Editorial


The Truths of Geneva

For all its theatrics, its celebrity cast and high-concept special effects, the “launch” this week in Switzerland of the so-called Geneva Understandings did not usher in a new era in Israeli-Palestinian relations. The document’s authors and architects did not have the power to do anything of the sort. Private citizens all, they could hug andRead More


Changing Georgia

Last week’s bloodless revolution in the former Soviet republic of Georgia is a reminder that change can come about peaceably, even in a region with a history as violent and turbulent as the Caucasus. What is needed is for all the players to rise to the occasion and play their parts resolutely, but responsibly.Three distinct factors came intoRead More


The Wrecking Crew Does Medicare

In ramming their massive Medicare restructuring plan through Congress in the final days of the fall session, the Bush administration and its Republican congressional allies offered the nation a shocking display of ideological zealotry and bare-knuckles political ruthlessness. The bill passed by the two houses is — to the extent that anyone fullyRead More


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


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