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The Nature of Being Ashkenazic

By Robert Pollack

We Jews call ourselves a family, and in many ways — for better and for worse — we act as if we were. We continue to preserve common laws, habits, language, texts and historical memories, as well as the belief that all of these are the gifts of an unknowable Deity who began our place in history by exchanging covenantal promises with ourRead More


Are We Being Fair to Messianic Jews?

By David Klinghoffer

When you write a book called “Why the Jews Rejected Jesus” and make your e-mail address available on a Web site bearing your name, as I’ve done, you are going to get a lot of e-mail from strangers. Some of it will be friendly, some hostile and some just heartbreaking. In the last category, I place the many communications I’ve received fromRead More


Matters of Distinction

By Leonard Fein

One of the signal contributions of the American Jewish Committee, over many years now, has been its stream of publications reporting on and analyzing our community. Its annual “American Jewish Yearbook” has long been a staple in Jewish libraries; as David Harris wrote in his foreword to Volume 100, which appeared in theRead More


The Price of Multi-payer Health Care

By Kathleen Peratis

A memorable moment in the 1997 movie “As Good As It Gets” comes when the protagonist played by Helen Hunt, a hard-working waitress and mother of an asthmatic little boy, loses it when she learns that her health insurer will not pay for a doctor-advised diagnostic test. She explodes: “Those f—king HMO bastard pieces of s—t.” TheRead More


Work To Create Communal Careers

By Shaul Kelner and Leonard Saxe

Across America, graduates are once again marching across university lawns and out into the work world. As the class of 2005 enters the labor market, Jewish organizations are hoping that more than a few will choose to work for them.From local synagogues to national agencies, Jewish communal work is a multi-billion dollar sector of theRead More


Torturous Silence

By Leonard Fein

There are times he speaks with genuine passion, this president of ours. That’s what he did on the video he sent to the meeting of anti-Castro protesters in Cuba the other day, as also when he pledged to veto any bill that Congress might send to him calling for fetal stem-cell research.But there was no way to read passion into his voice when,Read More


Stem-cell Funds Key to Health of Scientific Progress

By June Walker

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the most critical legislation to impact medical research in the 21st century. With more than 200 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, the landmark Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act not only advances science but ushers in a new era of bipartisan collaboration in the nameRead More


The Israeli Foreign Disservice

By Jordan Nodel

Before the current row between Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Daniel Ayalon, is dismissed as just another political sideshow, Jerusalem should understand that with the job of a successful ambassador in question, the continuity of Israeli-American relations is at stake.Having worked withRead More


A Tradition of Questioning Tradition

By Bethamie Horowitz

Despite the classic worries that American Jews are evaporating into America at a rapid pace, a study recently issued by the American Jewish Committee gives an indication of just how distinctive Jews have remained here in the great melting pot.The report, by Tom Smith of the National Opinion Research Center, reveals that Jews are older,Read More


Teach Children Nonprofit Literacy

By Susan Grinel

As a community and as parents, we’re passionate about teaching our children such values as charity and loving kindness. Today it’s practically de rigueur for Jewish 13-year-olds to take on a charity project as part of becoming a bar or bat mitzvah — and among American teenagers as a whole, volunteerism has gone way up.While theseRead More


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