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Annan Made the Nations a Little Less United Against Israel

By Eve Epstein

On January 1, Ban Ki Moon officially begins his term as secretary general of the United Nations. Regrettably, the world body he inherits has not lived up to the noble principles enshrined in its charter.Read More


Respect Venezuelans, for They Are of a Similar Constitution

By Charles Schudson

Throughout Caracas, sidewalk vendors sell a very small and attractive edition of the new Venezuelan Constitution. Costing about $5, it’s been a best-seller since its adoption a few years ago.Read More


In a Land Where Women Are Invisible

By Kathleen Peratis

I write this from Saudi Arabia on the last day of a 9-day visit. My small band of fellow travelers has been here under the sponsorship of an official Saudi governmental body. We would have preferred to come without “sponsorship,” but that is not how things work here.Read More


Let the Light in From the Periphery

By Ariel Beery

Much like the events that led up to Hanukkah more than 2,000 years ago, a new empire has arisen in our time, stamping the known world with its particular brand of world-encompassing universal philosophy. Unlike the Greeks and the Hellenistic age, America’s brand of humanist universalism is truly a global phenomenon — spreading through nongovernmental organizations to the deepest reaches of the East, and through McDonald’s and Starbucks to create consumers in the farthest regions of the South.Read More


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


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