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Homes and Borders

By J.J. Goldberg

In the hot desert scrub of southern Gaza this week, in scenes broadcast around the world, Israelis who were losing their homes to a government policy they thought cruel confronted soldiers executing that policy and begged for some miracle to change history.The miracle did not come, but the settlers’ sacrifice seared the hearts of onlookers —Read More


A Picture Of Heroism and Hate

By Tad Daley

I always try to go to Mass on the anniversary of my mother’s untimely death 26 long years ago. But this year I decided to do something of a different spiritual significance. I attended the “Liberation!” exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance here in Los Angeles — photos and footage and objects from the moments in the spring of 1945Read More


Mideast Peace Requires Withdrawal From Unilateralism

By Daoud Kuttab

As much as some Palestinian groups would like to claim that Israel’s unilateral disengagement from Gaza this week is a direct result of their military actions, the majority of Palestinians don’t buy into such a simplistic narrative. Nor, however, is the withdrawal a product of what we believed to be the alternative path to liberationRead More


The Conscription Prescription

By Yossi Alpher

The Israeli military draws its manpower from universal conscription. Actually, conscription in Israel is no longer truly universal — large numbers of ultra-Orthodox are exempted, along with any woman declaring herself religious and a percentage of youth judged unfit for service — but it probably comes as close to universality as any army. InRead More


Mourn for Gaza, Pray for Unity

By Avi Weiss

As Israel prepares to disengage from Gaza, it is not only natural but also proper that we experience a keen sense of mourning over our loss. Imagine if we were evicted from our homes, if our synagogues were dismantled, the remains of our loved ones disinterred. These feelings only become more acute when we recall that many of the residents of GushRead More


Toward Theological Evolution

By David Klinghoffer

The passionately contested scientific critique of Darwinian evolution called “Intelligent Design” is hotter than ever. Yet in this controversy, with its profound moral and spiritual implications, the Jewish community has remained curiously abstracted and irrelevant.Our irrelevance stands out when you consider how many Christians,Read More


Cultivate Communal Connection Beyond Organizational Affiliation

By Bethamie Horowitz

Everyone knows that there is a daunting number of Jewish organizations in America. A recent volume of the American Jewish Year Book lists more than 500 operating at the national level, not to speak of those operating locally. The veritable babble of acronyms underscores the community’s hyper-organized character: UJA, AJC, JDC, ADL, AIPAC, IPF,Read More


One Governor’s Commitment to Survivors

By Marilyn Henry

Nine years ago, the financial losses suffered by Nazi victims suddenly received an extraordinary amount of attention. Dormant bank accounts in Switzerland and European insurance companies’ unpaid policies became headline news. But while victims found that their losses were of great public interest, few agencies were prepared to assist individualRead More


Two-state Dissolution

By Leonard Fein

Once upon a not so long-ago time, Israel’s Herut Party, which eventually mutated into today’s Likud, had as its theme song “Shtei Gadot Layarden” — “There are two sides to the Jordan [river], this one is ours and that one, too.” In short, all the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan as the one side, and the Kingdom of JordanRead More


16 Words for John Roberts

By Leonard Fein

‘At a time when we see around the world the violent consequences of the assumption of religious authority by government, Americans may count themselves fortunate: Our regard for constitutional boundaries has protected us from similar travails, while allowing private religious exercise to flourish… Americans attend their places of worshipRead More





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