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Next Sunday, Bless Our Feet

By Leonard Fein

By now, most of us know the frightening word: Janjaweed, the government supported marauders who have killed somewhere between 200,000 and 400,000 villagers in the Darfur region of Sudan and chased another 2 million from their homes. It turns out that Janjaweed is a real word; it means “armed men on horses.”There was an article in The NewRead More


Jerusalem, the Eternal and Divisible Capital

By David Newman

Last week, the Israeli government revoked the East Jerusalem residency rights of four Hamas parliamentarians, in response to the Palestinian government’s refusal to denounce a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. The next day, Israel’s High Court ruled in favor of completing the separation wall surrounding Jerusalem.Taken together, the two decisionsRead More


A Public Intellectual Passes Away, But Not His Legacy

By David Myers and Michael Berenbaum

The death of Arthur Hertzberg last week marks more than the passing of a great American Jewish personality. It reminds us of the rarity of a figure like Hertzberg, who paid little heed to the boundaries separating academic scholarship, rabbinic service, social activism and Jewish diplomacy. Indeed, his death harks back to an era in which theRead More


Politics By Other Means

By Leonard Fein

It all sounds so depressingly familiar: We are giving diplomacy a chance, any suggestion that we are preparing for military action is “wild speculation” — but, at the same time, Iran represents a grave threat to world peace and is a haven for terrorism. Wait too long, and it will have nuclear weapons, international inspection or not.Read More


Jewish Education Needs A Copernican Revolution

By Jonathan Woocher

Today we live in a world where choice reigns, where mass customization is expected and where learners are increasingly in charge of their own learning. For Jewish education in America, confronting this reality demands nothing less than a radical Copernican-style revolution, one that places the learner — not the provider, the program orRead More


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


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