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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


Washington Must Plan Today For Democratic Iran of Tomorrow

By Michael Rubin

Two weeks ago, obscure hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad swept to victory in Iran’s run-off presidential election. In his first news conference as president-elect, he vowed to continue Iran’s nuclear program.“Today,” Ahmadinejad proclaimed, “we can say that nuclear technology is our right.”Read More


The Making of a Leader

By Jacob Neusner

The Catholics got it right. They choose a pope in secret. They mourn the last pope, collect the cardinals in seclusion, and poof — black smoke, black smoke, white smoke. Then everyone goes back to work.But choosing a pope for a billion Catholics is one thing; choosing a chancellor for a million and a half Conservative Jews is another thingRead More


Whoso Sheddeth Man’s Blood, by Man Shall His Blood Be Shed

By Uri Dromi

One of the most gruesome scenes of the ongoing intifada happened right at its beginning. On October 12, 2000, Israeli military reservists Vadim Norzhich and Yosef Avrahami were beaten to death in a Ramallah police station. Their bodies were then thrown out of the window into the hands of a mob of Palestinians, who mutilatedRead More


A Word From the Pews

By Norman Levin

The news that the chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, Ismar Schorsch, has announced his plans to retire has naturally created a lot of attention in the seminary community.There is far less commotion within the lay community — and that is as it should be.Jews don’t have a pope whose presence or absence defines a principle or anRead More


Israel’s Tomorrow, Today

By Boris Sandler

More than that of any other country in the world, Israel’s fate is dependent on “tomorrow” — a tomorrow that comes closer day by day with the approach of August 15, the date set by Prime Minister Sharon to begin Israel’s planned withdrawal from Gaza.How does Israeli society look from afar during these critical days? Above all, split intoRead More


Looking ‘White,’ Thinking ‘Other’

By Bethamie Horowitz

‘Be a Jew in private and a human being in public.” This was the mantra with which a generation of American Jews was raised, and the idea was to keep the Jewish particulars to yourself and blend in to the American dream. But the quality of the American Jewish experience has changed in the past 50 years. For much of the last century,Read More


What If the Biblical Ruth Came to America?

By Arthur Waskow

If the biblical Ruth came to America today, what would happen? In the biblical story, Ruth was welcomed onto the fields of Boaz, where she gleaned what the regular harvesters had left behind. Boaz made sure that even this despised foreigner had a decent job at decent pay. When she went one night to the barn where the barleyRead More


Between Religious Equality and Liberty

By Marc Stern

Lawyers will be arguing for a long time about the practical effect of this week’s Supreme Court decisions in two cases related to the public display of the Ten Commandments. About the only thing that can be said with certainty is that the hope that the court would establish clear rules about religious displays to minimize divisive litigation hasRead More


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