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Celebrating Shabbat in Armenia

No Jew fears walking the streets with a kippah and Christians played an active role in providing a community center and synagogue. Op-ed.

Celebrating Shabbat in Armenia

Reflections on Jews and money

Jews have historically had far better reasons to value money than most non-Jews, but those who have money are great philanthropists. Op-ed

Reflections on Jews and money

Pitfalls of Jewish-Muslim dialogue

Islamic antisemitism reached Christian proportions when Zionism proved Jews were better than Muslims at fighting and ruling. Op-ed.

Pitfalls of Jewish-Muslim dialogue

We haven't humiliated Russia enough

The country that needs denazification is not Ukraine, but Russia. Op-ed.

We haven't humiliated Russia enough

Political correctness and halakha

Being politically correct in its non-coercive aspects is very close to halakhic requirements for speech. Op-ed.

Political correctness and halakha

A rational redefinition of racism

Since racism is morally opprobrious, it is urgent to define racism in a way that does not include reasonable, rational actions. Op-ed.

 A rational redefinition of racism

A conservative marketplace – a timely response to corporate wokeness

America’s corporations lavish funds on organizations promoting CRT, identity politics and woke censorship that will destroy her. Op-ed;

A conservative marketplace-the response to corporate wokeness

Hasbara and its discontents

Israel's hasbara, allthough well meant, falls far below the level of the psychologically savvy content of Palestinian Arab sites. Opinion.

Hasbara and its discontents

Difference is the genesis of bigotry

The more homogeneous a society is, the less likely its citizens are to welcome foreigners..Op-ed.

Difference is the genesis of bigotry

The case for engaging with anti-Semitic ideas

The conventional approach of Jewish organizations to tackling antisemitism has created a counter-cultural movement.Op-ed

The case for engaging with anti-Semitic ideas

Is anti-Zionism necessarily anti-Semitic?

That question can be answered by anti-Zionists after they complete the questionnaire in the article below. Op-ed.

Is anti-Zionism necessarily anti-Semitic?

Gentiles, Jews and good manners

Shouting and shoving is no evidence of bad morals and lack of scruples, nor are good manners evidence of ethical behavior. Still...Op-ed.

Gentiles, Jews and good manners

Progressive politicians and Afghan refugees

Germany inviting Afghan refugees spells disaster for Europe. Op-ed.

Progressive politicians and Afghan refugees

Open letter to Pope Bergoglio

You gave the rabbis in Italy your word that you would not denigrate “Pharisees” in your sermons but you are doiing it again. Op-ed.

Open letter to Pope Bergoglio

Opening my eyes to Racism

The Racism of Low Expectations leads white progressives to laud a book that is pure drivel, only because it was written by a Black. Op-ed.

Opening my eyes to Racism

Critical Race Theory and its discontents

In CRT, a Jew who arrived penniless in America after the Holocaust is just as responsible for black slavery as plantation owners. Op-ed.

Critical Race Theory and its discontents

Reflections on Racism

The world is not racially stratified because whites plundered and enslaved other races, as our schools and media repeatedly suggest. Op-ed.

Reflections on Racism

Reflections on privilege in America

Hard-working,educated people succeed in America more than anywhere in the world, making.rhetoric about white privilege irrational. Op-ed

Reflections on privilege in America

Sinai is real

Arguing that non-Jews are inherently different to Jews is not a popular thesis, but intellectual rigor has led me to posit that view. Op-ed.

Sinai is real

Why Zionism is losing the PR war

Truth is more complicated than slogans. It is easier to believe simple slogans even if they are false. Op-ed.

Why Zionism is losing the PR war

On the role of intermediaries between Mohammed and believers

The Islamic world will emerge from its current nadir when it realizes that the less undiluted Mohammed, the better. Op-ed.

Intermediaries needed between Mohammed and believers

Woke racism

Wokeness is not a plan to bridge social and racial differences. It is a racist mob. Op-ed.

Woke racism

The Lebanonization of America

Comparing trends in the USA to the story of Lebanon may serve to show Americans the cost of not correcting their country’s course.Op-ed.

The Lebanonization of America

An Open Letter to Peter Beinart

The one-state solution in your new book is as plausible as a democratic state shared by Upper West Side Jews and KKK members. Op-ed.

 An Open Letter to Peter Beinart

Reagan and Thatcher in the 1980s and Trump today

Reagan and Thatcher were loathed by the left, but history has vindicated them. Op-ed.

Reagan and Thatcher in the 1980s and Trump today

Jews and Gentile politics

History shows how Jewish political and intellectual movements are systematically corrupted when hijacked by general society. Op-ed.

Jews and Gentile politics

A critique of Biden’s inauguration speech

Given the current climate in America, any presidential appeal to unity would be celebrated, if the president-elect was not named Trump.Op-ed

A critique of Biden’s inauguration speech

The psychopathology of Liberalism

When it comes to secular liberals and progressives, we must realize that we are facing religious zealots and rationality won't help. Op-ed.

The psychopathology of Liberalism

The religious realpolitik of the Iranian nuclear threat

If Iran delivered a victory over Zionism for the Ummah, millions of Sunni Muslims would feel drawn to the teachings of the Ayatollahs.Op-ed.

The religious realpolitik of the Iranian nuclear threat

Gentiles yearn for love from the God of Israel

The reverse scenario is unimaginable: No devout Jew would feel the need of approval from the Gospels, the Quran or the Baghavad Gita!

Gentiles yearn for love from the God of Israel

When Celts, Romans and Judeans collided

A Celtic maiden, of a tribe decimated by the Romans, meets Jewish teachings on her journey through the Empire. Book Review.

 When Celts, Romans and Judeans collided

The myth of a Social-Democratic America - it won't work

Given the multiracial and multiethnic character of America, the end-result of applying a Scandinavian model would be toxic. Opinion.

The myth of a Social-Democratic America - it won't work

Reflections of a Noahide on Jewish self-hatred

The Almighty must be really looking after the Jews if they survive despite being few, persecuted and sabotaged by a fifth column.Op-ed.

Reflections of a Noahide on Jewish self-hatred

Message to a progressive friend

Conservatives like me see no Mahatma Gandhi, no Martin Luther King, Lech Walesa or Václav Havel in your camp. Just demagogues. Op-ed.

Message to a progressive friend

What Jews can learn from black America

Jewish history compared with Black history proves that psychological pain can be ultimately more destructive than physical pain.Opinion.

What Jews can learn from black America

America’s “Nights of Rage”

The November elections are not a referendum about Trump. They are a referendum about America. Opinion.

America’s “Nights of Rage”

How can foreign journalists be helped to understand Israel?

Journalistic prejudice is not always anti-Israelism. It is often based on ignorance and urgently needs to be challenged creatively. Op-ed.

How can foreign journalists be helped to understand Israel?