Forward Forum


My Fellow Rabbis, Raise Up Your Voices

By Darren Kleinberg

In 2003, I received my Green Card and became a permanent resident of the United States. Last week, a little more than three years after America became my home, a number of fellow Phoenix rabbis and I sat down in very comfortable chairs at the Ritz Carlton Hotel and debated former president Jimmy Carter about his controversial book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.”Read More


There Is Virtue, President Carter, in Self-doubt

By Leonard Fein

By now, many people have surely grown weary of the controversy over Jimmy Carter’s new book, “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid.” And why not?Read More


An Energy-conserving Light Unto the Nations

By Steve Gutow

How many Jews does it take to change an energy-conserving light bulb?Read More


Let Each Congregation Choose for Itself

By Jerome Epstein

In our increasingly black or white, left or right, right or wrong world, where fundamentalisms of all kinds increasingly flourish, it is neither convenient nor glamorous to claim the center. But that center, where we are challenged to balance newly received wisdom with tradition, new information with moral concerns, facts with beliefs, is where we in the Conservative movement position ourselves.Read More


From Beirut (and Baghdad, and Tehran) to Jerusalem

By Yossi Alpher

It has become, it seems, the new paradigm for dealing with the Middle East: Just solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or at least start moving in that direction. Then it will be much easier for the United States to deal with Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Al Qaeda, democratization and all the other problems of the Arab Middle East and the Muslim world.Read More


Are We More Than Just A Category?

By Bethamie Horowitz

In 1964, preeminent sociologist Marshall Sklare published an article in Commentary magazine titled “Intermarriage and the Jewish Future,” sounding an alarm at a time when only 7.2% of married Jews had non-Jewish spouses. Even though Sklare and most Jews of his time viewed intermarriage as a one-way ticket out of Judaism, the conventional wisdom of the time held “that the threat of the problem has been surprisingly well contained in America.” But Sklare saw this complacency as deeply misleading.Read More


Drawing Blood From a Stone

By Gus Tyler

Mortgages are America’s largest business. At present it comes to ten trillion dollars. That’s $10,000,000,000,000 — a sizable sum. But the business is in trouble right now. As The Wall Street Journal reported December 5, “More Borrowers With Risky Loans Are Falling Behind.”Read More


The Silk-purse Promises of a War We’ve Lost

By Leonard Fein

The Iraq Study Group believes that “The United States cannot achieve its goals in the Middle East unless it deals directly with the Arab-Israeli conflict and regional instability. There must be a renewed and sustained commitment by the United States to a comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace on all fronts: Lebanon, Syria, and President Bush’s June 2002 commitment to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.”Read More


When We Withdraw, Will Saudis Heed a Sunni Call to Arms?

By Wayne White

If Iraq descends into a full-blown civil war during or following the withdrawal of American-led coalition forces, would Saudi Arabia be compelled to intervene?Read More


Read Boston Study on Intermarriage With Caution

By Steven M. Cohen, Jack Ukeles and Ron Miller

The recently released 2005 Boston Community Study reported some seemingly startling findings with potentially powerful implications for the future of American Jews. It reported that 60% of children in intermarried homes are being raised as Jews: “The majority of intermarried households with children are raising those children as Jews. Doing so is near-universal among Jewish women in interfaith relationships and somewhat less so for Jewish men.”Read More


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