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Serving Justice By Not Publicly Serving Justices

By Kathleen Peratis

There are no daily front-page stories. There are no slick public relations campaigns touting or trashing potential candidates. And there are no public hearings on nominees’ fitness to serve. In Israel, the selection process for new Supreme Court justices unfolds behind closed doors, and information made public — even about the identityRead More


Facing the Unresolved Issue in Interfaith Dialogue

By Michael Kotzin

Built in the year 81 C.E., the Arch of Titus stands dramatically in the Roman Forum, commemorating Titus’s military triumph over the Jews and the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem 11 years earlier. A bas-relief on the inside of the arch depicting Roman soldiers carrying the spoils of victory highlights the massive menorah.Contemplating thisRead More


Robert Aumann, Teacher Laureate

By Leonard Fein

The two winners of the 2005 Nobel prize in economics were announced the other day: Thomas Schelling, now at the University of Maryland, (before that, for many years, at Harvard University), and Robert Aumann of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Paul Samuelson aside, the winners of the Nobel in economics usually are not well knownRead More


Give Protestants Stake in Peace By Investing in Interfaith Efforts

By Robert Horenstein

Last week’s vote by the Episcopal Church of America to reject divestment from Israel didn’t simply happen in a vacuum. It was the culmination of renewed efforts by Jewish organizations to engage the mainline Protestant churches.Last month I traveled to Israel with a group of Christians for the first time. The experience has convinced me thatRead More


So Help Us God

By David Klinghoffer

Finally, proof that belief in the biblical God poses a toxic danger!An American sociological journal has posed a challenge to religious faith that is being heralded by secularists across the English-speaking world. The sociologist at the center of the controversy, Gregory Paul, writes in the Journal of Religion & Society that compared toRead More


A Poverty Of Leadership

By Leonard Fein

Here is a story. It is a story about what the media can accomplish and what intellectual curiosity in high places can produce, and how a crisis that is not an “Act of God” comes to be recognized and to galvanize a nation.In 1960, during his campaign for the presidency, John Kennedy visited the Appalachians. According to all reports, he wasRead More


The One-and-a-half-state Solution

By Yossi Alpher

Anyone who has followed the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in recent decades knows that mainstream thinking on both sides has evolved considerably, to a point where Jerusalem and Ramallah (and Washington, too) endorse a two-state solution. The advocates of Greater Israel or Greater Palestine — a single IsraeliRead More


We the Individuals

By Bethamie Horowitz

For a generation of American Jewish baby boomers who grew up looking east toward Zion from the West’s leafy suburbs, Israel has always come off as the poorer relation enduring scrappier circumstances. America had what Israel lacked: a Constitution, and good plumbing.American bathrooms were tidy and porcelain, with soft rolls ofRead More


Systematic Acts Of Kindness

By Leonard Fein

Perhaps the most moving prayer of the High Holiday services is the Unetaneh Tokef, the prayer in which we recite that on Rosh Hashanah it is inscribed and on Yom Kippur sealed “who shall live and who shall die, who in the fullness of time and who before his time,” who by water and who by fire, who by sword, who by plague and so forth. While weRead More


Invite the Extended Jewish Family For Rosh Hashanah

By Lynn Schusterman

This is the time of year when many of us in the Jewish world take stock of ourselves as individuals by assessing our accomplishments, reflecting upon our shortcomings and determining how to lead a more balanced, productive and purposeful life in the coming year. It is also a time when we contemplate where we stand as a community.ThisRead More





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