Editorial


The Miracle of Return

More than any other holiday, the Day of Atonement is a marker of American Jews’ devotion to their heritage and traditions in the face of the assimilatory pull of the broader culture. Other holidays with a mass following, such as Passover and Hanukkah, are joyous occasions that combine family celebration with readily accessible messages of socialRead More


Shelter From the Storms

The festival of Sukkot, which begins Wednesday night, September 29, is known for the custom among observant Jews of building sukkahs, or booths, in their backyards and on their rooftops. The booths, open to the sky and the elements, are meant to symbolize the fragile, transient quality of the Hebrews’ journey through the wildernessRead More


Tests of Leadership

One of the marks of true leadership, celebrated in legend and drilled into every schoolchild, is the courage to defy the crowd and follow the dictates of conscience. In exceptional times, the exceptional leader knows when to do what’s right, not what’s popular.The flip side, too often overlooked, is that this sort of behavior is supposed to beRead More


Mortgaging Our Future

While the eyes of the nation were riveted last week on the news that American combat deaths in Iraq had passed the 1,000 mark, a far more frightening statistic was released with far less fanfare. The federal budget deficit hit a record $422 billion for the first nine months of 2004, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.Read More


The Madness of Beslan

In a place where there are no human beings, the Talmud teaches, see to it that you remain human. When those around you have lost their humanity, cut themselves off from the divine spark within them, that is the time to cling to your humanity with all your might. In a time of madness, keep your head.The slaughter of the children of Beslan last weekRead More


A New Year

It has become a custom of this newspaper each September to note the arrival of the Jewish New Year with a doleful comment on the state of the world this particular month and the hope that things will change in the year ahead. Four years ago we were saddened by the eruption of the Palestinian intifada. Three years ago it was the attack on the WorldRead More


Defending Israel’s Defenders

Spy scandals, wrapped as they are in mystery and skullduggery, inevitably give rise to conspiratorial speculation. The espionage scandal that’s currently roiling American-Israeli relations offers more mysteries than most, and the conspiracy theories are proliferating accordingly.When the dust settles and the facts emerge, however, it will becomeRead More


Bush and the Settlements

The Bush administration has shown what can most charitably be described as exquisitely bad timing in its reported policy reversal on settlement construction. Signaling approval, even tacit, of new home building in the settlements, as reported last weekend in The New York Times and confirmed by our Ori Nir this week, will not makeRead More


Conscience and Sudan

This weekend, the clock will run out on the 30-day United Nations deadline given to the Sudanese government to crack down on the killing in the Darfur region. By most accounts, nothing has changed. The so-called Janjaweed militias continue to operate unimpeded, villages continue to burn and villagers continue to flee into exileRead More


Jimmy’s Problem, and Ours

Every great movement for social change has its pivotal events, iconic moments of terrible clarity that capture the nation’s attention, shift the momentum and alter the course of the struggle. The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire was a turning point in the rise of the labor movement. The triple murder of the three civil-rightsRead More





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