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Memoria

This week marks the ninth anniversary of the most deadly antisemitic attack since World War II: the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people.To this day, the crime remains unsolved and families of the victims continue their fight for justice. Argentina’s investigation has been marred by bureaucraticRead More


Freeing Gurel

The safe return of Eliyahu Gurel, the Israeli cabdriver freed by commandos after five days in terrorist captivity, is a welcome reminder of those happier times when Israel’s military was a model of gallantry and derring-do, not a pariah. For the first time since the Entebbe operation of 1976, Israel managed to end a hostage situation notRead More


Bush in Africa

President Bush’s visit to Africa this week provided a powerful reminder of the basic values that animate the American enterprise and continue to make this country, for all its flaws and missteps, the indispensable leader in the cause of human freedom. It’s also a reminder to Bush’s critics — and we count ourselves among them — that theRead More


Agudath Israel’s Bogus Bonus

This week’s bid by Agudath Israel of America to secure funding for Israeli families from the national network of Jewish charitable federations might appear at first glance to represent a step forward, indicating a new willingness on the part of ultra-Orthodox leaders to establish formal relationships with the rest of American Jewry.But theRead More


Those Inalienable Rights

Eleven score and seven years ago, an unlikely collection of lawyers, businessmen and plantation owners gathered in Philadelphia and brought forth what remains one of the most remarkable social experiments in human history: the United States of America.The new nation, as envisioned in the declaration signed that July day in 1776, was to be unlikeRead More


‘Who Is a Jew’ Redux

In announcing this week that the Jewish state would grant equal status to Reform and Conservative conversion ceremonies for purposes of citizenship and population registry, Israel’s interior minister took one of those political steps that shouldn’t have been necessary, but was.The unilateral declaration by the minister, Avraham PorazRead More


California Scheming

Beyond the grim specter of the most populous state in the union experiencing political and fiscal meltdown, what’s most frightening about the gubernatorial recall effort now underway in California is the sense that in the Golden State we may be witnessing, as we so often do, our future. California, which gave us the movies, themeRead More


1,000 Days

It was 1,000 days ago this week, on September 28, 2000, that Palestinian rioting first broke out in Jerusalem, setting off a cycle of murderous violence that hasn’t stopped yet. While the rioting was at first a momentary event — described by Palestinians as a reaction to Ariel Sharon’s Temple Mount visit that day, though it seemsRead More


A Time To Act in Ethiopia

When Israel first threw open its doors in 1984 to Jewish immigration from Ethiopia, the move was rightly hailed as a watershed moment in Zionist history. The Jewish state had become, as Israeli officials and Jewish activists justly boasted, the only country in human history to welcome masses of African immigrants as brothers, not slaves.Today thisRead More


Tides Along the Hudson

That new Jewish demographic study released in New York this week examined only the Jews of metropolitan New York. Folks in other communities might be tempted, therefore, to think that the survey’s astonishing findings — including skyrocketing poverty and a surging Orthodox population — are none of their business. But that wouldRead More





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