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When a War of Words Becomes More Than Just Semantics

By Douglas Kahn

Some of my best friends are skewish.Israel’s ideological detractors have long sought to skew public debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by using particularly loaded terms to describe the Jewish state’s actions. But now, in listening to discussions about Israel’s new barrier, it is becoming clear that the transmitting of unfairRead More


And the Oscar Doesn’t Go To...

By Kevin Doyle

With the DVD release of “The Passion of the Christ” on August 31, Mel Gibson will certainly make money. If he chooses, though, he also can use the occasion to make some interfaith peace. He can withdraw “The Passion” from Oscar consideration, thereby preempting a new round of acrimony at Academy Award time.Despite its foreign shootRead More


The Dumbing Down Of Communal Identity

By Bethamie Horowitz

The call for “Jewish continuity,” sounded by American Jewish communal leaders more than a decade ago as an antidote to rising intermarriage rates and other signs of weakening identity has spawned a veritable industry aimed at making American Jews more Jewish. There has been an ever-more impressive array of endeavors to promote day schools,Read More


The Sinking Ship And a Swift Boat

By Leonard Fein

Can farce be brilliant? If so, the Bush campaign’s current production merits rave reviews.Read More


Amend International Law To Allow Preemptive Strike on Iran

By Alan M. Dershowitz

Intelligence reports about Iran’s capacity to produce nuclear weapons aimed at Israel are becoming ominous. Unless diplomatic pressure causes the Iranian mullahs to stop the project, Iran may be ready to deliver nuclear bombs against Israeli civilian targets within a few short years. Some Iranian leaders, such as former president HashemiRead More


We Are All Pagans Now

By David Klinghoffer

The return of the Olympic games to Greece, where they originated as a pagan festival honoring the king of the gods, Olympian Zeus, has had neo-pagans all worked up and excited. The games, which got started in 776 B.C., were banned by the Christian emperor Theodosius in 393 BCE on the grounds that they were an offense to the God of biblicalRead More


When Time Isn’t on Israel’s Side

By Leonard Fein

Some 20 years ago, Ehud Olmert — now deputy prime minister of Israel, recently mayor of Jerusalem, back then a rising star in Israel’s right-wing firmament — was among the principal speakers at a United Jewish Appeal event in Silverado, a lovely retreat center in northern California. One day, the two of us took a long walk, during which weRead More


An Intelligent Choice to Lead The New CIA?

By Elliot Goldenberg

I have never met Republican Rep. Porter Goss, nor have I ever spoken with him. Still, as the author of two books on convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, the fact that Goss could be the new director of the CIA gives great me cause for concern.First of all, let me say that I am not a Bush-basher. In fact, even though I’m aRead More


Arab Misunderstanding of Israel Moves From the Center to the Periphery

By Yossi Alpher

Sudanese Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail recently accused Israel of fomenting the violence in Darfur from its “base” in… Eritrea. Evidently he was undeterred by the 600 miles of inhospitable desert that Tel Aviv’s intrepid agents would have had to negotiate between Eritrea on Sudan’s east and Darfur in the country’s west. Or, forRead More


Loathe the One You’re With

By Leonard Fein

Remember the mood just six or eight months ago? President Bush seemed like a sure winner in his bid for re-election. Howard Dean was all the rage, with his unprecedented and extraordinarily successful fund raising via the Internet and his blunt challenge to the incumbent — but hardly anyone thought that in a Dean-BushRead More





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