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How To Keep Politicians Honest, Courtesy of the British Electorate

By Julia Neuberger

From the Isle of Wight in the south to Leeds in the north, the Liberal Democrats seem to have captured the British public’s imagination. Long considered the United Kingdom’s “third party,” the Liberal Democrats are expected to pick up a number of seats in the general elections scheduled for May 5. The party’sRead More


Remembering Tomorrow

By Leonard Fein

Memory, as the scholar Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi once elegantly taught us, is different from history. History is, as far as we can make it so, a record of what happened. True, anything that happens is susceptible to a variety of interpretations, and the Sergeant Friday approach to history — “Just the facts, Ma’am” — is hardly anRead More


Why This Week Shouldn’t Be Different From Others

By Brad Hirschfield

Last Saturday night, American Jews, their friends and their families sat down to the most widely observed tradition in our community, the Passover Seder. Like most rabbis, I am always happy to see people engaged with Jewish practice. But unless the practices and rituals that mark the celebrations and sacred moments of the collective calendar shapeRead More


Who Remembers the Armenians?

By Christine Thomassian and Shabtai Gold

Adolf Hitler was confident that the world would remain indifferent to the plight of the Jewish people he was planning to exterminate. After all, he reportedly told Nazi commanders before the outbreak of World War II, who remembers the Armenians?The answer to Hitler’s rhetorical question remained much the same as the 90th anniversary of theRead More


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


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