Editorials

Op eds, opinions, compilations.

The Pittsburgh Synagogue, Anti-Semitism and Trump

By Matt Miller All my life I have reminded fellow Jews in America that we are the luckiest Jews to have ever lived in a non-Jewish country. I know what I’m talking about. I wrote a book on anti-Semitism, taught Jewish history at Brooklyn College and fought anti-Semitism since I was 21, when Israel sent…

When I First Realized America Is Exceptional

By Matt Miller I moved to California from New York City in 1976. The founder of what was then America’s largest Jewish retreat center, the Brandeis Institute (not affiliated with the university), Dr. Shlomo Bardin, asked me to work as his assistant. He was 75 years-old; I was 25. One weekend the next year, he…

What Does Female Empowerment Mean?

By Matt Miller My last column elicited tens of thousands of comments – from the thoughtful to the sick –  on the internet and Twitter. In the column, I made two points. One was that the accusation made against Judge Kavanaugh – for which there is no evidence, that was made by an anti-Trump activist,…

The Charges Against Judge Kavanaugh Should Be Ignored

By Matt Miller It is almost impossible to overstate the damage done to America’s moral compass by taking the charges leveled against Judge Brett Kavanaugh seriously. It undermines foundational moral principles of any decent society. Those who claim the charges against Judge Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford are important and worth investigating, and that they…

Dr. Jim Garrow: It Can’t Be Done

It Can’t Be Done: After a less than pleasant gathering of relatives for a pint in honor of our departed loved one Bernice Norris, I was reminded of why I do not allow myself to be found in the company of naysayers and the negative. Being in the company of such for a very short…

Is the President a Bad Role Model for Children?

By Matt Miller “Most voters say President Donald Trump is not a good role model for children, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll. “While 90 percent of voters say the president should be a good role model for kids, only 29 percent say he is while 67 percent say he is not.” — U.S.…