Editorial


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


Hold the Hugs For Evangelicals

By David Klinghoffer

I’ve long argued that we Jews need to stop regarding conservative Christians, especially evangelicals, as the “enemy” and to start thinking of them as allies. So I should be — and am — delighted at some of the recent evolutions of Jewish thinking on this subject. Yet what I know about history urges me to enter one small note of warningRead More


Total Recall

Now that voters in California have had their say and chosen to replace their Democratic governor with a Republican one, Democrats around the country need to sit down and do some hard thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.Many Democrats will view the recall of Gray Davis and his replacement by Arnold Schwarzenegger as just 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


The Sins We Have Sinned

It’s not clear how it happened, but somehow Yom Kippur seems to have been canceled this year. The public is duly warned.That’s right: Jews are not permitted this year to find fault in themselves or to repent of any wrongdoing. We have done nothing wrong. It’s official. All our troubles are somebody else’s fault.True, the liturgy of theRead More


Speaking Truth to Bush

Looking at those depressing new poverty statistics released by the Census Bureau last week, it’s tempting for liberals to lay all the blame on President Bush. The percentage of Americans living in poverty rose last year, on Bush’s watch, by four-tenths of a percent, or about 1.7 million people. It was the second straight yearRead More


Making America’s Case

A study group appointed by the State Department last spring to explore America’s image in the Arab and Muslim world came back this week with a sobering if unsurprising conclusion: America is none too popular in those precincts, and our unpopularity is dangerous to our health.“Hostility toward America has reached shocking levels,” the studyRead More





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