Editorial


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


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


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


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


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