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Prostituting the Constitution

By Kathleen Peratis

Let’s say you run an agency administering governmental disaster relief funds and, after a big hurricane, you are told you no longer will be permitted to administer funds unless you publicly announce that you are opposed to gay marriage — whether or not you actually oppose it, whether or not you even have an opinion. Far fetched? Absurd? AnRead More


Breaching ‘The Breaking Point

By Antoine Halff

The recent oil rally and record-high prices have sprouted a thriving cottage industry of energy millenarians — doomsayers warning that oil production has peaked and that a toxic mix of soaring demand and plummeting reserves is leading the world on a global collision course toward the “End of Oil.” That such predictions have been repeatedlyRead More


License With Language

By Leonard Fein

No, Dikla, this was not a pogrom.The reference is to Dikla Cohen, whose photograph being escorted out of her home in Gush Katif appeared on page 1, above the fold, of The New York Times of August 18. In the caption beneath the photo, she is quoted as saying, “I feel today was a pogrom.”But in fact it was nothing like a pogrom, and itRead More


Gloom and Doom, Yet We Bloom

By Leonard Fein

The highest temperature ever recorded anywhere was at Tirat Tzvi, in Israel, on June 12, 1942, when the thermometer reached 129 degrees Fahrenheit. By comparison, the 100-plus temperatures recorded this week at the Kissufim crossing — the way from Israel proper to Gush Katif, in Gaza — though higher than usual, are not all thatRead More


Homes and Borders

By J.J. Goldberg

In the hot desert scrub of southern Gaza this week, in scenes broadcast around the world, Israelis who were losing their homes to a government policy they thought cruel confronted soldiers executing that policy and begged for some miracle to change history.The miracle did not come, but the settlers’ sacrifice seared the hearts of onlookers —Read More


A Picture Of Heroism and Hate

By Tad Daley

I always try to go to Mass on the anniversary of my mother’s untimely death 26 long years ago. But this year I decided to do something of a different spiritual significance. I attended the “Liberation!” exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance here in Los Angeles — photos and footage and objects from the moments in the spring of 1945Read More


Mideast Peace Requires Withdrawal From Unilateralism

By Daoud Kuttab

As much as some Palestinian groups would like to claim that Israel’s unilateral disengagement from Gaza this week is a direct result of their military actions, the majority of Palestinians don’t buy into such a simplistic narrative. Nor, however, is the withdrawal a product of what we believed to be the alternative path to liberationRead More


The Conscription Prescription

By Yossi Alpher

The Israeli military draws its manpower from universal conscription. Actually, conscription in Israel is no longer truly universal — large numbers of ultra-Orthodox are exempted, along with any woman declaring herself religious and a percentage of youth judged unfit for service — but it probably comes as close to universality as any army. InRead More


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


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