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Putting Politics Back Into Service

By Jane Eisner

Two years ago, my oldest daughter volunteered as a full-time teacher’s aide in a public elementary school in Philadelphia. Then a senior at a Jewish day school, she was fulfilling her graduation requirement for community service and, I’d like to think, fulfilling her civic obligation to serve.The school was just a few milesRead More


When Evil Speaks the Truth

By Yossi Alpher

Remember Tareq Aziz, the senior official in Saddam Hussein’s regime who frequently spoke on its behalf to Western audiences? He will soon stand trial in Baghdad, alongside Saddam and other former henchmen. As a mouthpiece for the most brutal regime anywhere in recent history, he deserves no pity.But consider this: He frequently spoke the plainRead More


Bearing Freedom

By Leonard Fein

There are some who contend that the principal difference between President Bush and Senator John Kerry is that one is moved by ethics and ideology, the other by process and pragmatism. In the first of their debates, for example, the president, it is said, laid down an ethical and ideological marker: This war, our war in Iraq, is about freedom.Read More


When Victory Is No Victory at All

By Ofer Shelah

It is typical of the prolonged, ambiguous war between Israel and the Palestinians that no one can really say who prevails at a certain point in time. To some strategists, the important issue is who appears to be winning. “Let us project victory,” was the sound advice given once by Brigadier General Eival Gilady, former headRead More


Helping Afghans Fight for Themselves

By James Phillips

Afghanistan, already a major front in the war on terrorism, now has also become an important front in the American presidential campaign. Senator John Kerry has charged that the Bush administration made a huge mistake in the war against terrorism by diverting military forces from Afghanistan to Iraq. “Iraq is not even the center of the focusRead More


Among the Villagers of Le Chambon

By Pierre Sauvage

As the Holocaust loomed, a few Jews made their way to the area of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in the mountains of south-central France, 350 miles south of Paris. And the peasants and villagers took in the Jews who came. And the Jews kept coming. And the people kept taking them in. In this one speck of France that never ceased to be free, 5,000Read More


Generational Irresponsibility Of Epic Proportions

By Harry Zeeve

Imagine if a candidate for office promised to introduce legislation called “The Social Security Do Nothing Plan.” Under this bill, promised retirement benefits would be cut by 16% for today’s 30-year-olds, by 29% for today’s 20-year-olds and by 35% for today’s newborns. Alternatively, payroll taxes would go up suddenly by 34%Read More


A Muse for Philip Roth

By Bethamie Horowitz

Most of the speculation about how American Jews will vote in November has been about the Bush-Kerry contest, without much consideration as to the issues that are motivating American Jews one way or another.With only a month until the elections, the findings from two new studies — the Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion, conducted inRead More


A Settler’s Call For National Unity

By Shlomo Riskin

As the rabbi of one of the largest settlements in Judea, the municipality of Efrat, I identify closely with the settler community. I believe that when the history of this period is written, the various settlements of Judea and Samaria — peopled in the main by very idealistic, Zionistic and non-materialistic Jews — will be seen as oneRead More


Badgering Honor

By Kathleen Peratis

Such a fuss! The Republicans set out to rob John Kerry of his heroism, and it appears that in the public mind, they have succeeded. Now, when we read of the senator’s Vietnam heroism, or lack thereof, it is usually juxtaposed against President Bush’s service, or failure to serve, in the National Guard.The score? A scoreless tie, maybe;Read More





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