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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


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


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


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


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





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