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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


Field of Dreams, Now Just Another Field

By Gerald Eskenazi

Forty years ago, Sandy Koufax took a day off from his job because it was Yom Kippur. And because it fell on a day he was supposed to pitch in the World Series, he was elevated once and forever into icon status in the Jewish community.But I believe that the gesture is now more of a fine historical reference than an ongoing symbol ofRead More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


A Windfall Of a Hurricane

By Leonard Fein

The staggering incompetence of this administration, which would not be quite so damaging were it not coupled with its wrongheadedness, has at last begun to register with the American people. The ratings of the president on a whole variety of measures, including assessment of how well he is performing and his basic trustworthiness, have tumbled; itRead More


Prisons Are Creating Terrorists In Our Midst

By Yehudit Barsky

American prisons have become prime recruiting grounds for incubating prospective terrorists.Radical Islamic inmates have established their own system of indoctrination and recruitment under the cover of religious practice, a phenomenon known as “prison Islam.” Inmates who practice prison Islam generally adopt Muslim names and establish aRead More


When Kabul Came to Canada, and the Rabbis Fought To Make Shariah the Law of the Land

By Kathleen Peratis

So busy have we been worrying that women in Iraq and Afghanistan are losing ground to officially sanctioned Shariah courts with power to control much of what matters in their lives — marriage, divorce, support, inheritance — that we hardly noticed that the ground under as many as 150,000 Muslim women in Canada has been shaky, too. Yes,Read More


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





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