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Too Young To March?

By Leonard Fein

Gingerly, even diffidently; in the form of a question, to lessen the sting: Is the March of the Living, now in its 17th year, which this month brought more than 20,000 young people from all over the world to Poland — yes, to the camps — is the March of the Living good for the Jews, or ought it be discarded?This is not a politic question toRead More


An Attempt To Arrest Our Alliance With Evangelicals

By David Klinghoffer

The lobbying scandal that may lead to the downfall of Republican House Majority Leader Tom DeLay — a conservative evangelical Christian purportedly sabotaged by his friendship with an Orthodox Jewish lobbyist, Jack Abramoff — is of interest for what it says about the value of honesty in the political and media elite.Abramoff is depicted as theRead More


Under the Veil of Iran’s Nuclear Aspirations

By Roya Hakakian

The Iran of May 2005 is, in some ways, looking very similar to the Iran of November 1979. Back then, when the American embassy in Tehran was seized by hardline university students, every other domestic issue was cast into oblivion. Nothing mattered more than the hostages. Nothing superseded the war with the “Great Satan.” The hostageRead More


One Last Shot At Two States

By Leonard Fein

Back then — “then” meaning 1967, in the immediate aftermath of the Six-Day War — all the talk about long-range solutions to the chronic Israel-Arab crisis involved a return of the West Bank to Jordan. The intention was to initiate an era of peace and security, and it seemed clear that one precondition for such a happy stateRead More


Looking for Sparks of Justice

By Kathleen Peratis

International justice has taken a pasting during the watch of this administration.In 2002, President Bush said, “We want the United Nations to be effective, and respectful, and successful. We want the resolutions of the world’s most important multilateral body to be enforced.” But this year he nominated John Bolton toRead More


When Risk-taking Becomes a Victim

By Joseph Hanania

Next week, the German people will inaugurate a Holocaust memorial of undulating concrete steles on five acres of prime Berlin real estate, just a stone’s throw from Hitler’s bunker. Perhaps it is time, then, for we Jews to also reevaluate our world view vis á vis the Holocaust.Yes, one third of our people were systematically murdered.Read More


Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Roman Kent

Auschwitz is much more than just a part of me — it is all of me. The same holds true for each and every survivor.As Holocaust Remembrance Day is commemorated this year on May 6, 60 years after the liberation of the camps, not too many of us are still alive. None of us is a youngster anymore.For many of us,Read More


Who Remembers the Armenians?

By Christine Thomassian and Shabtai Gold

Adolf Hitler was confident that the world would remain indifferent to the plight of the Jewish people he was planning to exterminate. After all, he reportedly told Nazi commanders before the outbreak of World War II, who remembers the Armenians?The answer to Hitler’s rhetorical question remained much the same as the 90th anniversary of theRead More


Social Research: Out From Under the Organizational Umbrella

By Bethamie Horowitz

Jewish social research, to judge by a series of recent developments, is shifting its base from the organizational world to the academy.Earlier this month, Michael Steinhardt, chairman of Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation, donated $12 million to establish the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University. TheRead More


How To Keep Politicians Honest, Courtesy of the British Electorate

By Julia Neuberger

From the Isle of Wight in the south to Leeds in the north, the Liberal Democrats seem to have captured the British public’s imagination. Long considered the United Kingdom’s “third party,” the Liberal Democrats are expected to pick up a number of seats in the general elections scheduled for May 5. The party’sRead More





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