About the Author


Jeff Jacoby

Jeff Jacoby is a columnist for The Boston Globe. To see a month's worth of his recent columns, please visit Boston Globe


Jew-Hatred in America

In the America I grew up in, Jews assumed that peace and harmony would go on indefinitely. No more.

Enlightened Despots are Never Enlightened

Any regime that imprisons, tortures, or kills people because of their opinions is by definition an enemy of the free world.

Celebrity Gossip Is Making Our Culture Sick

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.

The U.S. Military and Rosh Hashanah

On Rosh Hashanah, Jewish soldiers on duty around the world will gather in prayer with the full support of the US military.

What If Israel had Lost the Six-Day War?

Two things can be nearly certain: There would be no Palestinian state. And there would be no Jewish state.

The World’s Eight Richest Men

They have wealth equal to half the population. It's a striking statistic but it's also irrelevant.

The Olympics and Palestinian Hate

Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee applauds terror attacks and denounces games that bring Arab and Jewish kids together.

Frederick Weller’s Last Call

Jeff Jacoby’s tribute to his father-in-law, a volunteer fireman for over 60 years, who recently passed away.

Elie Wiesel's Love of America

He never forgot his American liberators, and never stopped loving the country that gave him a second lease on life.

Forgetting the Holocaust

Eventually, everything is forgotten. Even the worst crime in history.

Move American Embassy to Jerusalem

It’s a promise made – and broken – during every election. Why it’s essential for the US to make this move.

Breeding Ground for Islamic Extremists

Why are there Muslim ghettos in Belgium but not in the United States?

$360 Billion to Charity

The extraordinary generosity of ordinary Americans.

2015 Was an Awful Year? Look Again

Hard to believe but this year has been "the best year in history for the average human being to be alive."

Leave your Camera at Home

Taking a picture is not the same thing as experiencing a moment. In fact it’s a way of forgetting.

Johnny Depp on Whitey Bulger

Bulger wasn't hardwired to be a murderer. No one is.

The Biblical Case for Israel

It's time to expand the discussion beyond "security."

Believing Iran

Does Tehran mean what it says? Oh, yes.

ISIS and Book Burning

"I see parchment burning, but the letters are soaring free."

The Anti-Semitic Derangement

France's Jews are leaving, and that never bodes well for the society driving them out.

Rolling Stone’s Train Wreck

Has the time come to give up on the ideal of objective, unbiased journalism?

The Murder of Zidan Saif

The Jewish state's newest hero wasn't Jewish.

Beheadings and Islam

Is there a connection?

The Donald Sterling Affair

His words were vulgar and bigoted, but private.

Anti-Semitism Adapts and Thrives

The oldest hatred has assumed a new form for a new age: hostility to Zionism and Israel.

Islam & Silencing the Progressives

Covering up the abusive treatment of women in Muslim-majority countries.

A Grateful Jeff Jacoby

We are blessed by an amazing community.

Boston Aftermath

The resilience of American liberty is not about to change.

Europe's Hezbollah Cowardice

Have Europeans still not figured out that while terrorists start by killing Jews, they rarely end with them?

Preventing Another Massacre

Good laws will never abolish all evil.

Ulysses S. Grant & the Jews

When General Grant expelled the Jews.

Thanking the Invisible Hand

Thanksgiving weekend is made possible by a vast number of strangers. Don’t take it for granted.

Escape from Camp 14

Shin is the first person born and raised in a North Korean monstrous slave-labor prison to escape and tell his harrowing tale.

The Third Jihad Kerfuffle

A second look at the controversial documentary.

Thanksgiving: Making Americans

Growing up, raising kids to be good Jews went hand-in-hand with raising them to be good Americans.

9/11: Launching the War of Ideas

Radical Islam could be weakened by deploying the moral force of liberal democracy and equality.

David Beckham's Baby Girl

The Beckhams gave birth to their fourth child. Are they bad role models?

A Ban on Circumcision?

The San Francisco initiative is an assault on Jewish religious liberty.

Itamar Massacre

What sort of human being deliberately butchers a sleeping baby?

Saving Soviet Jewry: A Retrospective

Book review of When They Come For Us, We'll Be Gone, by Gal Beckerman.

Egypt & the Muslim Brotherhood

There should be no room at the table for the Muslim Brothers.

Tucson: Voices of Patience and Wisdom

When a tragedy like the one in Tucson strikes, most of us would do well to keep silence.

The Islamophobia Myth

For Jews and Muslims tension and hostility are the exception. America's exemplary tolerance is the rule.

Good without God

Reason alone is not enough to keep human beings humane.

The Undeniable Jewish State

Recognizing Israel as the Jewish state is the critical litmus test.

U.S. - Israeli Ruckus

The fight is pointless. Israel has every right to build homes in its own capital.

Flight 253's Wake-Up Call

Tell the Sept 10 people that the war against radical Islam is far from over.

Why are Americans so Pro-Israel?

Four reasons that put Americans sharply at odds with the rest of the world.

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