Forward Forum

What If the Conflict Went to Arbitration?

By Leonard Fein

This is not the most propitious week in which to propose the exercise I am about to recommend, but when dealing with the Arab-Israeli conflict, waiting for the stars to align is pointless.Read More

We Palestinians Will Honor Our Word

By Afif Safieh

I know of no way to measure suffering, no mechanism to quantify pain. All I know is that we Palestinians are not children of a lesser God.Read More

A Plea for Peace From a Bereaved Palestinian Father

By Bassam Aramin

I fought with my daughter on the day she was shot. On her way out the door to school, Abir announced, in that way children have of doing, that she would be playing with a friend that afternoon rather than coming straight home to study for an exam scheduled for the next day. She was 10 years old, smart, dedicated to her schoolwork and still a little girl.Read More

Laughing About Hitler All the Way to the Bank

By Eric Frey

Jews are known to poke fun at themselves and at their worst enemies alike. But for some of his co-religionists, movie director Dani Levy’s last joke went too far.Read More

Kissing Her Grandmothers’ Feminism Goodbye

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Conjure the image of a colleague you do not particularly like, one hierarchically superior to you. We all have one of them, and we all put up with them. We have no choice. We say hello, we peck them on the cheek and, in private, we groan when obliged to waste an entire evening on them.Read More

Could Israel Make Common Cause With Sunni Arabs?

By Yossi Alpher

It is now generally understood among Middle East experts that last summer’s war in Lebanon created a kind of paradigm shift in Israel’s interaction with the region. The threat posed to Israel by Iran, its proxy Hezbollah and its ally Syria was also recognized as a threat by the Sunni Arab heartland.Read More

An Unseen Factor in Iraq

By Gus Tyler

President Bush’s proposal to add tens of thousands of American troops in Iraq as a way to handle the calamitous chaos over there may well provoke a hidden counter movement that will strengthen the anti-American forces in Iraq. Throughout world history, there have been many occasions when a war dedicated to a noble purpose drew significant support from people of other countries. The American Revolution of 1776 was a striking case.Read More

Instruments of Their Own Discord

By Leonard Fein

This is not the column I meant to write this week, not with the world falling apart. But I am driven to write as I do by a passing paragraph in a New York Times review of a performance by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. I’ll get to that review and what it suggests about Israel itself in a bit. First, though, context.Read More

The Joys of Cedar Rapids

By Mitchell Levin

An old Jewish folk tale tells of two travelers who meet on the road while fleeing Tsarist Russia.Read More

Hiking the Minimum Wage Is Tzedakah at its Finest

By Jill Jacobs

Congress seems set to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 an hour. The House approved a minimum-wage hike in late January, and the Senate appears poised to follow suit. The Jewish community has stepped up to advocate for the proposed $2.10 minimum-wage increase, the first in almost 10 years. The Jewish Funds for Justice and the Religious Action Center of the Union for Reform Judaism collected signatures from more than 450 rabbis and rabbinical students — among them the leaders of the Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist movements — calling on Congress to pass this bill. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, with the support of dozens of local and national groups, has made passage of the minimum-wage bill a policy priority. Rabbis in cities across the country are delivering sermons on the topic.Read More

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