Editorial


A Discredit to the League

The Anti-Defamation League did itself and the American Jewish community a disservice this week with its festive dinner honoring the Italian prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi. Berlusconi’s ethical record as a businessman and as prime minister are an embarrassment to Italian democracy. His relations with fascists and fascism are an affront to JewsRead More


Survey Iz Mir

Sometimes it seems we’re all drowning in numbers. Politicians debate the deficit while eyeing the polls. Computer wonks boast of all the bits in their latest chip. Generals and journalists tussle over the speed of our soldiers’ advance to Baghdad and the number killed en route. And everyone’s trying to countRead More


Terrorism and Oslo

The 10th anniversary last Sunday of the famous White House handshake between Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat was able to do something that the handshake itself was never able to achieve, namely to get everybody on the same page. The relentless violence plaguing Israel and the territories has spread a universal sense of gloom across theRead More


Remembrance

Anniversaries, especially somber ones, are customarily times for introspection. We remember the painful past, take stock of the present and reflect on the future. Honoring the past helps keep us human. Considering the future is meant to help keep us alive.By extraordinary coincidence, this week marks the anniversaries of two pivotal events in whatRead More


Bush’s Quagmire, and Ours

Even the most determinedly partisan critics of the Bush administration have been taken aback lately — dumbfounded is more like it — by the spectacular unraveling of the administration’s Iraq strategy. For all the doubts about the wisdom of the president’s plans, few of us thought they would collapse this utterly or this fast. NowRead More


The Numbers Game

The sharks are already circling the waters in anticipation of next week’s planned release of the long-awaited National Jewish Population Survey, or NJPS. The $6 million study, originally scheduled for release in 2000, has been delayed repeatedly while scholars argued arcane questions of survey methodology. Now, it appears, one side has won theRead More


Israel’s Choice

Those of us who watch the Middle East anxiously from afar may suppose that the latest explosion of violence is just another round in a never-ending cycle of rage and slaughter. Israelis and Arabs have been killing each other for generations, and we assume they will carry on killing for generations to come, until one side or the other becomes —Read More


L’Chaim

The latest news from Harvard Medical School appears to confirm something that rabbis and French chefs have been saying for centuries: Red wine is good for you.According to a study by Harvard scientists, announced this week in the online journal Nature, red wine contains a chemical that mimics the life-extending qualities of a low-calorie diet.Read More


The Blood Cries Out

The barbaric savagery of modern terrorism induces, as it intends to do, a strange combination of rage and numbness in the target population. We are at once inflamed and stupefied, aroused to action and yet unfocused in our reactions. Just when cool thinking is most needed we are least disposed to make fine distinctions. The blood criesRead More


‘Spiritual Warfare’

Roy Moore, the chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, has declared a religious war here in America. In what’s often seen as headline-mongering, Moore has refused for months to heed a federal court order to remove a 5,300-pound statue of the Ten Commandments from the state courthouse. Most dismiss itRead More


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