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Bush’s Budget Runs Up a Moral Deficit

By Isaac Shapiro and John Springer

Congress just started work on the 2006 federal budget, and the sound you hear coming from Washington is the other shoe dropping.The first shoe was the large tax cuts Congress and President Bush enacted in 2001 and 2003, which helped push federal revenues down to their lowest level since the 1950s when measured as a share of the economy. The secondRead More


The Paper That Rewrote Catholic-Jewish Relations

By David Rosen

Forty years ago, the Catholic Church revolutionized attitudes within the Christian world toward Jews and Judaism with the declaration known as Nostra Aetate, a document that emerged from the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.Prior to this document, the perception that had prevailed within the Christian world over the centuries was thatRead More


The Evolving Involvement of American Jews

By Bethamie Horowitz

An essay by a newly Orthodox Jewish writer provoked plenty of ire not so long ago, when she criticized the fictional characters created by various authors whom she said had “renounced Orthodox Judaism.” Leaving aside questions about her literary judgment, what intrigued me was the writer’s own new-found religion, pointing as it does toRead More


My Self-imposed Exile From Israel

By Emily Hauser

I am not always welcome in Jewish circles here in Chicago.A handful of people won’t talk to me; some won’t even look at my children. I was told by one Jewish communal official that I’ve supplied weapons to the enemy, and a prominent member of my community accused me, in a letter sent to dozens of people, of stabbing Israel in the back.Read More


An Island of Empowerment

By Kathleen Peratis

From the air, the many islands off the Andaman Sea coast of southern Thailand’s Trang Province look like Shangri-La: luxuriantly green, white beaches, aqua sea. Last week I visited the small village of Koh Muuk on one of them, Muuk Island.Early and misleading reports following the tsunami of December 26 — a date referred to there as we referRead More


If It’s Saturday, This Must Be America

By David Klinghoffer

Of the Ten Commandments, the Fourth — Sabbath observance — had until recently received less respect than any of the other nine, among Jews and Christians alike. One joker has called it “the Rodney Dangerfield of the Decalogue.” America, however, is due for a Sabbath revival, and there is evidence in the culture that oneRead More


The Struggle To Reinvigorate The Zionist Ethos

By Moshe Dann

As the Israeli government moves to eliminate the Jewish presence in Gaza and in four settlements in northern Shomron, opponents of its plan would do well to keep things in perspective. The battle is not over homes and hothouses; it is over the hearts and minds of our brothers and sisters. Even if we lose the battle for Gush Katif, we will not haveRead More


When Academic Freedom Is Kicked Out of Class

By Alisa Solomon

New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein should pay a visit to the City University of New York Graduate Center this week to see a telling and chillingly timely exhibit called “Activism and Repression: The Struggle for Free Speech at CCNY, 1931-42,” which closes March 6. Contemplating this chronicle of shameful blacklists againstRead More


Discard the Outmoded Taboo Against ‘Evenhandedness’

By Dan Fleshler

In responding to recent Republican ads that linked Democratic National Committee Chair Howard Dean to masked terrorists, Jewish Democratic leaders justifiably criticized gutter politics and cited pro-Israel statements from Dean. But they also should have refuted the assumption implicit in those ads — namely, that those who advocateRead More


Looking Beyond Israel’s Withdrawal From Gaza...

By Lloyd Green

The Book of Judges records the death of Samson in Gaza. Bound to the columns of a Philistine temple, Samson brought the house down on himself and its occupants, crying, “Let me die with the Philistines.” In recent days, Samsonian recklessness and despair have again resurfaced in Gaza.Meet Yigal Kaminetsky, rabbi of the Gush Katif settlement inRead More





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