Forward Forum


A Thought for Pervez Musharraf

We therefore offer several suggestions as co-explorers of the difficult trails of Muslim-Jewish dialogue.Reflecting the issues of deepest concern in our respective communities, there are several points that Jews would like to hear about from a Muslim leader and others that they need to hear.First, Jews would like an unambiguous statementRead More


Disastrous Leadership

It was as though the administration was in a bubble as millions of Americans watched and immediately understood the enormity of this national disaster.Unfortunately, Floridians have seen this denial before. As FEMA handed out more than $30 million to residents of Miami-Dade County who had made fraudulent claims after Hurricane Frances last year,Read More


No Sunshine Patriots We

By Leonard Fein

Every now and then, it is useful to return to basics. With regard to Israel, and more particularly with regard to how we might respond to young people who wonder why they should care about what happens there, this seems to be one of those times. We are in a kind of holding pattern; one might call it “between disengagements,” after Gaza andRead More


The Wrong Answer to the Iraq War

By Arthur Waskow

If you are a Jew who believes that the American government’s invasion and occupation of Iraq has been a terrible ethical and practical misdeed, you now find yourself walking amid landmines.There is a broad spectrum of organizations that opposed the invasion of Iraq and is working to end the American military presence there. Many of theseRead More


Real Realism on Intermarriage

By Jack Wertheimer and Steven Bayme

Building on a new study of Jewish identity among the children of intermarriage, the Forward editorialized about the alleged failings of the organized Jewish community. In its July 8 editorial, “Welcoming the New Jews” — i.e. the offspring of mixed marriages — the Forward declared: “The Jewish community needs to come to terms with theRead More


The Invisible Become Visible

By Leonard Fein

All the wellsprings of the great deep burst And the casements of the heavens were opened. (Genesis 7:11)

In New Orleans, the order was reversed: First it was the casements of the heavens that were opened, and only then did the wellsprings of the great deep burst. “A flood of Biblical proportions,” many peopleRead More


Bridging the Post-Gaza Divide

By Ruth Gavison

Now that Israel has completed its evacuation of settlements in Gaza and the northern West Bank, many uncertainties that plagued us for the past several months have been resolved. The Israeli government showed that it could successfully implement its disengagement policy in the face of tumultuous public protests. And it did so with remarkableRead More


Bigger Than Brad and Jen

By David Klinghoffer

We’ve come a long way from “The Scarlet Letter.” What’s left of the gravity that once surrounded the Seventh Commandment, prohibiting adultery, could be observed in the news sensation of the past couple of weeks. No, I don’t mean the pullout from Gaza. I mean Brad Pitt’s pullout from his marriage to Jennifer Aniston, coincidingRead More


Is Roberts a Lemon?

By Ami Eden

The battle over Supreme Court nominee John Roberts is coming to a head, and though the deck is stacked against them, his liberal critics seem ready for a nasty fight to the finish. As Ori Nir reports on Page 1, one liberal advocacy group, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, issued a 19-page report Monday warning that theRead More


A Light Unto the Nations

By Mara Rudman

‘Jews don’t evacuate Jews” was the slogan on the orange bumper stickers affixed to cars, waved about on banners that crowded the landscape, and shouted by protesters as we drove back into Jerusalem on August 18, after a long day in the Gaza Strip.I asked my Palestinian driver, a longtime Jerusalem resident, to tell me what the Hebrew wordsRead More


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