Editorial


Jack Spitzer

Jack Spitzer, the Seattle banker-philanthropist who died last Saturday at 86, was one of a rapidly disappearing breed in community life: a regular guy who could walk tall across the world stage without forgetting who he was or where he came from. He could lead American delegations to Rome and Cairo, make deals for millions of dollars, thenRead More


Judging the Fence

With its spurious ruling last week on the legality of Israel’s West Bank security fence, the International Court of Justice has created an unnecessary complication in the search for Middle East peace and undermined its own credibility as an arbiter of international law.The truth is that the damage to the court is graver than the damage to IsraelRead More


Cry for Argentina

Ten years have passed since Argentina’s main Jewish communal center was hit by a terrorist bomb on July 18, 1994, leaving 85 persons dead and 250 injured in what remains the worst antisemitic attack since World War II. Ten years of botched investigations, rumormongering, diplomatic stonewalling — yet the case is no closer to resolution. NoneRead More


EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK

The death of Marlon Brando last week revived painful memories of the actor’s controversial appearance on “Larry King Live” on April 5, 1996, in which he criticized Jewish Hollywood moguls for their seeming insensitivity to blacks and other minorities. The interview, coming at a time when public criticism of Jewish influence still wasRead More


Herzl’s Dream

Theodor Herzl was only 37 when he convened the first World Zionist Congress in Switzerland in late August 1897 and began his campaign to create a Jewish state. A Viennese journalist and playwright of middling repute, he somehow had the vision to recognize that he had changed history. “At Basel,” he wrote in his diary right afterward,Read More


Brando’s Jews

The hot topic of discussion among Jewish political mavens right now is the Democratic primary contest in the Fourth Congressional District in Georgia, where former Rep. Cynthia McKinney is seeking to recapture the congressional seat she lost two years ago. McKinney, a five-term House veteran, had developed a national reputation as a defenderRead More


The Agency’s Pride

The Jewish Agency for Israel is to be saluted for its decision last week to help build new communities in Israel for settlers to be evacuated from Gaza in the coming months. In taking part in this venture, the Jewish Agency continues its historic role as a builder and shaper of the Jewish state. American Jews, who provide much of theRead More


Words and Music

We’ve commented frequently on this page on the central role that Israel has played and continues to play in shaping the common dreams and imaginings of American Jews. We’ve often taken note of the place that music plays in that seasoning process. We’ve recalled those anthemic Hebrew songs that have successfully crossed the ocean and, despiteRead More


Singer at 100

‘Writers can stir the mind, but they can’t direct it,” Isaac Bashevis Singer said in an interview in 1978. “Time changes things, God changes things, the dictators change things, but writers can’t change anything.”As it turned out, Singer was wrong about writers. For evidence all he had to look at was his own life. If he did nothingRead More


Affirming Life

The threat by Catholic bishops to withhold communion from politicians who uphold abortion rights is an affront not just to democracy, but also to the best moral teachings of Catholicism.Church leaders have been standard bearers for years in the effort to recriminalize abortion. They base their opposition to the procedure on the Catholic doctrineRead More





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