Category Archives: American Jews

Should American Jews Worry About Antisemitism?

A recent survey tells us that more than 90% of American Jews are “concerned” about antisemitism, and almost half of them have experienced it either directly, or “through family or friends.” I wondered if things were better or worse for … Continue reading

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My Brush with Censorship

For the past seven years I’ve written a regular column for a newsletter that is distributed several times a year by the Jewish Federation in my home town in California. I write about what’s going on in Israel, explain our … Continue reading

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Hanukah: Stay Jewish and Defeat our Enemies

Next Monday is the first day of Hanukah, a holiday that is not mentioned in the Torah, but like Purim and (more controversially) Yom Ha’atzmaut, came along later as a commemoration of fraught and violent events. What are we celebrating … Continue reading

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American Liberal Judaism Saws Off the Memetic Branch It’s Sitting On

Islam is on track to become the world’s most widespread religious faith and will probably surpass Christianity in number of believers by 2070. There are many reasons for this. One way to explain the growth or decline of a religious … Continue reading

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Poll of American Jews has Distressing Results

Most American Jews say they “support Israel.” But a recent poll casts serious doubt on this, or at least indicates that their idea of “support” is not what one might expect. The poll was done by the Jewish Electorate Institute, … Continue reading

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Are the American People Smarter than they Look?

My father believed in social progress. He was a traditional Jewish liberal, maybe a bit on the left side despite having become a successful businessman. He was born on the lower East Side of Manhattan, lived through the crash and … Continue reading

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Have the Jewish People Become too “WEIRD?”

Earlier this week I wrote about what Yoram Hazony calls “The Virtue of Nationalism,” the idea that independent nation-states with ethnically homogeneous populations and limited borders provide a better opportunity to maximize individual freedom and satisfaction than large imperial conglomerations … Continue reading

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Jonathan Pollard is a Litmus Test. But for What?

The arrival of Jonathan Pollard in Israel 35 years after his arrest for espionage on Israel’s behalf has made me think about the position of the Jew in the diaspora, particularly in America. There are facts about Pollard’s case that … Continue reading

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