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A Tale Of Two Americas

By Cookie Lommel

I recently went searching for my grandmother’s long-forgotten gravesite. I left my home in Los Angeles for the heartland of Ohio, where I had grown up and where she was buried.After bureaucratic runarounds, I was finally directed to an overgrown cemetery. I found my grandmother’s gravesite but, like all the surrounding sites, it had beenRead More


Is Assimilation All That Bad?

By Bethamie Horowitz

In 1928, Louis Wirth published “The Ghetto,” a book whose title pointed to the importance of tangible corporate boundaries in the lives of Jews in Chicago. By the century’s end, the markers of identity had shifted from the physical and geographic expressions of social distance between Jews and “America” to a more inward, individualRead More


A Lesson in American Civics

By David Twersky

If Bill O’Reilly doesn’t like America’s tradition separating church and state, he should move to Ireland.Rutting for ratings, the host of Fox News’s “O’Reilly Factor” and talk radio’s “Radio Factor” has been “defending” Christmas against threats, real and imagined. Arguing over the claims of religion in the publicRead More


When Legislation Matches Our Best Impulses

By Simeon Kolko

This Monday marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment. This landmark legislation, which remains a stirring case study in the importance of human rights and moral idealism as an instrument of foreign policy, provided the impetus for the mass emigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union and helped propel the windsRead More


The Way We War

By Leonard Fein

Soon after World War II, when I was in my teens, I saw the film version of Erich Maria Remarque’s novel, “All Quiet on the Western Front.” The film, produced in 1930, is set during World War I. It was the first “anti-war” film of the sound era, and much as the war it depicted was trumpeted as “the war to end all wars,” the film wasRead More


Too Hot for San Diego

By James Goldsborough

Young Judea as a boy and his brother immigrated to Israel.Over a good bottle of Santa Ynez cabernet, I told him that President Bush was pandering to American Jews by blocking progress on an Israeli-Palestinian accord. Bush kowtows to Prime Minister Sharon, I said, blocking progress toward a settlement and a viable Palestinian state. Jews voted 4-1Read More


Less Than Reassuring Words at Columbia University

By Ralph Seliger

The question of whether an anti-Israel atmosphere exists at Columbia University, as alleged in recent news reports, will presumably be answered in an internal investigation. But it’s apparent from a recent event hosted at that Ivy League campus that pro-Israel views, regardless of ideological shading, are under seige.Columbia hosted a NovemberRead More


Spooked Agencies

By Yossi Alpher

The nature of a country’s intelligence gathering and military or paramilitary operations has to change in accordance with changing threats to its security. This seems to be a fairly sound national security principle. But as we have seen in recent months and years in both Israel and the United States, the conceptualization andRead More


Let the Voice Of Peace Be Heard

By Luis Lainer

Immediately after Yasser Arafat’s death, Prime Minister Sharon announced that his test for “exposing the true face” of the new Palestinian leaders would be an end to incitement against Israel in the Palestinian media and education system. The prime minister was correct to insist on an end to inflammatory messages emanating from PalestinianRead More


Question Time for Kean

By Ami Eden

Thomas Kean, the chairman of the 9/11 Commission, was on “Meet the Press” this past Sunday, taking queries from Tim Russert, one of the toughest questioners in network news. On December 8, anyone with some spare time (and a little luck) could win the chance to play anchorman, when Kean delivers a free, public lecture at theRead More





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