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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


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


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





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