Editorial


The Survivors’ Legacy

Wrenching though the process has been, some good may yet come from the debate that has split the Jewish community during the last year over the proper use of restored Jewish property from the Nazi era. If the lessons are learned and acted upon, the lives of survivors may yet be improved and the legacy of the Holocaust strengthened for futureRead More


Freeing Prisoners

It’s a curious phenomenon in today’s Middle East debate that those who speak most passionately of peace are frequently the least willing to take the steps needed to bring it.Friends and defenders of Israel have mounted an international campaign in recent days to block the release of Palestinians held in Israeli prisons for involvement inRead More


A Bridge Forward

This week marks the 400th issue of our sister publication, the Russian-language Forward. For us here at the Forward family of newspapers, it’s a moment of pride and celebration. We’d like to think, though, that the celebration and the pride are shared by Jews around New York and across America.From its modest beginnings in December 1995, ourRead More


The Wrecking Crew

As the signed petitions pile up, Californians look ever more likely to head for the polls this fall to recall their hapless governor, Gray Davis. His crime? Opponents call it fiscal mismanagement. But his real crime might best be called DWD, or Driving While Democratic. His foes are simply out for blood.Davis is being made to take the fall forRead More


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





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