Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein

Melissa Langsam Braunstein, a former U.S. Department of State speechwriter, is an independent writer in Washington DC and a contributor to The Federalist. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, National Review Online, and RealClearPolitics, among others. She has appeared on EWTN and WMAL. Melissa shares all of her writing on her website and tweets as @slowhoneybee.

What It’s Like To Have The National Guard Shutting Down Your Town Over Wuhan Flu

Despite ongoing challenges, this New York community has come together to support its members, showing the rest of America how fighting a pandemic is done.

How Bad Is Antisemitism In Europe? Surveys Suggest It’s Rampant

Hesitating to dub strangers antisemites is wise, especially based on limited information. But the blatant bigotry on parade in Europe underscores that open antisemitism has come roaring back.

The United Nations Releases An Anti-Israel Blacklist

At bottom, this blacklist was created to harm Israel, not to help the Palestinians. Its publication benefits the Palestinians neither diplomatically nor economically.

Why Does The Oxford English Dictionary Say Some Ethnic Slurs Are ‘Derogatory’ But Not Others?

New definitions in the OED show that even something as mundane as a dictionary can help elevate and circulate bigoted language.

Do Gen X Women Want Power Like Nancy Pelosi’s Or Like J. Lo And Shakira?

Conventional wisdom has it that women become invisible once they pass 40, but three newsy women — Shakira, J. Lo, and Nancy Pelosi — this week proved that isn’t always true.

Saying ‘Never Again’ Means Nothing If It’s Not Backed Up With Actions

In the case of the Holocaust and its obvious evil, it’s easy for anyone living today to insist he would’ve fought on the side of justice. But how many people flatter themselves?

National Review Shouldn’t Join The Left In Blaming Jews For Antisemitism

Too many articles about antisemitism, including this one from National Review, explain away recent attacks with ‘context’ the writers would never offer in discussing any other racial, religious, or ethnic minority group.

Joy Behar Is So Trump Deranged She Just Applauded A Neo-Nazi

Someone should inform Behar: It’s possible to dislike, or even detest, Trump while also holding the line against extremism.

Pretending Racism Against Jews Is Only The Right’s Problem Is Fueling It

It just shouldn’t be this hard for our leaders to recognize and condemn antisemitism. Without widespread pushback, antisemitism will become normalized. That opens the door to more dangers.

Like Pepsi, Democrats Need To Reverse Course On Boycotting Israel

A growing number of Democrats tolerate, or even gladly support, the movement to boycott Israel. They justify it in the name of free speech and social justice, but it’s economic warfare.

Linda Sarsour Is Too Antisemitic For The Women’s March, But Not For Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders’ associations paint a pattern of proximity to antisemitism, which raises the question: Is it that he really doesn’t notice, that he’s willing to tolerate it, or that he somehow also supports it?

Columbia University To Vote On Divesting From Israel

What does the upcoming referendum say about the atmosphere on campus—that Columbia’s most famous divestment to date was from apartheid South Africa?

European Union Slaps ‘New Kind Of Yellow Star On Jewish-Made Products’

A survey of 2,504 French adults found that 69 percent of respondents would not buy products labeled ‘made in Israel.’

I’m An Observant Jew. Here’s Why I Want More Americans To Come To Jesus

If there’s anything materially wealthy America could use in 2019, it’s an infusion of spiritual affluence, something like a 21st century Great Awakening.

‘Modern Love’ Episode Illustrates The Dangers Of Dating Dad

This Modern Love episode reveals not only deep truths about the lasting pain of father absence, but also highlights the roots of society’s Me Too problems.

Give Women What They Want: Revive The Rom-Com

Rom-coms aren’t about celebrating single life in perpetuity. It’s okay if they draw from fantasy — in fact, that’s the whole point.

No, Men Don’t Need To Be More Like Women

Men and women are different. Not only should we be able to accommodate those complementary differences, we should revel in them.

‘Empire’s’ Abortion Debate Is Muddled, But Improved

‘Empire’ is never going to resolve the abortion policy debate, but as a matter of entertainment, this mulligan episode felt more respectful to viewers.

Does American Jewry’s Future Include Officers Guarding Us In Riot Gear?

The level of security at synagogues and Jewish schools has only increased since 9/11. This situation isn’t normal, yet it’s American Jews’ new normal.

New Board Members Prove Women’s March Antisemitism Is A Feature, Not A Bug

The departures of Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Bob Bland are much better explained by the ‘infighting and financial mismanagement’ than antisemitism.