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Why Conspiracy Theorists Like Marjorie Taylor Greene Always Land on the Jews

Once you’ve decided that an invisible hand is behind the world’s problems, it’s only a matter of time before you decide it belongs to an invisible Jew

February 1, 2021

How Do You Say ‘Quidditch’ in Yiddish?

The inside story of how ‘Harry Potter’ was translated into Yiddish.

February 6, 2020

Can Bernie Sanders Fix America’s Broken Anti-Semitism Conversation?

The presidential trailblazer just took a historic first step toward national dialogue about anti-Semitism. But its success will depend on whether he’s willing to confront some hard choices.

November 12, 2019

Yair Lapid Wants to Teach Israelis to Understand American Jews. Will He Get the Chance?

The Israeli opposition leader has a very different vision for American and Israeli Jews than the current government.

September 17, 2019

The Truth About Bibi, Israel’s Very Dispensable Man

Why Netanyahu’s case for his reelection fails on its own terms.

September 13, 2019

Chaim Bloom’s Diamond Life

The senior VP of baseball operations for the Tampa Bay Rays explains how his team changed the way the game is played—and why he keeps a jar of gefilte fish in his office.

April 2, 2019

13 Inconvenient Truths About What Has Been Happening in Gaza

The reality is much messier than the partisan echo chambers would have you believe.

May 16, 2018

The Mormons on Mount Scopus

How a religious real-estate controversy in Jerusalem brought thousands to the streets in protest, caused a no confidence vote in the Israeli government, and inspired an anti-Mormon Jewish pop song—then was entirely forgotten

May 15, 2015

‘Jeopardy’ for Jews: Who Wants To Be the World’s Next Top Torah Scholar?

Israelis usually win the International Bible Contest. But one year, two young Americans defied the odds in a televised showdown.

May 1, 2014

How Kosher Came to Campus

The great knish controversy erupted at Harvard in the spring of 1992. It began with a toaster oven.

January 22, 2014

Reconciling Modern Biblical Scholarship With Traditional Orthodox Belief

Who wrote the Torah? An unlikely group of Orthodox scholars has launched a website that gets to the heart of the Jewish faith.

September 18, 2013

Cory Booker’s Jewish Story

How the Newark mayor and Senate candidate’s adopted Jewish identity—shaped by his Orthodox mentors—reflects his unique brand of politics

August 12, 2013

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Washington Post

Trump couldn’t steal the election. That doesn’t mean warnings were overblown.

As the Hebrew Bible and its interpreters understood, the paradox of foreseeing future dangers is that if people listen to you, the worst is averted and the prophecy is falsified.

November 30, 2020

Trump keeps pushing anti-Semitic stereotypes. But he thinks he’s praising Jews.

As a man who has always stood solely for his own naked self-interest, Trump does not see the anti-Semitic conception of the self-interested Jew as a complaint, but rather a compliment.

August 21, 2019

The Complicated History of Thomas Jefferson’s Koran

How a translation of Islam’s holiest book intended to convert Muslims to Christianity became a potent symbol of Muslim American political ascendance

January 2, 2019

The Pittsburgh Shooter Didn’t Hate ‘Religion,’ He Hated Jews. We Should Say So

Why do many people—from Kellyanne Conway to Jeremy Corbyn—keep erasing Jews from the story of their own murders?

November 2, 2018

Conspiracy Theories About the Rothschilds Are a Symptom. The Problem is Much Deeper

When an anonymous troll of any political persuasion trumpets anti-Semitic conspiracy theories on social media, it is the sign of a broken person.

March 21, 2018

You Don’t Have to Be a Muslim to Be Horrified By Trump’s Anti-Muslim Bigotry

Neither Trump’s anti-Muslim animus nor his cavalier attitude toward publicizing its purveyors should come as a surprise.

November 29, 2017

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The Atlantic

How To Stop Holocaust Deniers and Misinformation Peddlers on Facebook

Facebook fails to comprehend the nature of Holocaust denial and other forms of bigotry—and so it’s aiding their spread, instead of combatting them.

July 19, 2018

‘Homeland’ Is Anything but Islamophobic

Despite accusations from critics and scholars, the show doesn’t reinforce stereotypes about “good” Americans and “evil” Arabs and Muslims—it challenges them.

December 18, 2012

Why ‘The West Wing’ is a Terrible Guide to American Democracy

It’s good TV, but politicians from Burma to Brussels are wrong to believe it will teach them about how to emulate the U.S. system.

October 1, 2012

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New York Times

Confessions of a Digital Nazi Hunter

We built a Nazi-hunting Twitter bot to expose racists on the platform. Then Twitter banned the bot—and left the Nazis. The great irony of the whole affair? The bot was doing Twitter’s job for it.

December 27, 2017

Wall Street Journal

Religion: As Seen Inaccurately on Screen

Fed up with Hollywood’s portrayal of faith, some believers are making their own shows and films.

February 28, 2014

The Jewish Review of Books

No Sex in the City: On Srugim

Srugim is the kind of show that doesn’t usually make it to television, even in Israel.

Spring 2010