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 To Watch For As The Israeli Election Results Roll In Right Now

Americans can expect Israel will soon be led by a prime minister named Benjamin who’s focused on Israelis’ security. Regardless of which Benjamin that is, expect the U.S. Democrats’ left flank to be unhappy about it.

Bari Weiss Explains How To Fight The Rise Of Anti-Semitism

New York Times columnist Bari Weiss’s new book, ‘How to Fight Anti-Semitism,’ offers a trenchant look at an old evil that’s on the rise once more.

We Finally Have The Infertility Memoir Women Need To Read

Callie Micks’ intensely personal book, ‘The Baby Binder,’ confronts infertility head-on, addressing the heartbreak, the worry, and the tears, and asks why do we care so little about an issue that affects so many women?

Why Haven’t Republicans Stood Against Antisemitism In The Wake Of Trump’s Comments?

Many American Jews were already feeling rubbed raw, and this news from the White House pressed hail-size salt into those wounds.

Europe Considers The Nazi Idea Of Requiring Jewish Businesses To Identify Themselves On Labels

The EU may begin targeting businesses in Israel in the name of neutrality, but the ramifications will be anything but neutral.

No, The Israel Boycott Movement Isn’t All About Free Speech

Americans are used to politicians lying, but at a certain point we need to start calling out the falsehoods our lawmakers use in describing the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement.

With New House Resolutions, Democrats Finally Allow Their Israel Divide Into The Open

Despite Pelosi’s best efforts, the House voted on a resolution to oppose the boycott Israel movement — and its bipartisan support was overwhelming.

How Vanity Fair’s Instagram Mommy Murfer Celebrates Traditional Living

What’s perhaps most countercultural about Courtney Adamo, an heiress who can afford to live as she pleases, is how much she reflects traditionally conservative ideals about family life.

‘Never Again’ Requires Promoting Religious Freedom For All

Religious communities are being persecuted globally, from shootings to sexual abuse. People from more than 100 countries convened to fight these atrocities.

The First Amendment Shouldn’t Be An Empty Promise To American Jews

Since Congress just introduced the first-ever resolution to boycott Israel, the DOJ’s combating anti-Semitism event couldn’t have come at a better time.

How To ‘Shine A Light’ Against The Growing Darkness Of Anti-Semitism

Several speakers reminded the overwhelmingly Christian audience (with a smattering of observant Jews) that anti-Semitism is a cancer, and it’s everybody’s problem.

12 Things Americans Can Learn From Israel’s Pro-Parenting Culture

In Israel, there’s longer maternity leave, better health care, designated days for families, and very little helicopter parenting. Can we learn from them?

Unlike House, U.S. Senate Unanimously Condemns Anti-Semitism

Kudos to the U.S. Senate for taking a hugely important first step to stop what Michael O’Flaherty, director of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency, considers ‘a test of our civilizations.’

Forum Reflects On Rising Concerns For Jews Across The World

A shift in tone at the 2019 AJC Global Forum seems to be a sign of these trying political times and the recent spike in anti-Semitism.

Is America Experiencing Europe’s Growing Anti-Semitism?

‘It all started on the campuses, and we did nothing because they were students. We did nothing when they joined the party because it was just the left-wing fringe, and now they’ve taken over.’

Buying Votes With Family Handouts Won’t Work If People Don’t Want Kids

Even if Democrats’ raft of ‘family-oriented’ welfare proposals intend to raise plummeting U.S. birth rates — a national problem that needs to be addressed — they won’t do any good because the problem isn’t money, it’s culture.

House Discharge Petition Will Test Whether Support For Israel Is Still Bipartisan

Americans should know where Congress stands on our nation’s closest Middle Eastern ally, as well as how many members of the House support the boycott, divestment, sanctions movement.

Dear Wives: Publicly Criticizing Your Husband Makes You Look Horrible

After reading the latest installment in the ‘my husband disappoints me’ genre in The New York Times last weekend — this one penned by a clinical psychologist — I’d say we have a trend.

For All Jews, The Shooting At Poway Chabad Hits Too Close To Home

The Jewish community does mourn, even though we may never have met any of the 12 victims in Pittsburgh and Poway, because they’re members of our extended Jewish family.

7 Passover Lessons I Learned From Twitter

It appears the rest of the English-speaking Twitterverse has been busy commenting about the Festival of Freedom while Jews celebrated last weekend.