Opinion

In My Own Words: For the good of the nation or the individual?

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman
I’d already read and reviewed one non-fiction work about the Kindertransport – when more than 10,000 Jewish and non-Jewish minors were able to escape from areas controlled by Nazi Germany and receive shelter in England between November 1938 and September 1939* …

Post-war: Israel and Gaza

By Bill Simons 

“They make a desert and call it peace”: that line from the writing of Tacitus, a historian of ancient Rome, is subject to mistaken contextualization, often falsely employed as a descriptor of the salting of defeated Carthage’s soil. Nonetheless, it speaks truth. Many …

In My Own Words: A look at my personal 2023

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

I recently read “The Man Who Died Twice,” the second book in Richard Osman’s Thursday Murder Club series. The four main characters are in their 70s and, when referring to their ages, acknowledge that they are old. After reading the book (which was very funny,…

In My Own Words: Kissinger and the Cambodian genocide

By Rabbi Rachel Esserman

If you are an admirer of Henry Kissinger, you might not want to read this column because it will tarnish his image for you. But after his recent death, I feel compelled to share what I have long thought: Kissinger should have stood trial as a war criminal for the il…

Israel, antisemitism and higher ed. in America

By Bill Simons

Antisemitism in higher education is not new. Prior to the Cold War, many of America’s most prestigious universities employed student quotas, formal or de facto, and old-boy faculty hirings to limit the Jewish presence on campus. Although he failed to persuade the overseers …