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is JTA's former associate editor.


  • 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?

  • Careful what you post

    A San Francisco federation employee was let go today for violating company policies requiring preapproval for public communications, the federation CEO said.

  • When [general chaos] is a subtitle (UPDATED)

    Yair Lapid gave his first speech in the Knesset this week and went right for the jugular.

  • With friends like these

    Fox News reports: Federal authorities have accused two upstate New York men of assembling a portable X-ray weapon they intended to use against opponents of Israel.

  • Defending Irwin Cotler

    JTA has received a number of responses to an opinion piece this week suggesting that a Canadian lawmaker and former minister of justice was not involved in broad-based human rights work.