Editorial


Beyond the Walls

This week’s ruling by a New York state appellate court, dismissing a woman’s suit against the Orthodox rabbis who allegedly dissolved her marriage behind her back, offers a sobering reminder of the deeper meaning of church-state separation. For all its manifold blessings, for religious communities in general and Jews in particular, ourRead More


Remembering Why We Give

Admirers of Jewish philanthropy like to say that Jews are a generous community. It’s a flattering thought, and considering the vast sums we donate to a dizzying array of causes, it’s not far off the mark.But generosity isn’t really the point. Being generous means giving because you’re a nice sort. We give because we have to, because we areRead More


Don’t Let Them

Eight years after the murder of Yitzhak Rabin, the unending debate over Jew-on-Jew violence has moved from the Holy Land to La La Land, in an absurd parody that only California could concoct. In the Hollywood version, the passions of the Middle East remain, but the bit about an extremist killing an Israeli leader is out. The remake has a rabbiRead More


The Point of Zionism

Why do they hate us? The question has plagued us nonstop for the last two years, since this war against terrorism began. If we are at war, we must know against whom. If we hope to win, we must know what winning means and how to get there. Does winning mean ending terrorist attacks? Then we must know what makes them attack us. Is it, as theRead More


The Third Way in Iraq

The explosive wave of violence that tore through Iraq with such sudden fury this week has brought America, the Middle East and the democratic world to the edge of a dangerous precipice. The Bush administration policies that led to the current state of affairs were flawed from the outset, and continuing along the same path will only make thingsRead More


The Blame Game

Any person of decency must be deeply alarmed by the dramatic resurgence of antisemitism — both verbal and violent — as a force on the world stage. After a half-century of decline, the last three years have seen a sudden turnaround. Synagogues firebombed in France and the Bronx. Prominent intellectuals casually tossing off theories ofRead More


Mahathir’s Message

In a world that seems to be getting gloomier and more frightening by the day, the Malaysian prime minister’s keynote address to a world Islamic summit last week must stand as a milestone of sorts. The prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, one of Asia’s longest ruling and most popular leaders, delivered on October 16 what sounded an awful lotRead More


Discrimination in the Genes

The Senate took a historic step forward this week toward protecting patients’ rights and advancing medical research, with its 95 to 0 vote to ban genetic discrimination in employment and insurance coverage. The measure, which still requires House approval, had been stalled for eight years, deadlocked between patients’Read More


Funding Hate

Few American institutions have done more to advance human understanding, aid the downtrodden and empower the powerless than the Ford Foundation. With its estimated $10 billion in assets and its global reach, the foundation has led the way toward a new model of activist philanthropy that goes beyond symphonies and soup kitchens to teach theRead More


The Lessons of Yom Kippur

Synagogue-goers across America this past Monday found themselves, for the half-hour or so of their rabbi’s sermon, plunged headlong into the emotional thicket of the Middle East conflict and the existential dangers facing Israel and Israelis today. In an unusual, nationally coordinated campaign mounted at the behest of Israel’s TourismRead More


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