Sharon at the Ranch

Summit meetings typically are staged events whose purpose is to let two leaders throw their arms around each other and tell the world how much they have in common. Now and then, though, a summit is staged with the opposite goal: to let the leaders bump up against each other and show off their differences.This week’s U.S.-Israeli summitRead More

Drunken-sailor Economics

It barely caused a ripple on the news pages, but America took another big step this week toward former-superpower status with the announcement by the Commerce Department that our trade deficit had set a new record in February. The deficit, the difference between exports and imports, came to $61 billion, thanks to Americans’Read More

A World of Difference

By Leonard Fein

Israel’s prime minister is not a pope, nor are any of Israel’s chief rabbis. The chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is not a pope, nor is the president of the World Jewish Congress, even though his title seem close to papal in its resonance. Even the rebbe was not a pope, the claims of some of hisRead More

The Legacy of a Pope

For those of us who are neither Catholic nor Christian, it was at first startling to witness the worldwide outpouring of emotion that greeted the death of Pope John Paul II. A man dies. His job comes open. A replacement will be chosen. One might expect this to be a time of grieving for those who knew and loved the man, a wrenching periodRead More

Our Culture of Life

Sun Hudson died in a Texas hospital last month, just shy of 6 months old. Few Americans ever heard his name, before his death or since. They ought to learn it, repeat it to themselves and remember it. His fate can teach us a great deal about the American “culture of life” of which President Bush speaks so often.Death came to little SunRead More

The Uganda Plan

Starting this week, the Forward begins a multipart series of articles looking at some of the civil conflicts that are wreaking havoc in the traditional societies of central Africa, one of the world’s poorest regions.We sent our correspondent Marc Perelman to spend several weeks in severalRead More

Mars vs. the Mullahs

Nothing so tests the ingenuity and will of humankind as the exploration of the unknown. That primordial drive explains, more than scientific or technological progress, the continuing grip of space travel on our imagination. It reminds us that we are, after all, human, specks floating in a limitless expanse that we are nonetheless commanded to seekRead More

Increasing Joy

Purim, the festive day celebrated by Jews around the world this weekend, is a children’s holiday with very adult undertones. Recalling the famous victory recounted in the biblical Book of Esther, in which the Jews of Persia foiled a plot by the wicked viceroy Haman to destroy them, it is celebrated with costumes, noisemakers and unrestrainedRead More

The Bomb-thrower as Diplomat

Whatever its substantive merits or flaws, the nomination of John Bolton as America’s next ambassador to the United Nations encapsulates with excruciating precision the dilemma facing Jewish liberals in the Bush era. On one hand, Bolton’s acid-laced neoconservatism embodies pretty much all the things liberals dislike about PresidentRead More

Max Fisher

It’s commonplace to greet a hero’s passing with extravagant claims that the mold has been broken, that his like will not be seen again. In the case of Max Fisher, the Detroit philanthropist who died March 3 at age 96, every word of that would be true.Fisher towered genially over American Jewish communal life for nearly fourRead More

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