Jeff Jacoby is a columnist for The Boston Globe. To see a month's worth of his recent columns, please visit Boston Globe
A government that can criminalize Holocaust denial this week can criminalize other opinions next week.
The Exodus story is, of course, first and foremost a Jewish narrative. But it has over time become an American narrative as well.
A cautionary tale about being complicit in our own oppression.
Antisemitism speaks the language of extermination.
Dawkins advocates for reducing “undesirable” populations by preventing them from being born in the first place.
When Jews are attacked in America's streets, who speaks out?
Why dropping the hyphen in 'anti-Semitism' is actually a big deal.
But true believers are everywhere.
A generation of Holocaust classes has apparently done nothing to stem the rise of anti-Jewish hatred.
Symbol of slavery or freedom? Exploring the seeming contradictory meanings of this ancient bread.
An 1860 speech by Frederick Douglass, a leader of the abolitionist movement, takes on cancel culture.
My father didn’t hate God for what he had lost and didn’t abandon the Judaism in which he had been reared. On the contrary, he deepened it.
Why John Quincy Adams regarded what the Mayflower passengers accomplished with something approaching awe.
It's encouraging to see prominent Arab thinkers – and the first Arab government in more than 25 years – rejecting the old rancor, and enumerating the gains peace can make possible.
Culturally, the freedom to express unpopular views has never been more endangered.
Don't let a legitimate goal – overcoming racial bigotry – turn into a frenzy of character assassination and public humiliation.
It has become tempting to reduce historical figures to a single, defining, negative characteristic. It's also false.
The killing of George Floyd was intolerable. So is the mayhem.
While the bubonic plague raged elsewhere, Newton, in seclusion, embarked on what he'd later describe as the most intellectually productive period of his life.
Have decent people learned not to shrug at genocide?
If the long, bitter history of antisemitism teaches anything, it is that "the oldest hatred" can take any shape and adapt to any ideology.
Amid all the bad news, we are living in the best era our species has ever known.
Amid rising anti-Semitism, the People of the Book rejoice with the Torah.
Remember that study showing religious children are more selfish than non-religious kids? Turns out it was wrong.
Our world has serious problems. Having more babies can help solve them.
The Hebrew Bible indelibly molded the American founding, and its influence remains a part of its national story.
Why should any child be abandoned, or any baby deprived of life, when so many potential mothers and fathers yearn with all their hearts for the chance to adopt?
Harshness of our public dialogue is being driven by hardline ideologues who see the world through lenses so thick that they can’t understand each other's views.
Religious faith and institutions are the strongest drivers of philanthropic works in US society.
America has undergone a kosher revolution.
In the America I grew up in, Jews assumed that peace and harmony would go on indefinitely. No more.
Any regime that imprisons, tortures, or kills people because of their opinions is by definition an enemy of the free world.
Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words – ugly, gossipy, cruel words – can eventually break a whole society. Just look at what ours has turned into.
On Rosh Hashanah, Jewish soldiers on duty around the world will gather in prayer with the full support of the US military.
Two things can be nearly certain: There would be no Palestinian state. And there would be no Jewish state.
Let us count the ways.
They have wealth equal to half the population. It's a striking statistic but it's also irrelevant.
Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee applauds terror attacks and denounces games that bring Arab and Jewish kids together.
Jeff Jacoby’s tribute to his father-in-law, a volunteer fireman for over 60 years, who recently passed away.
He never forgot his American liberators, and never stopped loving the country that gave him a second lease on life.
Eventually, everything is forgotten. Even the worst crime in history.
It’s a promise made – and broken – during every election. Why it’s essential for the US to make this move.
Why are there Muslim ghettos in Belgium but not in the United States?
The extraordinary generosity of ordinary Americans.
Hard to believe but this year has been "the best year in history for the average human being to be alive."
Taking a picture is not the same thing as experiencing a moment. In fact it’s a way of forgetting.
Bulger wasn't hardwired to be a murderer. No one is.
It's time to expand the discussion beyond "security."
Does Tehran mean what it says? Oh, yes.
"I see parchment burning, but the letters are soaring free."