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The Oscars Are Too White — and That’s a Jewish Problem

February 01, 2016 in Forward

Wishing Your Opponents Dead Is Not Good for Israelis or Palestinians

January 25, 2016 in Forward

Why Most Jewish Environmentalism Is Useless — on Tu B’Shvat and Every Other Day

January 22, 2016 in Forward

How David Bowie Made It OK To Be a Wandering Jewish Misfit

January 11, 2016 in Forward

The World’s Leading Kabbalist, Guru to Billionaires, Is Going to Jail

January 07, 2016 in Daily Beast

Unlike New Year’s Eve, Judaism Makes Endings Meaningful

December 29, 2015 in Forward

Saying Kaddish Isn’t Always Profound — and Yet

December 07, 2015 in Forward

Don’t Be Surprised When Student Activists Connect Israel to Campus Rape

December 03, 2015 in Forward

Are Jews Who Support Republicans Duped — Or Deliberately Blind?

November 20, 2015 in Forward

Do Endless Denominational Turf Wars Even Matter Anymore?

November 09, 2015 in Forward

A Lawsuit Cannot Stop the ‘Facebook Intifada.’ You Might.

November 04, 2015 in Forward

What Benjamin Netanyahu’s Insane Holocaust Claim Really Means

October 21, 2015 in Daily Beast

Hummus for Peace: As Extremists on Both Sides Escalate, the Israeli/Palestinian Peace Camp Looks Increasingly Impotent

October 20, 2015 in Daily Beast

Who Is To Blame for the Bloodshed and Despair in Israel? Everyone.

October 16, 2015 in Forward

The Intifada Will Be Instagrammed: How Social Media Has Already Enflamed the Latest Israel-Palestine Conflict

October 14, 2015 in Daily Beast

Why Ben Carson’s Rant About Gun Control and the Holocaust Is So Dangerous

October 09, 2015 in Forward

Why This Hasid Was Right To Flip the Bird to Kapparot Protester

September 21, 2015 in Forward

What Is a Jewish Response to Virginia On-Air Gun Killings?

August 29, 2015 in Forward

Progressive Judaism Won’t Win in My Lifetime. And That’s OK.

August 26, 2015 in Forward

Jerusalem Pride Organizer: “It Was Horrible”

August 03, 2015 in Forward

The Ultra-Orthodox Hatred Behind the Stabbing at Jerusalem Gay Pride

July 30, 2015 in Forward

Why U. of California Should Dump ‘Three D’ Definition of Anti-Semitism

July 22, 2015 in Forward

4 Reasons Why Sheldon Adelson Anti-BDS Campaign Will Backfire

July 06, 2015 in Forward

The Profoundly Jewish Lesson of the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

June 26, 2015 in Forward

The Jewish Leadership We Need

June 18, 2015 in Forward

Is Jewish Reaction to Jerusalem Passport Case Opportunistic — or Delusional?

June 11, 2015 in Forward

Why Caitlyn Jenner Is an American Triumph — and Good for the Jews

June 08, 2015 in Forward

Why Jewish Fundamentalism Is More Brazen Than Ever — and Not Just on the Plane

June 03, 2015 in Forward

The Nakedness of the Bible

May 24, 2015 in Forward

Shavuot, a Holiday To Celebrate Complexity and Nuance

May 20, 2015 in Forward

A ‘Fight of the Century’ Over ‘Pinkwashing’ and Israel

May 15, 2015 in Forward

Why Are Two Wealthy Gay Men Hosting a Benefit for Ted Cruz? Israel.

April 26, 2015 in Daily Beast

Why Birthright Next Was Doomed From the Start

April 24, 2015 in Forward

American Jews Should Have a New Goal — Recognizing Palestine

April 20, 2015 in Forward

The Kardashians Take Jerusalem

April 13, 2015 in Daily Beast

‘Moderate’ Israeli Rabbi Calls Obama a Biblical Mass Murderer

March 31, 2015 in Daily Beast

A Haggadah for Just About Every Taste

March 27, 2015 in Forward

Is anti-Semitism really increasing on US college campuses?

March 24, 2015 in Washington Post

We Might Have Lost — But We Were Right About Bibi

March 19, 2015 in Forward

In the grips of Jewish fundamentalism: New memoir sheds light on Hasidic community

March 17, 2015 in Washington Post

A Letter to the Israeli Voter

March 10, 2015 in Forward

Bibi Shows How Fear Makes Bad Policy

March 09, 2015 in Forward

Cheating Hasids Out of a Future

February 26, 2015 in Forward

Learning To Embrace the Hybrid Jew

February 23, 2015 in Forward

Israel’s Calls for Jews to Flee Europe Aren’t the Answer

February 18, 2015 in Daily Beast

It’s Time for the Jewish Megachurch

January 25, 2015 in Forward

6 Reasons ‘Pinkwashing’ Israel on Gay Rights Is So Wrong

December 30, 2014 in Forward

Enough With the Menorah Selfies Already!

December 22, 2014 in Forward

Israel Never Would’ve Killed ‘The Interview’ — So Why Did We?

December 19, 2014 in Forward

Coming to Terms With Death of the Jewish Mainstream

December 10, 2014 in Forward

I Admit It — I’m Binational-Curious

November 25, 2014 in Forward

Rabbis on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

November 11, 2014 in Forward

How ‘Klinghoffer’ Stereotypes Both Sides

October 27, 2014 in Forward

Why AIPAC Is Anti-Israel

October 25, 2014 in Forward

As Gaza Recedes in the Rear View Mirror

September 13, 2014 in Forward

How Ruth Calderon Transforms Israeli Politics — and Talmud

September 12, 2014 in Forward

What Judaism Can Learn From Burning Man

September 04, 2014 in Forward

How Do We Avenge Steven Sotloff’s Death?

September 03, 2014 in Forward

‘Unhappy Happiness,’ Or What Rabbi Nachman And Pharell Have in Common

August 16, 2014 in Forward

8 Reasons Menachem Creditor Is Wrong To Be ‘Done Apologizing’ for Israel

July 29, 2014 in Forward

5 Ways To Turn Down the Social Media Flame

July 16, 2014 in Forward

What Did You Expect?

July 08, 2014 in Forward

Reb Zalman, the Prophet of Both-And

July 03, 2014 in Forward

Death of the Jewish Left

June 23, 2014 in Forward

Right-Wing Activists: Yep, ‘Religious Freedom’ Protects Discrimination Against Jews

June 14, 2014 in Daily Beast

Why Simon Greer Firing Means Much More Than Another Jill Abramson #Pushy Affair

June 11, 2014 in Forward

Include Me Out of This Jewish Community

June 10, 2014 in Forward

Why Do Jews Meditate? It’s All in the Worrying!

May 26, 2014 in Forward

I Am 1 Billionth ‘Anti-Semite’

May 20, 2014 in Forward

Embracing the Irrationality of Circumcision and Kashrut

May 12, 2014 in Forward

Reb Zalman’s December Song

April 23, 2014 in Forward

The Hedonistic, Possibly Holocaust-Denying Sect That’s Hoodwinking Republican Congressmen

April 19, 2014 in Daily Beast

When Jesus Died at Auschwitz

April 17, 2014 in Forward

Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymph()maniac’ Is Uncomfortable But Thought-Provoking

April 14, 2014 in Forward

Why Abbas Was Right to Blink

April 08, 2014 in Forward

All The 2014 Haggadah Info You’ll Ever Need

April 03, 2014 in Forward

Only One Way To Change Hillel: Leave

March 17, 2014 in Forward

5 Reasons You Should Talk to BDS Supporters

March 04, 2014 in Forward

What’s More American Than Bob Dylan — and Super Bowl Car Ad?

February 04, 2014 in Forward

There’s a Good Reason for ‘Singling Out’ Israel

January 25, 2014 in Forward

Climate Change is a Sin—Here’s How to Repent For It

January 15, 2014 in Religion Dispatches

Judging Menachem Stark’s Jewish Life — Not Just His Death

January 06, 2014 in Forward

David Cooper, Father of BuJu

January 02, 2014 in Forward

Holiday Season Underlines Shifts in Judaism as Self-Definition Fades

December 24, 2013 in Forward

How Should We Feel About the Pew Study of #JewishAmerica?

December 23, 2013 in Forward

In Pursuing Bob Dylan for Hate Speech, Croatian Group Denies Holocaust

December 05, 2013 in Forward

What Does the ASA Boycott Mean? They Don’t Know.

December 04, 2013 in Daily Beast

Bar Mitzvah Boy Talks Gay Marriage

December 02, 2013 in Forward

Seeking Harmony and Finding Transcendence at The Cloisters

November 15, 2013 in Forward

Answer This Question: Why Be Jewish?

November 11, 2013 in Forward

George W. Bush Embraces Jews for Jesus

November 08, 2013 in Forward

Once Again, the Anti-Defamation League Defames

October 22, 2013 in Daily Beast

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Israel’s Pragmatic Kingmaker

October 08, 2013 in Daily Beast

Bagels Aren’t Enough

October 07, 2013 in Religion Dispatches

We’re Here, We’re Pro-Israel/Pro-Peace, We’re Used to It. Now What?

September 30, 2013 in Daily Beast

Can Catholic Church Thrive Without ‘Obsession’ on Gays and Abortion?

September 30, 2013 in Forward

Chelsea Manning’s Identity Crisis Is One Jews Should Relate To

September 04, 2013 in Forward

Forgetting the Mideast Conflict Is Easy in Israel — and That’s a Big Problem

August 04, 2013 in Forward

The Creeping Jewish Fundamentalism in Our Midst

May 27, 2013 in Forward

Confusing Israel’s Doves and Hawks

April 16, 2013 in Forward

Was Justin Bieber Right About Anne Frank?

April 15, 2013 in Forward

Making Sense of the Holiday Season’s Onslaught of New Haggadahs

March 14, 2013 in Forward

The Wrong Way To Fight BDS

February 21, 2013 in Forward

Watching as Israel’s Election Approaches

January 04, 2013 in Forward

Michaelson Answers Dershowitz

December 06, 2012 in Forward

Orthodox Rabbis Say Gay ‘Cure’ Therapy Doesn’t Work

December 01, 2012 in Daily Beast

Why I Supported The Palestine U.N. Vote

November 30, 2012 in Daily Beast

In Praise of New Age Judaism

November 20, 2012 in Forward

Who Wins This No-Win Situation?

November 19, 2012 in Daily Beast

Bad Night for the Jewish Echo Chamber

November 07, 2012 in Forward

A response to a stiff-necked playwright

November 05, 2012 in Jewish Publications (other)

Jewish Romney Voters Are Fig Leaf for Christian Right

October 24, 2012 in Forward

The Way I Was

October 08, 2012 in Forward

Bob Dylan’s Best and Worst Album Covers

October 02, 2012 in Forward

When the Right Is Right About the Left

July 30, 2012 in Forward

Olympic Committee Opposes Memorial for Israeli Athletes Killed in Munich

July 20, 2012 in Religion Dispatches

Is Dan Savage the Gay Santorum?

May 02, 2012 in Daily Beast

Israeli Conservative Movement Will Ordain Gay Rabbis

April 30, 2012 in Religion Dispatches

‘Abomination’ is Hate Speech (Shma)

April 10, 2012 in Jewish Publications (other)

An Anthem for LGBT Youth

April 08, 2012 in Forward

Why Are American Jews So Liberal?

April 03, 2012 in Forward

J Street’s Blind Spot Is Class

April 01, 2012 in Forward

‘Tis the Season for New Haggadot

March 23, 2012 in Forward

Can You Be a Zionist If No One Thinks You Are?

March 19, 2012 in Daily Beast

Why Climate Change is Bad for the Jews

February 07, 2012 in Zeek

Alleged Child Molesting Pastor Wrapped in Torah Scrolls

February 02, 2012 in Forward

Conservatives Have Jewish Values, Too: Cantor, Adelson and Kristol May Be Wrong, But Not Un-Jewish

January 30, 2012 in Forward

Fighting Back Against Fundamentalism

January 06, 2012 in Forward

Matisyahu Shaves His Beard

December 13, 2011 in Religion Dispatches

Pinkwashing Is Not Black and White

November 29, 2011 in Forward

A 20th-century solution to 21st-century problems

November 06, 2011 in Jerusalem Post

How Gay Rights Teaches Us Torah: Our Faith Grows Because Text Offers Room to Interpret Issues

November 04, 2011 in Forward

Swift-Boat Veterans of American Jewry Charge Anti-Semitism at Occupy Wall Street

October 27, 2011 in Religion Dispatches

The Religious Duty to Come Out

October 11, 2011 in Religion Dispatches

Don’t Call the Rabbi, Make Your Own Rituals

September 08, 2011 in Forward

Judaism 2030: Visions of a Jewish Tomorrow

May 25, 2011 in Zeek

The Four Sons as Characters from Glee

April 12, 2011 in Forward

Why is your Haggadah Different from Others?

April 05, 2011 in Forward

Gay and Orthodox: And Cleaving Strongly to Both

February 08, 2011 in Forward

Rethinking Egalitarianism

October 27, 2010 in Forward

DIY: Fighting homophobic bullying in the Jewish world

October 15, 2010 in Jewish Publications (other)

Story is the Peril of Service

October 01, 2010 in Zeek

Gay Marriage and ‘Religious Freedom’

August 18, 2010 in Forward

The Anti-Defamation League Jumps the Shark

August 13, 2010 in Religion Dispatches

Jewish LGBT leaders need to build a movement

June 29, 2010 in CNN

It’s Complicated: Why Ambivalence is Good for Israel…and American Jews

March 10, 2010 in Forward

28 Days, 28 Ideas #27: Spiritual Birthright

February 27, 2010 in Jewish Publications (other)

Un-Righteous Indignation: Anger Management–Kosher Style

February 21, 2010 in Forward

Taking Avatar Seriously: Environmentalisms, Spiritual and Practical

January 13, 2010 in Forward

The Myth of Authenticity

December 23, 2009 in Forward

Magen Tzedek: Model of the Jewish Future or Show Without an Audience?

November 18, 2009 in Forward

On Fire with Love and Ecstasy

November 01, 2009 in Moment

Love is Not Blindness

October 21, 2009 in Forward

Fetishizing the Trigger

October 08, 2009 in Reality Sandwich

How I’m Losing My Love for Israel

September 18, 2009 in Forward

Ephryme: Engaged Hip Hop Jew

September 11, 2009 in Forward

Gedaliah in the Eye of the Beholder

September 01, 2009 in Hadassah

A ‘New Jew’ Goes to Auschwitz

August 14, 2009 in Forward

A Missing Culprit, but Culpability All Around

August 14, 2009 in Forward

It is love that matters, not the sex of one’s beloved”: Leaders of LGBT Jewish Synagogues & Organizations Respond to the Attack in Tel Aviv

August 10, 2009 in Huffington Post

Why Straight People Go to Gay Synagogues — and What We Can Learn From Them

June 03, 2009 in Forward

The Lame Duck in Israel

May 29, 2009 in Jewcy

Freedom from the Slavery of Passover Seders

April 11, 2009 in Forward

Environmentalism: Good for the Jews

February 05, 2009 in Forward

The Israeli-American Prime Minister Bids Farewell

July 30, 2008 in Jewcy

In Defense of the Western Wall

July 17, 2008 in Forward

Are there any Jews in Narnia?

June 23, 2008 in Jewcy

Is Environmentalism a Jewish Issue?

June 01, 2008 in Jewish Publications (other)

Where the Light Gets in: The Crucible of Summer Camp

May 22, 2008 in Forward

Israel, Injustice, and Philip Glass’s Call to Arms

May 01, 2008 in Jewcy

Jewish Intelligent Design Proponents are Jewish Uncle Toms

April 20, 2008 in Jewcy

Peoplehood: There’s no there, there

April 16, 2008 in Forward

Mixing Heresy and High Fashion

March 31, 2008 in Jewcy

Sexual Hypocrisy is Not a Jewish Value

March 19, 2008 in Jewcy

The Virtues of the Unaffiliated

March 19, 2008 in Forward

Hot is the New Cool (Shma)

February 01, 2008 in Jewish Publications (other)

Thinking Green: It’s Not Just a Virtue — It’s Your Jewish Duty

December 24, 2007 in Forward

As Winter Falls, a Time To Learn From the Orthodox

November 28, 2007 in Forward

Memo to Michael Steinhardt: Duh

October 17, 2007 in Forward

Jewish Hipster Cool is Dead (Shma)

September 01, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

Conservative Judaism at a Crossroads

August 29, 2007 in Forward

Portrait of the Artist as a Nice Jewish Boy

July 10, 2007 in Forward

Apocalypse Now: Climate Change and Israel

July 03, 2007 in Jewish Publications (other)

Shrine of False Messiah in Turkey May Be Razed

May 18, 2007 in Forward

Judaism and the Culture of Outburst

May 11, 2007 in Forward

Boston Rabbinical Program Challenges Denominational Boundaries

March 16, 2007 in Forward

Spiritual Pioneers See a Different Shade Of Judaism: Green

February 02, 2007 in Forward

Zeek is not a Gay Magazine (but it is out)

January 01, 2007 in Zeek

In Jerusalem, Fundamentalism on the March

November 17, 2006 in Forward

Old Labels Feel Stiff for ‘Flexidox’

October 13, 2006 in Forward

Grassroots Spirituality: As Jews in the Woods Grows, It Weighs Whether to Open Its Doors

August 04, 2006 in Forward

Homelands of the Heart

July 04, 2006 in Jerusalem Post

The Unity of Opposites

January 27, 2006 in Forward

Israel’s ‘Mystical City’ Opens Its Doors to Outsiders

January 20, 2006 in Forward

Christmas in Jerusalem: Zionism, Ordinariness, and the Situation

January 01, 2006 in Zeek

Jewish Paganism: Oxymoron or Innovation?

December 09, 2005 in Forward

Disabuse Community of Intolerance

November 11, 2005 in Forward

Sukkot: From humble to inspired

October 14, 2005 in Forward

It’s the Deity, Stupid: Learning from the Kabbalah Center

October 11, 2005 in Jerusalem Post

A Little off the Top: The Controversy About Circumcision

September 02, 2005 in Forward

Eating Meditation for Passover

April 01, 2005 in Jewish Publications (other)

Lecha Dodi

June 21, 2004 in Jewish Publications (other)

Notes on Camp: How a Summer Choice for Kids Became a Linchpin of Jewish Continuity

June 11, 2004 in Forward

Secrets of the Rebbetzin: Hadassah Gross’s Penetrating Insights Into Kabbalah, Love and Yearning

May 14, 2004 in Forward

Secrets of the Rebbetzin

May 14, 2004 in Forward

A Watershed Year for Gays of Faith

January 02, 2004 in Forward

A Prayer Group of Their Own: Kol Zimrah and Other Do-It-Yourself Minyans Unite the Independent-Minded

November 14, 2003 in Forward

High Holy Days: Rabbi Cowan Speaks Out About Meditation, Action and New Job

September 26, 2003 in Forward