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Mourn for Gaza, Pray for Unity

By Avi Weiss

As Israel prepares to disengage from Gaza, it is not only natural but also proper that we experience a keen sense of mourning over our loss. Imagine if we were evicted from our homes, if our synagogues were dismantled, the remains of our loved ones disinterred. These feelings only become more acute when we recall that many of the residents of GushRead More


Toward Theological Evolution

By David Klinghoffer

The passionately contested scientific critique of Darwinian evolution called “Intelligent Design” is hotter than ever. Yet in this controversy, with its profound moral and spiritual implications, the Jewish community has remained curiously abstracted and irrelevant.Our irrelevance stands out when you consider how many Christians,Read More


Two-state Dissolution

By Leonard Fein

Once upon a not so long-ago time, Israel’s Herut Party, which eventually mutated into today’s Likud, had as its theme song “Shtei Gadot Layarden” — “There are two sides to the Jordan [river], this one is ours and that one, too.” In short, all the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan as the one side, and the Kingdom of JordanRead More


Cultivate Communal Connection Beyond Organizational Affiliation

By Bethamie Horowitz

Everyone knows that there is a daunting number of Jewish organizations in America. A recent volume of the American Jewish Year Book lists more than 500 operating at the national level, not to speak of those operating locally. The veritable babble of acronyms underscores the community’s hyper-organized character: UJA, AJC, JDC, ADL, AIPAC, IPF,Read More


One Governor’s Commitment to Survivors

By Marilyn Henry

Nine years ago, the financial losses suffered by Nazi victims suddenly received an extraordinary amount of attention. Dormant bank accounts in Switzerland and European insurance companies’ unpaid policies became headline news. But while victims found that their losses were of great public interest, few agencies were prepared to assist individualRead More


16 Words for John Roberts

By Leonard Fein

‘At a time when we see around the world the violent consequences of the assumption of religious authority by government, Americans may count themselves fortunate: Our regard for constitutional boundaries has protected us from similar travails, while allowing private religious exercise to flourish… Americans attend their places of worshipRead More


Disengage From Turning Religion Into a Political Slogan

By Eric Yoffie

When disengagement from Gaza is over, this much is clear: Relations between religious Zionism and the State of Israel will never be quite the same. The rules of the game that have regulated the relationship between the national religious camp and Israel’s secular population have been shattered beyond repair.Most Israelis, it shouldRead More


Judging Women By Their Merits

By Kathleen Peratis

Does it matter that there will not be two women on the United States Supreme Court? Would it matter if there were none?Sexual politics heated up over the last two weeks as President Bush came ever closer to naming his choice to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, whose retirement takes effect, by its terms, upon the confirmationRead More


Scandalous Partisanship

By Herbert London

The Democratic sharks smell Republican blood in the water. As a consequence, they are zeroing in on Karl Rove in order to embarrass the president in what has become a tidal wave of partisanship. It is revealing, however, that these are toothless sharks on a hapless mission.There is the contention that Rove revealed Valerie Plame’s identityRead More


Raise the Bar in Israeli Politics

By Robert Schulman

On a warm evening in June 2004, I attended a wedding held on Kibbutz Ma’aleh HaHamisha, in the hilly countryside outside Jerusalem. It was a smallish affair by Israeli standards, just 300 guests. Those seated with me included a radio journalist, an accountant, a social worker and a Brazilian immigrant who teaches dance. I also met anRead More





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