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 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    March 17, 2017

JCC bomb threats are weapons of fear

(JTA)—The “fear itself” thing? FDR was on to something. The rash of JCC bomb threats and cemetery desecrations, combined with a general sense that the country is becoming more intolerant, has Jews on edge in ways they haven’t been in years....

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Features    September 9, 2016

In 'Blazing Saddles,' Gene Wilder helped recall a fading black-Jewish alliance

(JTA)-Last year I joined some 3,000 people at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for a wide-screen showing of Mel Brooks' 1974 Western parody "Blazing Saddles." In the...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    July 15, 2016

Trump can lay 'Stargate' to rest-assuming he wants to

(JTA)—Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign never recovered after he was caught on video telling a group of millionaires that 47 percent of Americans will always vote for Democrats because they don’t take “personal responsibility” for th...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    July 8, 2016

Why not Al Franken?

(JTA)—Last week Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said that if Hillary Clinton asked him to be her running mate, he’d take the job. “If Hillary Clinton came to me and said, ‘Al, I really need you to be my vice president, to run with me,’ I would...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    April 1, 2016

AIPAC and the perils of bipartisanship

WASHINGTON (JTA)—I am trying to imagine a conversation between Donald Trump’s people and a delegation of Reform rabbis and lay leaders. Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the Reform movement’s man in Washington, told me that Trump’s people have agreed to a...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    March 4, 2016

Our America-and Trump's

Two of my favorite television shows are about what I think it’s fair to call the “New America.” In Master of None, on Netflix, Indian-American comedian Aziz Ansari plays a struggling actor in a very real and recognizable New York. His best fri...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    January 1, 2016

Strangers in a welcoming land

December 22, 2015 I didn’t cry when I first saw the Western Wall, but I bawled like a baby when I first visited Ellis Island.  I thought about this over the weekend as I watched Brooklyn, director John Crowley’s emotionally devastating adaptati...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    December 4, 2015

Double standards and selective sympathy

From the attacks in Paris to the deadly toll of terror in Israel, events of the past week have reminded us of the wide gap between Jews and the rest of the world. As if we needed any reminding. Following the rampage in Paris, which left over 140...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    September 25, 2015

The Jewish divide: Who cares?

Let’s assume—despite evidence that polling on the issue was at best “quick and dirty,” according to one prominent analyst—that the Jewish establishment was out of step with most American Jews in opposing the Iran agreement. And let’s agre...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    July 31, 2015

Should Federations wade into the Iran nuke debate?

The history of Jewish democracy is scattered with congresses, parliaments, unions, councils, sejms, and kahals—all attempts to govern or speak for an unruly body of people who shared a common culture but lacked genuine political autonomy. Various...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    July 3, 2015

Let's learn for Charleston

There’s a lovely Jewish tradition of honoring the dead by engaging in Torah study. You can devote any number of mitzvot in the memory of the departed, but studying Torah is said to have particular mystical power. Tradition says it elevates the...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    June 5, 2015

When Hershey met Mary

I always had a soft spot for the comedian Anne Meara, in large part because she looked a lot like my mother, of blessed memory. Similar cheek bones, the wide smile, a deep dimple in her left cheek. My mother was usually there, too, on her side of...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    January 2, 2015

As they lay dying

At some point in the life of the average adult, the conversation shifts from “How are the kids?” to “What’s happening with your parents?” If you’re lucky, you can talk about two silver-haired retirees, enjoying their relative good...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    October 3, 2014

For the sake of heaven

I once heard a rabbi, a noted proponent of a Greater Israel, make a plea to his congregation for bipartisan empathy. This was just a few years after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, when both the Right’s dreams for an unchecked settlement...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    July 18, 2014

Beyond us and them

On Monday night I clicked over from a nail-biting, extra-innings Mets game to CNN’s coverage of the crisis in Israel. In short: Mets win, Israel loses.  While SNY.tv kept showing a did-he, didn’t-he replay of a disputed play at second, CNN...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    June 6, 2014

Crossing the line

During the wedding scene in Fiddler on the Roof, Perchik, the student revolutionary, breaks with tradition by crossing from the men’s side to the women’s side to dance with Tevye’s daughter Hodel. On stage it plays like a breakthrough; even...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    May 2, 2014

Dear esteemed editor...

n 1906, Abraham Cahan was looking to boost the circulation of the Forward, the Yiddish daily that he edited. Warheit, a rival for the affections of Yiddish-speaking immigrants, had begun to publish letters from readers seeking advice. Not to be outdo...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    November 8, 2013

An immoderate proposal

In Woody Allen’s Sleeper, the hero wakes up from cryogenic sleep to find out a war has wiped out the world as he knew it. “Over 100 years ago,” a doctor tells him, “a man named Albert Shanker got a hold of a nuclear warhead.” Allen knew...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    October 18, 2013

Margin of error

Above all, [the new Pew survey of American Jews] vindicates a thesis championed by the late sociologist Gary Tobin. He argued that calling up a random stranger and asking right off the bat about their religion is a sure way to get a false reading....

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    August 9, 2013

Hiding places

In the museum attached to Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, there is an exhibit called “Free2Choose.” Videos pose various scenarios: Should YouTube ban Holocaust denial? Should public schools allow Muslim girls to wear head scarves? The visitors...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    June 7, 2013

(Our) pride and (their) prejudice

My second-favorite joke about Jewish newspapers takes place in New York in the 1930s. Two Jews are sitting on a bench; Leo is reading the Yiddish paper, Morris is reading the Nazi tabloid Der Sturmer. Leo glares at his friend, asking, “How can you...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    May 31, 2013

List mania

“Of making many lists there is no end, and much blogging wearies the eyeballs.” Ecclesiastes doesn’t say that, exactly—but might have had the author lived to see the proliferation of lists ranking the most influential rabbis and other Jews....

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    May 24, 2013

Lost in the stars

By Andrew Silow-Carroll New Jersey Jewish News First, let’s take a deep breath. Stephen Hawking’s decision to join the academic boycott of Israel may be infuriating, but it’s not the end of the world. On balance, I’ll prefer to remember it...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    May 17, 2013

Between jihad and liberty

How much Islamophobia is just enough? That’s probably the least sensitive way to pose a question that has been bothering me lately. The Boston Marathon bombings gave a new boost to the cottage industry of “anti-jihad” activists, like Pamela...

 
 By Andrew Silow Carroll    Opinions    May 3, 2013

It's 2013-Let's debate Zionism

At a synagogue talk I recently gave, the topic turned to the treatment of Israel’s Arab citizens. A woman in the audience was obviously upset. “You talk about the Israeli Arabs, but how much more should we give them?” she asked. “They have...

 

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