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Torturous Silence

By Leonard Fein

There are times he speaks with genuine passion, this president of ours. That’s what he did on the video he sent to the meeting of anti-Castro protesters in Cuba the other day, as also when he pledged to veto any bill that Congress might send to him calling for fetal stem-cell research.But there was no way to read passion into his voice when,Read More


Stem-cell Funds Key to Health of Scientific Progress

By June Walker

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the most critical legislation to impact medical research in the 21st century. With more than 200 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, the landmark Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act not only advances science but ushers in a new era of bipartisan collaboration in the nameRead More


The Israeli Foreign Disservice

By Jordan Nodel

Before the current row between Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Daniel Ayalon, is dismissed as just another political sideshow, Jerusalem should understand that with the job of a successful ambassador in question, the continuity of Israeli-American relations is at stake.Having worked withRead More


A Tradition of Questioning Tradition

By Bethamie Horowitz

Despite the classic worries that American Jews are evaporating into America at a rapid pace, a study recently issued by the American Jewish Committee gives an indication of just how distinctive Jews have remained here in the great melting pot.The report, by Tom Smith of the National Opinion Research Center, reveals that Jews are older,Read More


Monitoring The Monitor

By Leonard Fein

One of the more active sideshows of our time is the tangle of new organizations devoted to uncovering and broadcasting what they see as “the truth.” Now that the Internet has radically simplified the work and lowered the cost of getting such messages out, it seems a wonder that there’s room in cyberspace for all the information that each dayRead More


Teach Children Nonprofit Literacy

By Susan Grinel

As a community and as parents, we’re passionate about teaching our children such values as charity and loving kindness. Today it’s practically de rigueur for Jewish 13-year-olds to take on a charity project as part of becoming a bar or bat mitzvah — and among American teenagers as a whole, volunteerism has gone way up.While theseRead More


As Israel Turns 57, New Fights Displace Old War Mentality

By Yossi Alpher

Let’s take a moment, as Israel marches into its 58th and perhaps most challenging year, to ponder the Jewish state’s evolving strategic interests.First and perhaps most significantly, the perception is gradually sinking in that, for the foreseeable future, conventional military attacks on Israel are a thing of the past. The last conventionalRead More


Sharon’s Disengagement From Democracy

By Yisrael Medad

This summer, Israel will withdraw its troops from Gaza and the northern West Bank and remove the 9,000 Jewish civilians who call those places home. While much has been written about Prime Minister Sharon’s disengagement process already, it is worth revisiting how this ill-advised decision was taken, for it holds a very real and threateningRead 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


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