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Turn to Sharia To Promote Human Rights in Muslim Countries

By Kathleen Peratis

In many Muslim countries, even those with ostensibly secular governments, some of the legal codes — especially family and personal status laws, laws regulating sex outside of marriage and laws of punishment — are enactments of Sharia, or Islamic law. Sharia-based laws are generally seen by the local population as not merely the law of the land but as the law of God.Read More


Put the Camp Back in Campus

By Wayne L. Firestone

Is that our daughter laughing and sparkling in the middle of a group of folk dancing tweens? Yes. We remember that girl. This is the child we brought into the world 11 years ago. One minute she is the picture of disaffected way-too-cool-ness, and the next, bam, she is back, a happy pre-adolescent.Read More


Redeeming Ishmael

By David Klinghoffer

With Rosh Hashanah upon us, inaugurating 10 days of repentance dedicated to freeing ourselves of negative personal habits, it seems an appropriate time to ask if fundamentalist Islam can be freed from its most bloody and aggressive tendencies. Is the enmity between many Muslims and the West destined to remain a feature of world history until the end?Read More


So My Son Can Choose for Himself

By Moshe Rosenberg

The about-face was stunning for its suddenness. The same woman — let’s call her my wife — who had coolly arranged for my son’s ticket, icily orchestrated his passport, and calculatedly coordinated his luggage and international cell phone, this same woman, upon seeing him pass through the airport checkpoint that leads to the gate, opened some internal spigot, and became a caricature of the mother who has lost her only child.Read More


Diary of An Office Rabbi

By Nancy Brenner

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, the number of questions regarding my religion intensify and increase.Read More


10 Questions for George Allen

By Sonny Goldreich

Now that George Allen has ’fessed up to the truth of his origins, shedding the aspersion and joining the Dispersion, the voting public is entitled to a full accounting of the affair. Here are 10 questions that we believe the senator needs to answer.Read More


He Who Is Fit To Judge

By Leonard Fein

Israel’s most significant Barak is not Ehud, the former prime minister, but, by a furlong, Aharon, until last week president of Israel’s Supreme Court. Widely respected in Israel and abroad, Aharon Barak’s imprint on the Israeli court, and thereby on Israeli society, is second to no other living Israeli.Read More


Multilateral Enrichment in Iran Is An Investment in Nonproliferation

By John Thomson and Geoffrey Forden

If the goal is to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear bomb, the West needs to change course. Simply put, present Western policies are failing.Read More


Speaking Out on Darfur Cannot Wait for a More Convenient Time

By Steve Gutow

Israel’s northern cities and towns need massive reconstruction aid to repair the widespread damage caused by a month of indiscriminate Hezbollah rocket attacks. Without a doubt, Israel is, and should be, the main foreign-policy priority for American Jews. But we must seriously consider the cost of spending our time and resources solely on helping Israel.Read More


What Jobs?

By Gus Tyler

The September headline read, “U.S. Created 128,000 Jobs in August as Wages Rose.” Translation: It’s time to rejoice — that is, until we take a good, hard look behind these figures. It turns out they’re quite misleading. Why?Read More


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