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Bringing Jerusalem Back Down to Size

By Yossi Alpher

Last week the government of Israel made a historic decision to leave a portion of Jerusalem outside the security barrier, thereby officially beginning the process of undoing the anachronistic post-Six-Day War annexation that has turned Israel’s capital into a bi-national nightmare.Ariel Sharon, of all people, has undertakenRead More


Conquering

By Leonard Fein

Perhaps there was a time when the secular-religious divide — it is of Jews I write — made sense. In Eastern and Central Europe during the period of 1850 to 1930, it may have been the case that “secular” Jews were genuinely secular, as some few remain today.But here, now? For all that the survey research on America’s Jews persistsRead More


The Last Best Hope For Religious Continuity: Gays

By Aaron Hamburger

In an age when religious activists frequently lament that their faith is under constant attack by secularism, gays could prove to be religion’s last best hope.It’s a lesson I’ve learned keenly from personal experience. As a child, I read the Bible literally and decided I wanted to become a prophet when I grew up. I imagined tasting an actualRead More


God Save This Honorable Court

By Steven H. Goldberg

When the Supreme Court term opens October 3 with the familiar “God Save the United States and this Honorable Court,” the newest justice might in silence add, “from politicians, interest groups and media, all doing their best to ruin it.”The newest lawyer-turned-justice will be the survivor of a three-month politicalRead More


Washington Must Plan Today For Democratic Iran of Tomorrow

By Michael Rubin

Two weeks ago, obscure hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to victory in Iran’s run-off presidential election. In his first news conference as president-elect, he vowed to continue Iran’s nuclear program.“Today,” Ahmadinejad proclaimed, “we can say that nuclear technology is our right.”Read More


Whoso Sheddeth Man’s Blood, by Man Shall His Blood Be Shed

By Uri Dromi

One of the most gruesome scenes of the ongoing intifada happened right at its beginning. On October 12, 2000, Israeli military reservists Vadim Norzhich and Yosef Avrahami were beaten to death in a Ramallah police station. Their bodies were then thrown out of the window into the hands of a mob of Palestinians, who mutilatedRead More


A Word From the Pews

By Norman Levin

The news that the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Ismar Schorsch, has announced his plans to retire has naturally created a lot of attention in the seminary community.There is far less commotion within the lay community — and that is as it should be.Jews don’t have a pope whose presence or absence defines a principle or anRead More


The Making of a Leader

By Jacob Neusner

The Catholics got it right. They choose a pope in secret. They mourn the last pope, collect the cardinals in seclusion, and poof — black smoke, black smoke, white smoke. Then everyone goes back to work.But choosing a pope for a billion Catholics is one thing; choosing a chancellor for a million and a half Conservative Jews is another thingRead More


What If the Biblical Ruth Came to America?

By Arthur Waskow

If the biblical Ruth came to America today, what would happen? In the biblical story, Ruth was welcomed onto the fields of Boaz, where she gleaned what the regular harvesters had left behind. Boaz made sure that even this despised foreigner had a decent job at decent pay. When she went one night to the barn where the barleyRead More


Between Religious Equality and Liberty

By Marc Stern

Lawyers will be arguing for a long time about the practical effect of this week’s Supreme Court decisions in two cases related to the public display of the Ten Commandments. About the only thing that can be said with certainty is that the hope that the court would establish clear rules about religious displays to minimize divisive litigation hasRead More





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