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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


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


Getting Our Learn On

By Leonard Fein

Time out: With just weeks to go before the fateful election, which will at last put an (upside down?) exclamation point to the end of a campaign that has tested our capacity for sheer endurance, it is time (and then some) for a brief recess.Two catalogs arrived in the mail last week — one from the Lehrhaus Judaica, which describes itselfRead More


Security and Sanctuary

By Jerome Teller and Leonard Glickman

It has now been three years since the September 11 terrorist attacks. For us, as leaders of a Jewish agency that has served refugees and immigrants for 123 years, these have been very trying times. Clearly, we recognize the enormity of the attacks on that horrible day, as well as the ongoing danger to the United States from terrorists dedicated toRead More


Overcoming Israel’s Separation Anxiety

By Martin Van Creveld

As the year 5765 opens, for Israel the writing is on the wall. The country’s morale is being undermined; its resources are eaten up in a fruitless struggle. Since the beginning of the second Palestinian uprising four years ago, Israel’s economic position has deteriorated in comparison with other developed countries, and even compared with someRead More


Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

By Leonard Fein

In a debate the other night at the annual meeting of Cleveland’s Jewish Community Relations Council, Jeff Jacoby, The Boston Globe’s well-spoken conservative columnist, remarked that “Since 9/11, there’s been no 9/11.” That, he argued, is evidence that President Bush is doing a good job in defending the nation against terrorism andRead More


A Place for Politics in the Pulpit

By David Klinghoffer

I used to be one of those conservatives who bemoan political sermons from the pulpit. This was some years ago — starting when I was in high school and the rabbi at our Reform temple would spend his precious half hour after the High Holy Days fund-raising appeal browbeating the congregation about the perils of the arms race, nuclear winter (whichRead More


Sharon: Pathetic, Heroic, Villainous

By Leonard Fein

Will the real Ariel Sharon please stand up?Probably not. Indeed, it’s entirely possible that Sharon does not know which of his personae is the “real” one. There’s the pathetic Sharon, and the heroic Sharon, and the villainous Sharon — and just now, they seem to be in terminal competition with one another.Read More





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