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. […]

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 […]