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A Seed Is Planted in the Land of Israel

By Moshe Dann

Recently, my youngest daughter and her boyfriend of several years stood in the doorway of my study and announced their engagement. “Abba,” said my 19 year old, hardly able to contain herself, “we decided on a date.”Tehila works in the children’s ward at Tel Hashomer Hospital. She’s there fulfilling her National Service, which sheRead More


How To Laugh at Death, By Art Buchwald

By Dov Burt Levy

Art Buchwald is living and dying in a Washington, D.C., hospice. If you don’t know his story, you could be forgiven for thinking this is a very sad time for the 80-year-old Jewish columnist.Just the opposite, Buchwald says. “I am,” he announces, “having the time of my life.” His family and friends, along with the political and artisticRead More


This Passover, Peas on Earth

By Leonard Fein

Until last Wednesday, I had no idea what “legumes” meant. Oh, I knew that legumes were an edible of some sort and not a French rock band (“Les Gumes” or some such). But coming on the word as I did only once a year, during the run-up to Passover, I knew legumes only as a Passover no-no, and since I already knew all the yes-yesRead More


Whoa Unto Us

By Leonard Fein

Whoa unto us. That’s “whoa,” not woe. We’re in a kind of sucking swamp just now.Think about Hamas, and experience dismay. Think about Washington and Baghdad and experience despair. Think about Iran’s announcement that it now has ballistic missiles with multiple warheads that canRead More


When Those Who Immigrate Don’t Assimilate

By Eric Frey

The current political row on Capitol Hill and in California about immigration policy notwithstanding, Europeans look with admiration and envy at American society’s ability to absorb people from all over the world. And though they might be loath to concede the point to Americans, a fair number of Europeans would admit that Europe’s poorRead More


The Schoolteacher and the Government’s Watch List

By Mickey Pearlman

ere’s a little story about a close friend of 32 years.A 61-year-old grandmother with an Ivy League masters degree, she teaches fifth grade at a fancy private school in Englewood, N.J. She also does after-school tutoring and has been caught, on more than one occasion, venturing out in a snowstorm to help yet another over-indulged, panickingRead More


The Jackson-Robertson Test

By Leonard Fein

Imagine: 4,500 Jews in convention assembled, listening rapturously to a speech by Vice President Dick Cheney. Shooter Cheney — his man Lewis Libby was “Scooter,” so why not? — spoke for 35 minutes and was interrupted 48 times by the delegates’ applause. That’s once every 43.7 seconds.And the 4,500 were at the American Israel PublicRead More


The U.N. Reforms, Despite Bolton’s Best Efforts

By Kathleen Peratis

The United Nations Commission on Human Rights has long been an embarrassment to the decent nations of the world. Its membership has included the world’s worst abusers of human rights — Sudan, for example, and Cuba and Zimbabwe — who have used their membership to protect themselves and each other from condemnation for their human rightsRead More


A Moderate in America, With No Political Party To Call Home

By David Twersky

I propose importing Kadima, Israel’s new centrist party, to the United States.I don’t mean that we need yet another Jewish organization; quite the contrary. Instead I am plugging an excellent observation first sketched by Jonathan Rauch in the March issue of the Atlantic Monthly.In his essay, Rauch argues that American politics is broken theRead More


Building Identity, One Roof at a Time

By Michelle Lackie

To me, a well-constructed roof looks a lot like Jewish identity (“Teach Model Citizenship by Example,” March 10).Right now, 700 Jewish college students are in New Orleans and i n Biloxi, Miss., cleaning up the damage wrought by hurricanes Katrina and Rita nearly seven months ago. The chugging of the air compressor, punctuated by the pop of…Read More


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