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Privatizing Hope

By Leonard Fein

Let’s start with the president’s Christmas message: In his radio address on Christmas Day, George W. Bush observed, correctly, that “Many of our fellow Americans still suffer from the effects of illness or poverty,” and then went on to say that “Christmastime reminds each of us that we have a duty to our fellow citizens.”I like that; IRead More


Airport Insecurity

By Jeffry Mallow

Ann is a 64-year-old grandmother with an artificial hip, and a 10-inch scar to prove it. The titanium in her prosthetic sets off metal detectors every time she passes through an airport. Ann presents a card from her physician attesting to the implant. The security officials ignore her card and single her out every time for a “secondaryRead More


Our Kids and the Workplace

By Kathleen Peratis

Thousands of children will go to work with their mothers or fathers on Ms. Magazine’s “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” in April. Most of the kids will spend the day in a white-collar enclave, the sort of place they may hope or expect to inhabit in four or eight or 10 years. But much sooner, many of them will be going to workRead More


A Yellow Cab Ride to Minsk

By Roseline Glazer

I got into the cab and sat back after telling the driver where I was going. Then I looked to see what country he came from, but the taxi driver’s face didn’t match what I thought was the Russian Jewish name on the license barely visible behind the clouded-glass partition.He was dark and unshaven. He had that surly kind of feel,Read More


Searching for the Next Herzl

By Leonard Fein

The funeral took place in Vienna on July 7, 1904. The stunning announcement had come three days earlier: Theodor Herzl, dead at age 44.Here is Stefan Zweig’s description of the day, as quoted by Ernst Pawel in “The Labyrinth of Exile, A Life of Theodor Herzl”: “A strange day it was, a day in July, unforgettable to all who were there to seeRead More


A Former Atheist Gives Us a Reason To Believe

By David Klinghoffer

Did you ever ask yourself why God bothered to make Jews? Why did He take the trouble to create us as a people apart, with all the special rules the Torah mandates — eating only kosher food, observing the Sabbath and so on — with their obvious intention of keeping the Jewish people distinct from others?The Bible gives an answer. It suggestsRead More


The Case of Jacob Goldberg v. Father Christmas

By Adam Grace

Plaintiff’s Attorney: Sir, it says here that you deliver toys to ALL the good boys and girls. Is that correct?Claus: Yes, but it’s not like it’s a contract. It’s just…Plaintiff’s Attorney: It does use the word “ALL” doesn’t it?Claus: Yes, it does.Plaintiff’s Attorney: In fact, you don’t actually deliver toys to all the goodRead More


A Tale Of Two Americas

By Cookie Lommel

I recently went searching for my grandmother’s long-forgotten gravesite. I left my home in Los Angeles for the heartland of Ohio, where I had grown up and where she was buried.After bureaucratic runarounds, I was finally directed to an overgrown cemetery. I found my grandmother’s gravesite but, like all the surrounding sites, it had beenRead More


Representative... of Big Industry

By Gus Tyler

After 24 years as a prominent member of the House of Representatives, Billy Tauzin left for what was another and much more lucrative job. However, the underlying truth is that he did not change his true job at all. While in Congress, he represented the pharmaceutical industry sub rosa, and now he will represent the same industry — in full viewRead More


Is Assimilation All That Bad?

By Bethamie Horowitz

In 1928, Louis Wirth published “The Ghetto,” a book whose title pointed to the importance of tangible corporate boundaries in the lives of Jews in Chicago. By the century’s end, the markers of identity had shifted from the physical and geographic expressions of social distance between Jews and “America” to a more inward, individualRead More





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