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Matthew M. Hausman

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Why is it so difficult to define antisemitism?

Even among those who condemn it, there is little consensus about what constitutes antisemitism. Is it disdain for Jews as a faith community or as a people? Is it motivated by hatred of doctrine or ethnicity? Opinion.

Why is it so difficult to define antisemitism?

The Islamophobia myth

Is there another people on earth against whom their murder, rape, and torture arouse enmity rather than empathy?

The Islamophobia myth

Jewish unity during times of crisis

For perhaps the first time since the Yom Kippur War , Jews from across the political spectrum were able to find common ground. Op-ed.

Jewish unity during times of crisis

Teaching and celebrating terrorism on campus–a professor’s view

What is taught at US colleges is not higher education, it is academic fraud. In US law, terrorists are unlawful combatants. Read on. Op-ed.

Teaching and celebrating terrorism on campus–a professor’s view

Why progressives can’t simply condemn antisemitism

Democrats demand the suppression of speech they disagree with, but they cannot seem to unify against crass antisemitism. Op-ed.

Why progressives can’t simply condemn antisemitism

Proportionality iin a terror war is antisemitism by another name

Support from those who recognize the threats faced by Israel is nice, but is not a prerequisite for the exercise of its strength.

Proportionality iin a terror war is antisemitism by another name

Confronting antisemitism takes a strong Jewish identity

In order to defend themselves, Jews must know who they are and where they come from.  Op-ed.

Confronting antisemitism takes a strong Jewish identity

A president who undermines Israel and Jews who support him

The term “useful idiots” describes those who should know better than to support causes that threaten them but do so anyway. Op-ed.

A president who undermines Israel and Jews who support him

Selective outrage in response to antisemitism

Use of antisemitic cliches by progressives against strongly identified Jews has been ignored by the mainstream Jewish establishment. Op-ed.

Selective outrage in response to antisemitism

Respect for Jews who act like Jews

A moment of clarity on the way to the synagogue. Op-ed.

Respect for Jews who act like Jews

The mainstreaming of American antisemitism

Not all hatreds are equal Bigotry in the US is steadily declining against most minorities but drastically increasing against Jews. Op-ed.

The mainstreaming of American antisemitism

Distinguishing friend from foe in matters of faith

The role of the Assemblies of God evangelicals in creating and promoting “messianic Judaism” as conversionary subterfuge cannot be ignored.

Distinguishing friend from foe in matters of faith

Conflicting stereotypes in contemporary antisemitism

Different antisemitic stereotypes are applied by antisemites to Jews, Jews to antisemites, and Jews to themselves. Op-ed..

Conflicting stereotypes in contemporary antisemitism

False hysteria over Israeli democracy

Progressive critics, take note: the US system at its core is not a pure democracy at all, but a constitutional republic. Op-ed.

False hysteria over Israeli democracy

My grandparents’ greatest gift was their history

They believed in both their history and destiny as Jews. Loss of personal and collective Jewish identity in the USA pained them. Op-ed.

My grandparents’ greatest gift was their history

Interfaith dialogue - a failure by definition

Non-Orthodox rabbis embrace the progressive ideals of their Christian counterparts, using modern terms for an ancient hatred. Op-ed.

Interfaith dialogue - a failure by definition

Jewish illiteracy in academia – view from the trenches

The erosion of Jewish literacy among today’s secular & non-Orthodox Jews, establishment organizations, academics, and intellectuals.

Jewish illiteracy in academia – view from the trenches

We must stop sweeping woke antisemitism under the rug

Ignorance may not be antisemitic, but crafty denial of history is, as is skewing Jewish values to bolster up false claims. Op-ed.

We must stop sweeping woke antisemitism under the rug

Political disinformation – 'stumbling block before the blind'

All Jews should be alarmed at the politicization of language to inflame partisan tensions, often culminating in antisemitic violence. Op-ed.

Political disinformation – 'stumbling block before the blind'

Antisemitism, the story of multilayered hatred

Jewish identity is religious, but also ethnic and bespeaks national existence going back thousands of years- all reasons for hatred. Op-ed.

Antisemitism, the story of multilayered hatred

Jewish assertiveness

Judaism has to be authentic, with values my father held dear, innately and organically Jewish, not progressive attempts to 'pass'.Op-ed.

Jewish assertiveness

The decline and fall of journalistic integrity

The decline of American journalism has been realized by reporters and editors acting as partisan foot soldiers instead of watchdogs. Op-ed.

The decline and fall of journalistic integrity

What my mother taught me about charity

The humanitarian impulse was so ingrained over the generations that Jews became known for donating more than any other group. Op-ed.

What my mother taught me about charity

Progressive politics don't define the "Righteous Gentile"

The Jewish concept of righteousness cannot be molded to fit a preoccupation with “social justice” that threatens the Jewish future.Op-ed.

Progressive politics don't define the "Righteous Gentile"

Antisemitism in America: what would Émile Zola say?

Eerily, the hatred of French Jews during the Dreyfus Affair foreshadowed the antisemitic slogans that now fill the American landscape.Op-ed.

Antisemitism in America: what would Émile Zola say?

When antisemitism gets personal

The antisemitic incidents of my youth were not hatred hiding behind geopolitical rationalizations or academic pretensions. Op-ed.

When antisemitism gets personal

Jewish apathy fuels missionary zeal

Israelis want to foster evangelical support, but often do not distinguish Christian missionaries from those who are not, Op-ed.

Jewish apathy fuels missionary zeal

A crisis of Jewish leadership - politics trumps Jewish issues

Biden is never challenged by the media and a progressive Jewish establishment to whom liberal politics means more than Judaism. Op-ed.

A crisis of Jewish leadership - politics trumps Jewish issues

Social media: Selective outrage

The internet has come to resemble medieval Europe during the time of the Black Death, when Jews were accused of poisoning wells. Op-ed.

Social media: Selective outrage

The ethical decline of American journalism

Media demonization of Israel and whitewashing of progressive antisemitism was the harbinger of its descent into anti-Trump absurdity. Op-ed.

The ethical decline of American journalism

Jewish left cries antisemitism to silence critics

Strangely, many Jewish liberal progressive leftists have become inured and blinded to the Jew-hatred prevalent on the left. Opnion.

Jewish left cries antisemitism to silence critics

The antisemitism pandemic

Liberals who tolerate no bigotry from conservatives will excuse antisemitic leftists who call for the destruction of Israel. Op-ed.

The antisemitism pandemic

Antisemitism is the politically correct hatred

Back to the politically correct Crusaders, Cossacks and Nazis. Like then, antisemitism is the only acceptable racism. Op-ed.

Antisemitism is the politically correct hatred

Is it anti-democratic to require MKs pledge loyalty to Israel?

Contrary to what critics might argue, pledges of loyalty are mandated by western political tradition. Opinion.

Is it anti-democratic to require MKs pledge loyalty to Israel?

Wake Up, Jewish Left!

Wake Up, Jewish Left!

Institutionalized Assimilation

Institutionalized Assimilation

A Farcical Peace Process

A Farcical Peace Process

Repairing the World

Repairing the World

The Search for Ritual Connection

The Search for Ritual Connection

Whither Conservative Judaism?

Whither Conservative Judaism?