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A Turn for Peace, But Whose?

By Leonard Fein

Prime Minister Sharon’s speech before the General Assembly of the United Nations on September 15 was widely praised as confirmation of the old warrior’s turn toward peace. Even Ha’aretz, Israel’s most resolutely liberal major newspaper, called it “a speech of historical importance.”Perhaps. Medical technology, for all itsRead More


Downloading Democracy In the Middle East (With Some Help From America)

By Yossi Alpher

Anyone who followed media coverage of the Gaza disengagement last month had to be struck by the presence of Arab satellite television networks in and among the settlements. Tens of millions of viewers of Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya could watch live broadcasts in which reporters, usually Israeli-Arab journalists, stuck their microphonesRead More


The Day Evil Became the Rule of Law

By Harry Reicher

Seventy years ago this month, Hermann Göring stood up in front of a special Reichstag session in Nuremburg and read out the Law for the Protection of German Blood and Honor. The decree was one of what came to be known as the Nuremberg laws, which peremptorily and ruthlessly wrought fundamental changes to the place of Jews inRead More


Disastrous Leadership

It was as though the administration was in a bubble as millions of Americans watched and immediately understood the enormity of this national disaster.Unfortunately, Floridians have seen this denial before. As FEMA handed out more than $30 million to residents of Miami-Dade County who had made fraudulent claims after Hurricane Frances last year,Read More


No Sunshine Patriots We

By Leonard Fein

Every now and then, it is useful to return to basics. With regard to Israel, and more particularly with regard to how we might respond to young people who wonder why they should care about what happens there, this seems to be one of those times. We are in a kind of holding pattern; one might call it “between disengagements,” after Gaza andRead More


The Wrong Answer to the Iraq War

By Arthur Waskow

If you are a Jew who believes that the American government’s invasion and occupation of Iraq has been a terrible ethical and practical misdeed, you now find yourself walking amid landmines.There is a broad spectrum of organizations that opposed the invasion of Iraq and is working to end the American military presence there. Many of theseRead More


A Thought for Pervez Musharraf

We therefore offer several suggestions as co-explorers of the difficult trails of Muslim-Jewish dialogue.Reflecting the issues of deepest concern in our respective communities, there are several points that Jews would like to hear about from a Muslim leader and others that they need to hear.First, Jews would like an unambiguous statementRead More


Real Realism on Intermarriage

By Jack Wertheimer and Steven Bayme

Building on a new study of Jewish identity among the children of intermarriage, the Forward editorialized about the alleged failings of the organized Jewish community. In its July 8 editorial, “Welcoming the New Jews” — i.e. the offspring of mixed marriages — the Forward declared: “The Jewish community needs to come to terms with theRead More


The Invisible Become Visible

By Leonard Fein

All the wellsprings of the great deep burst And the casements of the heavens were opened. (Genesis 7:11)

In New Orleans, the order was reversed: First it was the casements of the heavens that were opened, and only then did the wellsprings of the great deep burst. “A flood of Biblical proportions,” many peopleRead More


Bridging the Post-Gaza Divide

By Ruth Gavison

Now that Israel has completed its evacuation of settlements in Gaza and the northern West Bank, many uncertainties that plagued us for the past several months have been resolved. The Israeli government showed that it could successfully implement its disengagement policy in the face of tumultuous public protests. And it did so with remarkableRead More





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