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Sharon Centers on What’s Left

By Yisrael Medad

Since independence 58 years ago, Israel’s political system has lacked a true center. This week, Ariel Sharon decided to try to find it, and in the process, rewrite the history of the Jewish state.The prime minister’s jettisoning of his Likud connections is more than just politics become personal on a scale not seen since David Ben-GurionRead More


Peretz, the Next David (or Mitzna)

By Leonard Fein

The Hebrew word for “periphery” is “periferiah.” Last week, in the stunning victory of Amir Peretz over Shimon Peres for the chairmanship of the Labor Party — or, as accurately, in the stunning loss of Shimon Peres to Amir Peretz — it was the periferiah that moved to Israel’s center political stage. The biggest revolutionRead More


Contempt for God Is Stealing America’s Morals

By David Klinghoffer

I’m not a regular reader of Glamour magazine, but my wife was studying the current volume of that journal when a headline caught my eye: “The Man Who Stole My Life,” a story about hairdresser Kelly Stein.One day a transvestite named Debbie entered Stein’s beauty salon in Greensburg, Pa. “Raised never to judge” other people, as she toldRead More


An Injustice to Saddam’s Victims

By Richard Goldstone

Last week Adil al-Zubeidi, a leading defense lawyer in the trial of Saddam Hussein and his erstwhile political colleagues, was assassinated on the streets of Baghdad. It was the second such killing in less than a month, and it has caused many to question whether the trial can be a fair one. How, more than a few commentators have asked, can theRead More


We Are Responsible

By Gus Tyler

Who is responsible for the New Orleans catastrophe? A one-word answer might well be “we.” The conclusion is based on the history of floods from Noah to New Orleans. Too often, in trying to explain the origin of natural phenomena, we are inclined to overlook the role of humans — individually or collectively — in government.Let’sRead More


Poisoned Orchard

By Leonard Fein

Here’s the scenario: You’re watching television, and suddenly, there’s the president of the United States saying, “We’ve received reports that the nine American soldiers kidnapped last week by terrorists in Iraq are being subjected to brutal torture. This outrage must stop, and it must stop immediately. It is a violation of internationalRead More


The Way We War

By Yossi Alpher

Three months ago this column was devoted to a comparison between the Israeli military and the American armed forces, focusing on the differing public attitudes associated with a conscription-based army as opposed to a volunteer force. In particular, the relative absence in the United States of organized mass protest concerning the war in Iraq,Read More


Disabuse Community of Intolerance

By Jay Michaelson

The resignation last week of Rabbi David Kaye from the educational program Panim, after revelations that he had solicited a 13-year-old boy online for sex, elicited the usual expressions of shock from the Jewish community. Of course, we all should be outraged when such immoral conduct is brought to light, but those who follow the Jewish world knowRead More


Blaming Women Begets No Babies

By Shulamit Reinharz

In the olden days, Jewish offspring were begat by their fathers, seemingly without intervention by women. The Bible is full of begotten children.For the most part, the Bible has only two reproductive narratives: long lines of uninterrupted male begetting and women suffering from infertility. Women seemed to have all sorts of trouble having babies,Read More


It Takes a Community

By Leonard Fein

There’s been considerable coverage these last days of Rosa Parks, whose death a full half-century after the brief episode that rendered her an “icon” calls to mind a long-ago time. But there’s been little evocation of that time, the events and the circumstances that earned Parks iconic status.The year is 1955, the date is December 1, andRead More





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