Back to the Fight

In deciding to join the fight against the Bush administration’s proposed “reforms” to Medicaid and Medicare, United Jewish Communities and its network of local Jewish charitable federations have taken an important step. What’s at stake is not just the integrity of the nation’s safety net for the poor and theRead More

Recipe for Disunion

Great presidents, it’s said, are in large measure products of circumstance. It’s at moments of national crisis that a leader has the opportunity to rise above his narrow base, put aside his own past baggage and rally a united citizenry. Only in crisis can a president be transformed into something larger than the sum of his parts.Of course, notRead More

Mitzna’s Choice

Ariel Sharon faces a daunting challenge as he attempts to sort out the results of this week’s Knesset elections and put together a government that can lead Israel into the next phase of its struggles. All those who care about Israel’s welfare, even those who disagree with Sharon’s vision and his methods, must wish him well asRead More

Roe at 30

“And if men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart, and yet no harm follow, he shall be surely fined, according as the woman’s husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth …” Exodus 21:22-24*Read More

Jews in Space

The liftoff of Israel’s first astronaut, Colonel Ilan Ramon, has Jews around the world going space-crazy. Synagogues, Internet sites and Chinese restaurants from coast to coast are abuzz with nonstop Ramon-mania. Ramon, though not personally observant, has decided to keep kosher in space. He asked Israel’s national Holocaust authority, YadRead More

Moving Right

It was, perhaps, inevitable. American Jews, known worldwide for their indomitable liberalism, have begun moving to the right. That’s the finding of a new survey appearing on our front page, conducted by Steven M. Cohen, the dean of American Jewish opinion research.The shift is only in its incipient stages, reflected mainly in decliningRead More

Human Rights Dodge

Human Rights Watch, the New York-based watchdog group, released its annual World Report this week, and it makes for a grim read. Reviewing conditions in 58 countries around the globe, the 558-page report is a litany of dictatorships that torture dissenters, use rape and mutilation as political strategies and murder their own citizensRead More

How Not To Fight Terror

The two Palestinians who blew themselves up in downtown Tel Aviv last Sunday, killing 22 innocent victims and wounding more than 100, were identified by their handlers this week as young men from the West Bank city of Nablus, Burak Hilsa and Samar A-Nuri. According to a statement from the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the Fatah offshoot that claimedRead More

Don’t Cut Outreach

The Union of American Hebrew Congregations owes everyone a better explanation than the one it offered for its decision to lay off its corps of regional outreach directors. The Reform union says the elimination of the coordinators, who work with synagogues and individuals to bring interfaith families into Judaism, was just one of many painfulRead More

To the Poor and Needy

There isn’t much that’s been left unsaid about President Bush’s new economic plan, a misbegotten mixture of giveaways to the rich and pittances to working families that barely addresses the economy’s pressing need for stimulus and jobs.Last Tuesday, the day that the president unveiled his $674 billion plan in a speech in Chicago, theRead More

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