Editorial


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


Hammer and Tong

Democrats, who never lack for internecine squabbles, have lately been beating each other up with gusto over how steamed up they ought to be as they head into next year’s presidential race. Most of the party’s leadership has been sticking to the high road so far, fearful that a full-bore assault on the White House will seem to the public likeRead More


The Doctor Steps Out

Top-rated radio host Laura Schlessinger shocked both supporters and critics last week by telling her 12 million listeners that she was no longer observing Orthodox Jewish rites and rituals. Known to most as Dr. Laura, Schlessinger previously made news by converting to Judaism — twice — first under the auspices of the Conservative movement,Read More


Enabling Disaster

In quietly ramping down the demands it is making of Israel and the Palestinians under the Middle East road map, the Bush administration seems to think it has hit upon a clever tactic for buying time and avoiding conflict. It’s more likely to prove a recipe for a new explosion.The plan, as Ori Nir reports on Page 3, is to give everyone a breatherRead More


Where Is the Fence?

The simmering dispute over Israel’s so-called West Bank separation fence includes more than enough hypocrisy to go around on all sides. The Sharon government, after two years of ideological obstructionism and bureaucratic foot-dragging, has finally yielded to overwhelming public opinion and begun an earnest effort to fence off Israel’sRead More


After the Rage

Anger is a powerful drug. It stiffens the spine and quickens the senses, hones our alertness to danger and spurs us to action when action is needed. What it doesn’t do, unfortunately, is guarantee clear thinking. Alas, anger is as likely to blur the mind as to sharpen it.That’s the paradox of rage: It’s just the thing to make us jumpRead More


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


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