Editorial


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


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


Studying Our Genes

This week’s issue of the Forward includes the 10th-anniversary edition of our annual supplement on Jewish genetic research. It’s a feature that provides a unique service both to the Jewish community and to the broader society, and we’re proud to be able to offer it.The scientific field of Jewish genetics doesn’t receive much publicRead More


Another Florida Fiasco

Amid mounting signs of another Florida fiasco looming over the November election, there was a stark symbolism — probably unintended, but palpable nonetheless — in the invitation extended this month to the respected Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to send international teams of election observers to watch America’s pollingRead More


Alon’s New Hat

The naming of Alon Pinkas as the new chief executive officer of the American Jewish Congress breaks just about every rule in the unwritten code of Israel-Diaspora relations. It puts an Israeli citizen at the helm of a venerable Jewish agency that prides itself on its distinctly American identity. It puts the organization on a dovish path at a timeRead More


A Tale of Justice

In a display of wry humor that may or may not have been intentional, the British government went to court last week to argue that human rights violations by its occupation forces in Iraq are not subject to international human rights law.The reason, Her Majesty’s lawyers told the high court in London, presumably with a straight face, isRead More


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


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