Back in the day when world events still had the capacity to shock, Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) — its 80th anniversary commemorated Friday and Saturday — was a clear foreshadowing of events that led to the Holocaust.
Despite a culture of innovation that has mastered high-tech and even produced a Wonder Woman, Israel is not often the envy of other nations. It is a perpetual target — especially when it comes to its own self-defense.
A true paradox of this age of 24-hour news cycles and big data, where everything is verifiable and every moment is captured on smart phones, is that news itself is being called “fake,” with facts casually disputed as lies.
Brack Obama hosted Hanukkah parties at the White House throughout his presidency, but he waited until shortly after his final one, the day right before Hanukkah, to deliver his parting shot to the Jewish people. If only this Hanukkah gift could be returned.
Abstaining from the UN Security Council Resolution that condemned all Israeli settlements, including East Jerusalem, as having “no legal validity,” deemed the Western Wall as Palestine proper, backtracked on UN Security Council Resolution 242 by redrawing Israel’s border back to the pre-1967 armistice line and reneging on the entire “land for peace” principle, is a bitter betrayal.
Never before have liberals and progressives had so little in common; indeed, the words themselves are beginning to mean very different things.
The Democratic Party is suffering through a summer identity crisis, courtesy of Bernie Sanders’ now-unwinding insurgency against the liberal establishment. His promises—of universal healthcare, tuition-free state college, and a more aggressive taxation of the top one percent—are forcing liberal Democrats to decide whether equality of outcome, rather than opportunity, is the new rallying cry of the old Left.
Thane Rosenbaum, a novelist, essayist and Distinguished Fellow at NYU School of Law, is the director of the Forum on Law, Culture & Society, and the author of “How Sweet It Is!,” due out in paperback in the fall.
Nothing sells papers or glues eyes to screens like a community in crisis — the indiscreet infighting that exposes the fallibility of a family.