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The Promise of a Republican New Deal

By Marshall Breger

History suggests that most second-term presidents muddle through their last four years. George W. Bush, however, should not be expected to be such a lame-duck leader. As he himself has told us, “the president has got to set big agenda items and solve big problems.” Indeed, he is pursuing a transformative agenda for the country, one that willRead More


The Endangered Coalition of Decency

By David Saperstein

The conservative victories in the narrowly decided 2004 election might well lead to sweeping domestic policy changes that could unravel some of the most important achievements of 20th-century America. In at least two key areas, it will do so in ways inimical to Jewish values and Jewish interests.America’s Jews did not move from the peripheryRead More


I Remember

By Elie Wiesel

At a certain point in time and by all accounts, Hitler’s Germany already had lost the war. But that didn’t keep Germany from pursuing its program for our elimination.In the beginning, once plunged into the abyss of Auschwitz, where dying was the norm and living the miracle, I was convinced that I would never leave alive. I didn’t dare say itRead More


Other People’s Money

By Jill Jacobs and Noah Leavitt

As we move forward into the New Year, one thing that hasn’t changed along with our calendars is the fact that many municipal governments remain in a state of fiscal crisis.Desperate for new ways of raising revenue, cities are increasingly looking at legalized gambling as an attractive option for shoring up municipal coffers. In theRead More


Antisemitism in 3-D

By Natan Sharansky

Why is it so very difficult to combat the “new antisemitism”?To modern eyes, classical antisemitism is easy to recognize. Films showing Jews draining the blood of gentile children or plotting to take over the world are clearly antisemitic, and are not only vulgar and illegal, but socially unacceptable throughout the free world.Movies on suchRead More


From Memory to History

By Marek Halter

I did not go to Auschwitz. I did not go to Majdanek or Treblinka, or to any other Nazi extermination camp. I remember only the skeletal children agonizing on the sidewalks of the Warsaw Ghetto, their stomachs swelled by hunger.I only discovered Auschwitz later, after the war. I went there with my parents, like you visit the grave of someone veryRead More


Abdicating Our Priestly Duties

By David Klinghoffer

It’s tempting to let last week’s Prince Harry Nazi-uniform episode pass from memory as a moment of meaningless comedy. Tempting but wrong, and not for the reason you may think.Twenty-year-old Harry, third in line for the British throne, attended a costume bash dressed in a khaki military shirt and swastika armband. He was photographed inRead More


The Fischer Gambit

By J.J. Goldberg

Of all the political surprises in Jerusalem this week, none shocked Israelis more than the government’s choice of an American economist, Stanley Fischer, a vice president at Citigroup, as the next governor of the Bank of Israel. The job, equivalent to Federal Reserve chief, is the second-most powerful post in the Israel economy after financeRead More


Ariel Sharon: Man of Mystery

By Leonard Fein

Prime Minister Sharon and his colleagues in Israel’s newly patched-together government now repeat, mantra-like, that the road map must be followed to its letter. Let us not look this gift horse too closely in the mouth; let us not dwell on that fact that when the road map was first put forward, in April of 2003, Sharon’s response to it — howRead More


Sanctifying Insubordination

By Norman Lamm

Recently, the Israel Defense Forces dismissed a number of officers who, for religious reasons, signed a letter declaring that they would refuse to evacuate settlers from the Gaza Strip and some areas of the West Bank. This is most distressing, especially for Orthodox Jews, and most especially for Orthodox Jews who are Zionists or are sympatheticRead More





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