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Social Research: Out From Under the Organizational Umbrella

By Bethamie Horowitz

Jewish social research, to judge by a series of recent developments, is shifting its base from the organizational world to the academy.Earlier this month, Michael Steinhardt, chairman of Jewish Life Network/Steinhardt Foundation, donated $12 million to establish the Steinhardt Social Research Institute at Brandeis University. TheRead More


Crossing to The Promised Land

By Leonard Fein

Passover is on my mind. Some language — and some ideas — for the Seder:1. Each cup we raise tonight is an act of memory and of reverence. The story we tell, this year as every year, is not yet done. It begins with them, then; it continues with us, now. We remember not out of curiosity or nostalgia, but because it is our turn to addRead More


Thou Shalt Not Revile the Judges

By Arthur Waskow

Several politicians have spent the past month insulting my religious beliefs and the religious beliefs of millions of Americans. What’s far worse, they are trying to impose their own religion on us by imposing it on lifetime federal judges.No, they didn’t call for the outlawing of Judaism or Unitarianism or Methodism. But they are tryingRead More


Albert Einstein’s Forgotten Legacy

By Ze’ev Rosenkranz

This year there are countless conferences, exhibitions and publications dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s annus mirabilis, the miracle year in which he revolutionized our concepts of time, space, energy and matter. But since his death 50 years ago this week, scant attention has been paid to his political andRead More


The Four Questions of the Peace Process

By Yossi Alpher

Disengagement is going to happen this summer. That is now the working assumption of most observers and practitioners. Even the settlers, the “victims” of disengagement, are increasingly recognizing the inevitable and are correspondingly adjusting their opposition tactics toward merely making the experience as unpleasant as possible. InRead More


The Goal of Equality

By Uri Dromi

Whenever I want to have a sense of what’s going on with Israeli Arabs, I take a ride with Zachariah, my favorite taxi driver.Zachariah lives in Beit Nakuba, a village on the main road to Jerusalem. In 1948 his parents made a strategic decision not to fight the Jews. It was a decision they never regretted. While other villagers fled andRead More


Buds of Hope, Unblossomed

By Leonard Fein

Passover nears, and perhaps this time the winter has really passed. There are some early buds of a late-blooming hope. That hasn’t been so for a while now, so — without letting ourselves be carried away — let us allow ourselves to hope.First, there is the promised withdrawal from Gaza. It has yet to happen, and many concerns attend it. TheRead More


In Body Politic, but Not in Spirit

By David Klinghoffer

Reverend Jim Wallis, editor of the idiosyncratically Christian journal Sojourners, has spent the past 30-plus years advocating what he calls “a progressive and prophetic vision of faith and politics.” His latest book, “God’s Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong,” has struck a chord, spending 11 weeks so far on The New York Times’sRead More


What Feminism Can Teach Jewish Organizations

By Rona Shapiro

In a world in which Lawrence Summers can impugn the genetic capacity of women to excel in math and science and otherwise reasonable people suggest that he might be right, it should come as no surprise that women working in Jewish communal agencies continue to run up against a glass ceiling. But what may come as a surprise is that despite theRead More


Elections Do Not a Democracy Make

By Kenneth Stein

It may be the fondest wish of many outside the Middle East — and much more importantly, the wish of those who reside in the region — to move toward democratic freedoms, but wanting it and doing it are entirely different matters.Claiming that democracy is on the march does not make it so. It is more than throwing money at a problem, shapingRead More





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