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. […]

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Editorial: Trump fans the flames of hate

In 1968, I attended a George Wallace rally in Minneapolis. Some of our younger readers might not recall the segregationist governor of Alabama, who ran for president on the ticket of the American Independent Party. In a year that saw the assassinations of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sen. Robert Kennedy, and a […]

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Editorial: ‘You know the feelings of a stranger’

You shall not oppress a stranger, for you know the feelings of a stranger, having yourselves been strangers in the land of Egypt. — Exodus 23:9 In his November 2014 speech on reforming this nation’s broken immigration system, President Barack Obama paraphrased the preceding verse from Exodus, and said: “My fellow Americans, we are and […]

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Editorial: Bernie Sanders for president

Let’s travel back to a perilous day in our country’s history: Dec. 5, 2008. Unbeknownst to the public, or to our elected representatives, the Federal Reserve, the nation’s central bank, provided $1.2 trillion to bail out the most needy banks in the land. “Bankers didn’t mention that they took tens of billions of dollars in […]

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Editorial: A rising tide of bigotry

Asma Jama, a 38-year-old Minneapolis resident, was dining with cousins and young nieces in a Coon Rapids Applebee’s on Oct. 30. After being in the restaurant for less than a half hour, a woman at a nearby table butted into Jama’s conversation and objected to her speaking a foreign language, Swahili. The drunk and belligerent […]

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Editorial: Like a ‘zombie movie’

I’m certain that Jewish World readers have been distressed by the upsurge in violence in Israel and the West Bank. As the Jewish World went to press this week, at least eight Israelis had been killed in random attacks, mainly stabbings perpetrated by Palestinian teenagers. On the flip side, Israeli police and civilians killed some […]

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Editorial: Donald Trump, the neo-Nazis’ choice

In the movie Idiocracy, an army suspended animation experiment goes awry and two test subjects find themselves stranded in a degraded version of the United States — 500 years in the future. Corporal Joe Bauers (Luke Wilson) goes about exploring the dystopian land, where the populace has become abysmally lazy and ignorant, and speaks “a […]

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Editorial: Preventing the spread of nuclear weapons

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has caused a stir with his revelations that Israel planned to attack Iran on four occasions, from 2009 to 2012. The Times of Israel, an online site, reported Tuesday that Barak told biographers Ilan Kfir and Danny Dor “that he and Netanyahu wanted to attack Iran in 2010, but […]

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Editorial: Looking ahead to the second century

We made it. The newspaper of Minnesota’s Jewish community is marking 100 years of continuous publication — under the American Jewish World flag — with this special edition. (Click HERE to see the cover photo collage.) First, the Jewish World and its parent company, Minnesota Jewish Media, LLC, is deeply appreciative of the subscribers and […]