Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Editorial: A look back at the year 5777

It was a doozy of a Jewish year, 5777. And based upon the first week of 5778, we will need to buckle up tight for our ride through the new year. In the run-up to the High Holy Days over recent decades, epochal events have provided much for us to ponder as we gathered for […]

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Editorial: Vacanza in Italia

It was two weeks of sun, sea, mountains, palm trees, palazzos, piazzas, art galleries, wonderful food and wine: my vacanza in Italia, with my wife, three sons and one girlfriend. Also, some of the Swedish in-laws drove down to see us; we were 13 for one dinner on the patio of the villetta high up […]

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Editorial: With Trump, it’s not going to get better

If a novelist were to write a political satire about a reality TV star who runs for president and wins, and whose presidency soon goes off the rails, critics would complain that the story requires too great a suspension of disbelief on the part of readers. However, by a fluke of the Electoral College, most […]

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Editorial: We remember victims of the Holocaust

The annual Twin Cities Yom HaShoah Commemoration will be held 7 p.m. this Sunday, April 23 at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park. I urge all of our readers to attend this somber and moving event, which is sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. This year’s remembrance of […]

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Editorial: Back to Egypt

In his recent review of Haggadot, Forward columnist Jay Michaelson comments, “We disagree about many things, and we argue about them at the Seder. But this year, as we watch a minority-elected president attack the press, the courts, immigrants and allies around the world, it feels like the opposite of seder, which means ‘order.’ It […]

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Editorial: Trump responds to anti-Semitic threats, finally

Like many political observers, my Swedish wife and I were taken aback last weekend, when we were watching President Trump deliver a campaign-style speech, in Melbourne, Fla., and he decried an alleged terrorist incident in Sweden: “You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden,” Trump declared. “Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden. They took […]

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Editorial: Minnesota Legislature debates Israel

This week, some legislators at the Capitol in St. Paul paused from discussing the mundane issues of state government and heard arguments related to the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There’s no foreign affairs committee in either body of the Legislature, so the first hearing on the “No Boycott of Israel” bill (H.F. 400/S.F. 247) occurred in […]

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Editorial: Make America Hate Again

On Monday, 16 Jewish community centers in the South and Northeast of the United States received bomb threats. The threatening calls were both prerecorded and live, according to a JTA report. Many of the JCCs were evacuated, as police searched the buildings for explosives. “In the Northeast it’s 20 degrees outside, and these individuals are doing […]

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

Editorial: Did Russia stage a coup d’état?

There now seems to be more to the bromance between President-elect Donald J. Trump and Vladimir Putin, president of the Russian Federation. Last week, the Central Intelligence Agency reported to lawmakers that the Russian government hacked Democratic Party computer systems, and made documents available to WikiLeaks, in an attempt to harm Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign […]

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Editorial: Neo-Nazis in the White House

President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counsel represents a great danger for the United States. Bannon, who was the chief executive of the Trump presidential campaign, is the former executive chairman of Breitbart News. Bannon has boasted that the website is “the platform for the alt-right,” which is […]