Editorial


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


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


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


Across the Atlantic

International summitry is a vexing mixture of overblown pomp and hard-nosed horse-trading, not always in equal measures, and observers must take care to separate substance from symbolism. And yet there are moments when the magnitude of the event speaks for itself, and the symbolism becomes the substance.The current round of summitry isRead More


A Judicious Punt

The United States Supreme Court seems to have left just about everybody feeling grumpy following its narrowly cast ruling this week upholding the current wording of the Pledge of Allegiance. And that’s probably just as well. This was a case that nobody could win, and that’s how the court left it — for now, at least.To be sure, our sympathiesRead More


Sharon Makes His Move

The Israeli Cabinet vote last Sunday ratifying Prime Minister Sharon’s Gaza disengagement initiative appears likely to prove a watershed. Just about everybody but the most diehard skeptics now agrees that Sharon means business. He really intends to get out of Gaza and at least part of the West Bank. His willingness to roll over opponents andRead More


Reagan

Ronald Reagan was an outsize figure on the world stage in his day, and remains so even now, a decade and a half after he passed from the public eye. That much is clear from the national outpouring of emotion that greeted his death last week. Reagan was a people’s president. He personalized the presidency, captivating Americans with hisRead More


Equal Right... To Fight Hate

By Kathleen Peratis

For all the attention being paid to Abu Ghraib, there is a prisoner abuse scandal in the Middle East that has gotten scant attention in America. In Egypt, homosexuals have been arrested and tortured in a campaign against what the government calls “the globalization of perversion,” according to a recent Human Rights Watch report.The testimonyRead More


Bush’s Sausage

Those who feared that President Bush had turned his back on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process can breathe easy. Whatever he may have been up to in the past, the man from Crawford is now back in the game, and to all appearances he’s playing to win.The result is a bit like sausage-making: The outcome may prove to be healthy, but it’s notRead More


Two Agencies, Three Opinions

It’s the nature of political systems that differences of opinion and clashes of interest will darken the mood from time to time. Not to worry. It’s the normal give-and-take of robust debate that makes democracy work. One side wins, another side loses, and everyone is the better for the experience.That’s equally trueRead More


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