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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • Who doesn’t love a Holocaust memorial?

    Richard Finan didn’t think the Ohio State House was an appropriate venue for a Holocaust memorial. But what he did next is unlikely to help his cause.

  • EU guidelines — read them here

    JTA has obtained a copy of the new EU guidelines on the West Bank, Gaza, Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem. Read em’ for yourself:

  • Opposing gay marriage is opposing love

    One comes to understand many things after 97 years of life. Here’s one: Sex may fade, but love …. that’s forever. So says Issur Danielovitch, the man better known to the world as the nonagenarian actor Kirk Douglas.

  • Goat love

    Sarah Chandler, the director of earth based spiritual practice at the Isabella Freedman retreat center in Connecticut, gets swamped by a herd of goats that seem to really love her hair.

  • If not the blacks, the Jews

    Fresh off President Obama’s South Africa, and as the world still holds its breath for Nelson Mandela, Roger Cohen offers a reminiscence on the attitudes of South Africa’s Jews during apartheid.

  • Mandela family’s message to Jews

    The family of the ailing South African leader thanks the Jewish community for its love and support.

  • Rabbi: Only messiah can straighten out gay ruling (UPDATED)

    Some more Orthodox responses to this week’s Supreme Court decision on gay marriage.

  • Who’s your rebbe?

    What do you do if a group quotes your rabbi to condemn something you’ve done? Naturally, you quote their rabbi back at them.

  • Short and sweet on gay marriage

    The haredi Orthodox Agudath Israel of America’s take on the gay marriage decision: Society’s mores may shift and crumble but eternal verities exist. One is marriage, the union of a man and a woman.

  • Peres’ lessons learned

    What does Shimon Peres have to teach us after nearly nine decades of life?