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Bigger Than Brad and Jen

By David Klinghoffer

We’ve come a long way from “The Scarlet Letter.” What’s left of the gravity that once surrounded the Seventh Commandment, prohibiting adultery, could be observed in the news sensation of the past couple of weeks. No, I don’t mean the pullout from Gaza. I mean Brad Pitt’s pullout from his marriage to Jennifer Aniston, coincidingRead More


Is Roberts a Lemon?

By Ami Eden

The battle over Supreme Court nominee John Roberts is coming to a head, and though the deck is stacked against them, his liberal critics seem ready for a nasty fight to the finish. As Ori Nir reports on Page 1, one liberal advocacy group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued a 19-page report Monday warning that theRead More


A Light Unto the Nations

By Mara Rudman

‘Jews don’t evacuate Jews” was the slogan on the orange bumper stickers affixed to cars, waved about on banners that crowded the landscape, and shouted by protesters as we drove back into Jerusalem on August 18, after a long day in the Gaza Strip.I asked my Palestinian driver, a longtime Jerusalem resident, to tell me what the Hebrew wordsRead More


License With Language

By Leonard Fein

No, Dikla, this was not a pogrom.The reference is to Dikla Cohen, whose photograph being escorted out of her home in Gush Katif appeared on page 1, above the fold, of The New York Times of August 18. In the caption beneath the photo, she is quoted as saying, “I feel today was a pogrom.”But in fact it was nothing like a pogrom, and itRead More


The Difficulty, and Ease, of Uprooting Jews

By Ben Dansker

We are only days away from the lowering of the last Israeli flag in Gaza and the withdrawal of the last Israeli soldier. As one of the Jewish people’s and the Zionist enterprises’ most moving and profound dramas comes to a conclusion, many pens and keyboards will pour forth with punditry and wit of greater or lesser insight andRead More


Divest Anti-Israel Prejudice From Churches

By David Elcott

There is a battle taking place within mainstream Christian churches across America. A small cadre dedicated to the triumph of the Palestinians at the price of the destruction of Israel is trying to influence the Middle East policies of the American Christian community. As a result, Jews and Christians are often undermined as they work together forRead More


Prostituting the Constitution

By Kathleen Peratis

Let’s say you run an agency administering governmental disaster relief funds and, after a big hurricane, you are told you no longer will be permitted to administer funds unless you publicly announce that you are opposed to gay marriage — whether or not you actually oppose it, whether or not you even have an opinion. Far fetched? Absurd? AnRead More


Breaching ‘The Breaking Point

By Antoine Halff

The recent oil rally and record-high prices have sprouted a thriving cottage industry of energy millenarians — doomsayers warning that oil production has peaked and that a toxic mix of soaring demand and plummeting reserves is leading the world on a global collision course toward the “End of Oil.” That such predictions have been repeatedlyRead More


Gloom and Doom, Yet We Bloom

By Leonard Fein

The highest temperature ever recorded anywhere was at Tirat Tzvi, in Israel, on June 12, 1942, when the thermometer reached 129 degrees Fahrenheit. By comparison, the 100-plus temperatures recorded this week at the Kissufim crossing — the way from Israel proper to Gush Katif, in Gaza — though higher than usual, are not all thatRead More


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





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  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
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