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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


El Al's Historic Flight Over Saudi Arabia

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.

Fear of Speech is Replacing Freedom of Speech

Culturally, the freedom to express unpopular views has never been more endangered.

Increasingly Cruel Cancel Culture

Don't let a legitimate goal – overcoming racial bigotry – turn into a frenzy of character assassination and public humiliation.

Will We be Remembered Only for What We Did Wrong?

It has become tempting to reduce historical figures to a single, defining, negative characteristic. It's also false.

Indecent Cops, Indecent Rioters

The killing of George Floyd was intolerable. So is the mayhem.

Sir Isaac Newton's Self-Quarantine

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.

Never Again, Again and Again

Have decent people learned not to shrug at genocide?

Jew-Haters, Right and Left

If the long, bitter history of antisemitism teaches anything, it is that "the oldest hatred" can take any shape and adapt to any ideology.

What Was So Great about the 2010s?

Amid all the bad news, we are living in the best era our species has ever known.

The Oldest Love Affair in History

Amid rising anti-Semitism, the People of the Book rejoice with the Torah.

Blessed are the Retractors

Remember that study showing religious children are more selfish than non-religious kids? Turns out it was wrong.

Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Should Have More Than Two Children

Our world has serious problems. Having more babies can help solve them.

Proclaim Liberty: How the Hebrew Bible Molded America

The Hebrew Bible indelibly molded the American founding, and its influence remains a part of its national story.

Baby India: There Are No Unwanted Babies

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?

The Day Fox News was On in My Gym

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.

A Less Religious America will be a Less Generous America

Religious faith and institutions are the strongest drivers of philanthropic works in US society.

The Kosher-Industrial Complex

America has undergone a kosher revolution.

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.

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