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The Courage To Be Humble

By Leonard Fein

Now that the shooting’s over (one hopes), the postmortems, quite literally, begin. And they are already ugly, very ugly.Read More


Closing the Door on Moderation, One Seat at a Time

By Sandy Maisel

Senator Joseph Lieberman’s loss in Connecticut’s Democratic primary last week is symptomatic of a larger problem facing those who seek to govern the United States. The shock over a politician as prominent as Lieberman losing a primary for renomination, as well as the depth of feeling over the war in Iraq and the focus on the Democrats’ efforts to regain control of one or both houses of Congress, have obscured the more important concern revealed in Ned Lamont’s upset victory.Read More


A Judgment Observed Does Not a Theocracy Make

By David Klinghoffer

Some members of America’s political and cultural elite have been having a tough time lately distinguishing between the political philosophy of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and that of our country’s religious conservatives. Ahmadinejad is a classic theocrat whose regime subjects his country to religious law. Can we say the same of a Christian like George W. Bush?Read More


Glatt Kosher Meat Is Not All It Is Cut Out To Be

By Marc Shapiro

Due in no small part to the recent controversy at the AgriProcessors slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, there has been a lot of talk of late about how glatt kosher meat is produced. Yet for all the sensational headlines about whether the standards of kashrut are being met, little attention has been paid to how those standards are actually determined.Read More


A Word Liberals Dare Not Speak

By Leonard Fein

What is it about the left that causes such instinctive antipathy toward Israel? It wasn’t always that way. Years back, Israel was in fact a favorite of the left, the more so of what I will call here left-liberals.Read More


Waiting for the Hurricane Of Anti-Israel Racism To Blow Over

By Oz Almog

Sooner or later the current war in Lebanon will come to an end. Israel will survive, lick its wounds, recharge its diminished energies and return, with revitalized enthusiasm, to its television shows and vacations.Read More


International Force Can Keep Peace Only When Both Sides Are Committed

By Yossi Alpher

Of the more than 50 international peacekeeping forces established or authorized by the United Nations since its inception, half a dozen have patrolled Israel’s borders with its Arab neighbors. Before another international force comes into existence and is deployed in southern Lebanon, it might be helpful to inquire what has made for the handful of successful international monitoring operations between Israelis and Arabs — and what explains the failure of others.Read More


A Mandate To Rescue Evidence of the Shoah

By Sara Bloomfield

Edwin Black’s August 4 opinion article puts him seemingly at odds with the world’s leading Holocaust scholars, most of whom have taken advantage of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s research center and its open access research policy (“History Demands an Uncompromised Home for Shoah Archive”).Read More


Who Will Send Troops To Save Darfur?

By Evan Goldstein

Last week the United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, proposed sending a 24,000-strong peacekeeping force to Darfur and called for international efforts to secure the Sudanese government’s consent to the plan. However, he knows full well that U.N. member states are unlikely to deploy troops to Sudan without the Sudanese government’s consent. The situation, in short, is this: unless the U.N. is willing to back military intervention into Darfur, the genocide will continue.Read More


Was There Really No Other Way?

By Leonard Fein

According to all reports, synagogues in America were unusually well-attended this Tisha B’Av, which fell this year on August 3. It’s the day on which Jews — some, anyway — remember to mourn the destruction of the First Temple, and then, according to the tradition, a number of other calamities that befell our people through the centuries.Read More





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