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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


Time for Our Community To Join the Iraq Debate

By David Saperstein

At last, the debate over America’s disastrous situation in Iraq has begun in earnest. With the entire nation now engaged, it is long overdue — and then some — for the Jewish community to weigh in and determine what insights Jewish values and interests can offer. We must do so not only because our prophetic tradition mandates that we speak out on the great moral issues of the day, and not only because as Americans we ought be deeply concerned for what this war means to our country, but also because Israel’s interests and security are so clearly at stake.Read More


Some Good News, Courtesy of the Young

By Leonard Fein

Go tell it on the mountain: There’s good news this otherwise dismal winter.Read More


Make a Deal With Syria and Weaken the Iran-Hezbollah Axis

By Martin Van Creveld

Is Damascus serious in its repeated offers to negotiate peace with Israel? Even if it is, should Israel let down its guard and take a chance on negotiating with this known supporter of terrorism?Read More


The Deadly Origins Of A Life-saving Procedure

By Ruth Jolanda Weinberger

Every year in America, more than 3 million women undergo a colposcopy. Considered the gold standard for detecting cervical cancer in women with abnormal Pap smears, the procedure has saved an untold number of American lives. Indeed, in developing countries, where colposcopies are often unavailable, carcinoma of the cervix remains the leading cause of death by cancer.Read More


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