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 […]

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Editorial: Trumpism after Trump

It looks at this writing (just prior to the third presidential debate) that Donald J. Trump, the deranged bête noire of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, is headed for a crushing defeat. The recent release by the Washington Post of a 2005 audio recording of the GOP nominee discussing how as a “star” he “can […]

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Editorial: Simcha in London

There is one more Bat Mitzva notice for this edition of the newspaper: Ariel Specktor, daughter of Jonathan Specktor and Alessia Kosagowsky and sister of Oliver, was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzva on Saturday, Sept. 10 at Maidenhead Synagogue, in Maidenhead, United Kingdom. Ariel is the granddaughter of Franca Kosagowsky, of Rome, […]

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Editorial: Trump’s dumpster fire

There was some good news last week. The Trump presidential campaign is slumping seriously in the polls. Statistician Nate Silver recently wrote on the FiveThirtyEight blog: “The recent Fox News, Marist College and NBC News/Wall Street Journal national polls show Trump trailing Clinton by 9 to 14 percentage points, margins that would make for the […]

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Editorial: ‘Two societies bleeding into each other’

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) held its biennial convention in Minneapolis, from July 18-21. I attended parts of two afternoon sessions at the Minneapolis Convention Center: on July 18, I heard Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speak (she got the AFT endorsement for president); and on July 19, I attended a session that […]

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Editorial: Searching for racial reconciliation

In a previous Jewish World editorial, I concluded: “There are myriad social problems in the United States; but the recent social justice movement that has taken to the streets of American cities from Oakland to New York, and from Minneapolis to Ferguson, should be a topic of discussion in our synagogues, and wherever we gather. […]