Editorial


The Blinding Mirror

Whatever else may be said about it, the bitterly divisive debate over “The Passion of the Christ” proves that Mel Gibson’s movie is — well, divisive.This is not a small point. Gibson and his admirers insist the film’s message is one of love and redemption, meant not to divide but to unite. In countless published reviews and interviews,Read More


Which Comes First?

The latest twist in the never-ending tragicomedy of Middle East diplomacy is a debate between America and Europe over whose recipe for peacemaking is more wildly unrealistic. The cynics among us will call it a draw.The debate revolves around President Bush’s new Greater Middle East Initiative, which aims to promote democratic reformsRead More


Intelligence and Wisdom

President Bush got one thing right in his February 8 television interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” Responding to the mounting furor over intelligence failures leading up to the Iraq war, Bush said there would be “ample time for the American people to assess whether or not I made good calls, whether or not I used good judgment, whether orRead More


Sharon’s Plan

One of Ariel Sharon’s least-understood strengths as a leader is his mastery of the art of ambiguity. Despite his popular image of bulldog stubbornness, Sharon has managed throughout his career to be many things to many different people around him, maneuvering nimbly from one crisis to the next, keepingRead More


Sticks and Stones

Last August this newspaper published a front-page essay by a former speaker of Israel’s Knesset, Avraham Burg, arguing that the continuing Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza was threatening to destroy the Jewish state from within. To save itself from demographic obliteration and moral decay and preserve the Zionist visionRead More


What Joe Wrought

Senator Joe Lieberman’s departure from the presidential contest was the right thing to do, given his inability to gain ground with the voters. But it leaves undone some of the big tasks that Lieberman took on when he joined the race. For his campaign was more than just a run for office. It was a quest to challenge some basic assumptions in ourRead More


The Far Shore

The biblical portion read in synagogues this Saturday, Beshalach, recounts one of the most sublime moments in human memory, the Israelites’ flight from slavery across the Red Sea and the drowning of Pharaoh’s pursuing army. In a soaring moment of wonder and gratitude, Moses gathers the Israelites on the far shore and sings a song of praiseRead More


If It Quacks Like a Duck

Antonin Scalia, the cerebral associate justice of the United States Supreme Court — and President Bush’s reputed favorite for chief justice — is a man who knows something about ducks. He hunts them with passion and skill, by his own account, and eats them with gusto. Just this month he managed to bag a few during a duck-hunting vacation at aRead More


Weapons of Distraction

Faced with growing public and professional skepticism over their claim that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and was prepared to deploy them last year, the Bush administration and its allies are now scrambling to find a backup position that leaves them some shred of credibility. They seemed to be getting one this week from David Kay, theRead More


The Message From Iowa

Twenty-eight years ago, in January 1976, Democrats in Iowa put their peculiar caucus system on the national map by upending conventional wisdom and making an obscure Southern governor, Jimmy Carter, the party’s presidential front-runner. With the Watergate scandal still searingly fresh, Iowa sent a message to the political establishment thatRead More





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  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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