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The ‘Availability’ Of Aptitude

By Leonard Fein

In 1873, Edward Clark, a Harvard physician, suggested that young women who engaged in “heavy mental activity” would wreck their reproductive system. “The results are monstrous brains and puny bodies… . The brain cannot take more than its share without injury to other organs.”What calls this to mind just now, obviously, is the flap overRead More


Looking Beyond Israel’s Withdrawal From Gaza...

By Lloyd Green

The Book of Judges records the death of Samson in Gaza. Bound to the columns of a Philistine temple, Samson brought the house down on himself and its occupants, crying, “Let me die with the Philistines.” In recent days, Samsonian recklessness and despair have again resurfaced in Gaza.Meet Yigal Kaminetsky, rabbi of the Gush Katif settlement inRead More


Looking Beyond Israel’s Withdrawal From Gaza...

By Amitai Etzioni

The headlines from the Middle East these days are full of optimism. Prime Minister Sharon and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have been all smiles since this month’s summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, and Sunday’s Israeli Cabinet approval of the Gaza disengagement plan is being taken as a major step toward finally ending the conflict.TheRead More


...And the Debate It Sparked Among American Jewish Advocates

By Eric Yoffie

Last year, Prime Minister Sharon put forward a plan to withdraw Jewish settlements from Gaza and the northern West Bank. His plan was approved by his government and was supported by nearly three-quarters of Israel’s citizens. It subsequently won the endorsement of the Bush administration, and clearly has the support of the great majorityRead More


...And the Debate It Sparked Among American Jewish Advocates

By James Tisch

Among his activities, uninformed criticism of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations appears to be one of Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s most frequent (“Confront the Extremists in Our Midst,” February 11). In his latest missive, his ignorance of the Presidents Conference’s statements of support forRead More


What Palestinians Need in Order To Believe in the Peace Process

By Mustafa Barghouti

Since a cease-fire was declared February 8 in Sharm el-Sheikh, the Palestinian people have demonstrated their desire to end the bloodshed with Israel. We have acknowledged that the security of Israeli and Palestinian civilians is a legitimate concern.Read More


A Word From Belfast

By Malachi O'Doherty

In Northern Ireland, as in many conflict zones, the outline of a final peace settlement is clear. When we are collectively ready for it, a group of well-meaning old enemies will work it out on the back of a postcard over lunch.A peace process is a corrupting and hypocritical business. It falls between two untenable options, being less bloodyRead More


Trembling Before Saying ‘God”

By Leonard Fein

God.There, I’ve said it. And I didn’t flinch.That’s the big divide, according to Frank Luntz, a Republican strategist who first came to prominence when he helped draft Newt Gingrich’s late and unlamented “Contract With America” back in 1994. Now Luntz is freely dispensing advice to Democrats in search of “values.” Or,Read More


Why We Must Raise the Alarm

By Abraham Foxman

In an opinion article in the February 5 issue of The New York Times, the national editor of the Forward argues that “it is time Jews recognize that the old strategies no longer work…. Jewish organizations and advocates of Israel fail to grasp that they are no longer viewed as the voice of the disenfranchised. Rather, they are seen as aRead More


Back to School On Education

By Leonard Fein

The big news in Jewish education these days is, of course, the dramatic expansion in day school enrollment. We are indebted to Marvin Schick and the Avi Chai Foundation for providing us the count as of the 2003-2004 school year: There were 759 schools and 205,035 students. For those of us in the non-Orthodox community, the growthRead More


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