Rafael Castro

The Diaspora and its discontents

Diaspora Jewish reasoning is the reasoning of a minority., 2/8/2020, 9:38 PM

How Jews were deceived again at Auschwitz

The words missing from the statements of the Islamic delegation that visited Auschwitz and why we should realize that it is nothing more than a public relations stunt., 1/26/2020, 8:22 AM

How to fight African-American antisemitism

Anti-Semitic trends in African-American communities are corroborated by surveys highlighting how anti-Jewish feelings are more pronounced among blacks than whites in America and particularly among younger and college-educated blacks., 1/12/2020, 4:00 PM

The immorality of Islamic violence

The jihadist does not kill and die to help his people and his faith. There is something else motivating his actions. Take Gaza-launched rockets, for example., 12/17/2019, 8:47 PM

The Ethics of the devil

Islamists and Christian fundamentalists tend to demonize opponents in a way that is alien to the attitude of most observant Jews., 12/2/2019, 10:49 PM

The culture war over Jewish values

The real 'Jewish values' are not necessarily whatever is trending and perhaps observant Jews should take back that expression before it is too late. , 11/12/2019, 7:47 AM

Why Jews should oppose European Federalism

It is remarkable to realize how similar the misplaced hopes Jews pinned on a united Italy and a united Germany in the 19th century were to those placed on the European unification process in our days. The reasons this is a mistake are varied., 10/27/2019, 2:48 PM

Time for Europeans to pay for pay-to-slay

As a European taxpayer, I am as complicit in the murder of innocent Jews as was the average German citizen during the Third Reich. And that is without taking into account the antisemitism raging in Europe itself., 10/10/2019, 5:00 PM

Hard-hitting thoughts on Race in America

Western societies could have learned that the lesson to be learned from racist crimes is that every human life is endowed with holiness. Instead, the West chose to believe in the sameness of all races., 9/29/2019, 11:44 AM

When Liberals and White Nationalists see eye-to-eye

Liberals will be aghast at being compared to white nationalists, but both camps are obsessed with race. , 7/19/2019, 5:30 PM

What leftist Jews don't get

Ze'ev Jabotinsky claimed most Jews are politically idiots., 7/14/2019, 4:16 PM

Is it good for the Jews? A litmus test for good government

The relationship between bad governance and unfair treatment of Jews is easily traced. It may start with the Jews, but it doesn't end there., 6/26/2019, 6:42 AM

Shavuot to a Noahide: Mosaic commandments and Noahide commandments

A moral system that lacks a sense of the divine is eventually degraded to a mere human convention, whose observance reflects utilitarian considerations rather than any transcendent goal. Are Noahide laws only ethical or is there a spiritual element?, 6/5/2019, 10:09 PM

Arab Allies want Israel to crush Hamas

Arab autocrats, who need Israel far more than Israel needs them, desire a confident Israel to crush its enemies, not a craven country that bends to terrorists., 5/27/2019, 4:30 PM

God, gratitude and intentionality

Faith in God is a valuable means to not take the gifts of life for granted., 5/14/2019, 11:00 PM

Gandhi and Mandela cannot be role-models for Israel

Leaders such as Yitzhak Rabin and Pope Francis followed in the footsteps of Gandhi and Mandela, expecting dialogue to win over Islamic hearts and yield peace and reconciliation. It doesn't work., 4/30/2019, 11:00 PM

Trump, Pittsburgh and Poway

Rightist and leftist antisemites are encouraged to come out of the woodwork by the normalization of antisemitism in the mainstream media and progressive politics., 4/28/2019, 7:12 AM

Open letter to the Jewish People

Jews have spread many revolutionary and ideological messages in the past. The irony cannot be missed that all these ideologies turned against Judaism., 3/31/2019, 12:08 PM

Western nations should emulate Israel’s Law of Return

The law reflects the fact that societies are stronger and healthier when they gravitate around a shared value-system., 2/14/2019, 5:00 PM

Anti-Zionism is to blame

Refuting every anti-Israel slander is a losing game., 2/7/2019, 10:03 PM

Is an Islamic Reformation possible?

Christianity went through a Reformation in the 16th century. Can Islam do the same in the 21st? , 1/29/2019, 7:48 AM

The Reform Movement sabotages the Jewish-Gentile symbiosis

The Reform Movement has turned most Diaspora Jews into ethical monotheists - that is, Noahides., 1/8/2019, 12:36 AM

Is Islamic anti-Zionism comparable to Nazi anti-Semitism?

The fact Hamas would rather starve the children of Gaza than coexist with a Jewish neighbor epitomizes the degree to which Jew-hatred is a paramount value in the contemporary Islamic World., 12/14/2018, 7:00 AM

Open letter to the President of the Conference of European Rabbis

Bigotry is not what drives European right wing parties today. In fact, the worldview of these parties is motivated by the same values that motivate right-wing Zionism., 12/5/2018, 9:06 AM

Islam's willing executioners: The Asia Bibi travesty

The story of Asia Bibi leads to some tough questions which should make honest and intelligent readers reflect on the state of our mainstream discourse about Islam., 11/25/2018, 9:30 AM

Jews should study Islam, not hate it

It is not Hamas’ rockets which we should fear, but politicians and intellectuals with an Islamic agenda., 11/19/2018, 11:36 PM

Why most US Jews could vote Republican in the 2026 midterm elections

The lavish expansion of welfare schemes hurting upwardly-mobile professionals will bring the bulk of Jewish middle-aged professionals to vote conservative., 11/5/2018, 6:19 AM

The elusive Moderate Muslims

Moderate Muslims belong to four main categories: the non-practicing, the textual cherry-pickers, the impostors, and the brave., 10/21/2018, 9:45 AM

Nazi Ethics in the 21st century?

We would like to believe that the Nazi ethos was buried under the ruins of Europe in 1945. Unfortunately, this is not the case., 9/16/2018, 9:49 AM

Why I regret having supported alternative definitions of 'marriage'

A look at the LGBT liberation movement shows that human rights are not the issue. , 8/2/2018, 7:18 AM

The Chosen People and anti-Semitism

Most Jews are unable to adequately explain the concept of Jewish election to outsiders. Most Gentiles think Jews feel they are better than others because G-d chose them., 7/5/2018, 3:42 PM

Europe must pay for its appeasement of Iran

Northern European leaders are the spineless leaders of pampered populations hostile to Israel. Israel must approach them with that in mind., 6/15/2018, 12:17 PM

Nations are not airport lounges

Multiculturalism is the antithesis of a common ideology keeping a country together., 6/4/2018, 10:01 AM

The Holocaust did not legitimize Zionism

If international public opinion does not understand that Jews deserved Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in 1933 no less than in 1948, it will infer that Zionism owes its legitimacy to Hitler.  , 5/22/2018, 7:11 PM