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Gender Bias Is a Fact of Communal Life

By Steven M. Cohen and Shaul Kelner

A by-now widely reported accident took place at Wye Plantation last week. The Jewish People Policy Planning Institute convened a meeting of Jewish organizational leaders to discuss the future of the Jewish people — but hardly any women leaders were invited, hardly any were expected to participate before dozens of Jews sent protest letters to theRead More


He Who Could Command Legions of the Faithful

By Joseph Telushkin

It often occurred to me when Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson was alive, that he was the one person, aside from the Israeli prime minister and the Israeli military’s chief of staff, who commanded a Jewish army. Who else in Jewish life could instruct a young man or a young couple to go to a specific remote city and live there possibly for theRead More


Time To Hang Up My Track (II) Shoes

By Yossi Alpher

Israelis and Palestinians have been conducting informal talks about resolving their conflict for several decades now. The first such contacts between Israeli intellectuals and Palestine Liberation Organization stalwarts took place some 30 years ago. These meetings picked up steam in the late 1980s, after the PLO officially accepted the principleRead More


Open Borders Threaten Jewish Clout

By Stephen Steinlight

In passing President Bush’s Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act last month, a bipartisan Senate coalition has shown itself to be suffering from the dubious, irresponsible mindset articulated in Yiddish as “Sie machen sich nicht wissentig” and by Thomas Aquinas as “Ignorantia Affectata”: willfully makingRead More


Push for a Principled Migration Policy

By Gideon Aronoff

More than 350 years ago, New Amsterdam Governor Peter Stuyvesant welcomed the first 23 Jewish immigrants with open hostility and threats of deportation. In contrast, President George Washington, while addressing the Rhode Island Jewish community, offered full membership in American society for any newcomer who embraced AmericanRead More


Beating the Organ Donor Taboo

By Elaine Berg

More than 400,000 people living in the United States today are organ transplant recipients. These are people who, without the gift of life from others, would not have been given a second chance.Others are not so fortunate. Despite the improved success rates of transplants, an average of 6,200 people die each year because of an ongoing shortageRead More


Fighting Antisemitism With Theology

By Eugene Korn

During the Second Vatican Council discussions in Rome in the 1960s, Jewish leaders wanted the Catholic Church to make statements denouncing antisemitism, apologizing for the church’s role in the Holocaust and recognizing the State of Israel. The Catholics, however, were most interested in discussing God and Scripture. Jews talked politics, whileRead More


Food Fight

By Gus Tyler

With each passing day, the heat seemed to be rising in the run-up to this fall’s midterm election. Every hot-button issue on the public agenda, from gay marriage to the estate tax, seems to offer another opportunity for one side or the other — mostly the other, if you ask us — to reject compromise and play to its base. ItRead More


Looking for God At Auschwitz

By Leonard Fein

Pope Benedict XVI, visiting Auschwitz, did not say what Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League says he should have said. “We are surprised, upset and sad,” Foxman said. “He talked about the universal dimension of the Holocaust in the world’s largest Jewish cemetery, and he did not talk about the specific policy against the Jews. SoRead More


America the Feeble

By Eric Frey

When President Bush arrives in Vienna on June 22 for the annual summit between the European Union and the United States, he will meet smiling politicians in the conference rooms and see angry-looking citizens on the streets.On the political level, European-American relations are perhaps the best they’ve been since Bush entered the White House:Read More





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