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No Sunshine Patriots We

By Leonard Fein

Every now and then, it is useful to return to basics. With regard to Israel, and more particularly with regard to how we might respond to young people who wonder why they should care about what happens there, this seems to be one of those times. We are in a kind of holding pattern; one might call it “between disengagements,” after Gaza andRead More


Real Realism on Intermarriage

By Jack Wertheimer and Steven Bayme

Building on a new study of Jewish identity among the children of intermarriage, the Forward editorialized about the alleged failings of the organized Jewish community. In its July 8 editorial, “Welcoming the New Jews” — i.e. the offspring of mixed marriages — the Forward declared: “The Jewish community needs to come to terms with theRead More


The Invisible Become Visible

By Leonard Fein

All the wellsprings of the great deep burst And the casements of the heavens were opened. (Genesis 7:11)

In New Orleans, the order was reversed: First it was the casements of the heavens that were opened, and only then did the wellsprings of the great deep burst. “A flood of Biblical proportions,” many peopleRead More


Bridging the Post-Gaza Divide

By Ruth Gavison

Now that Israel has completed its evacuation of settlements in Gaza and the northern West Bank, many uncertainties that plagued us for the past several months have been resolved. The Israeli government showed that it could successfully implement its disengagement policy in the face of tumultuous public protests. And it did so with remarkableRead More


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


Question Time for John Roberts

By Marc Stern

Next week many Americans will be paying careful attention to the answers given by Judge John Roberts during his Senate confirmation hearings. This is to be expected, given the importance of the Supreme Court in the contemporary political constellation.Jews are no exception. The list of subjects of interest to the Jewish community on the highRead More


Respecting Religious Diversity

By Steve Israel and Melinda Morton

Right now there are men and women sitting in Humvees in Iraq or flying missions over the mountains of Afghanistan. In matters of religion and conscience they represent great diversity, but they are bound together in their professional duty by a commitment to Constitution and country. As American servicemen and women they are willing to fightRead More


The West Bank Connection

By Mark Rosenblum

President Bush was right on the money when he lauded Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for “having made a very tough decision” to carry out the evacuation of settlements from Gaza and the northern West Bank, a bold choice of demography (i.e., a Jewish state) over geography (i.e., the Land of Greater Israel). Indeed, Sharon’s decisionRead More





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