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The Conservative Movement’s Double Standard

By Ayelet Cohen

For more than a decade, the Conservative movement has proclaimed its welcoming attitudes toward gay and lesbian Jews. As evidence, Conservative leaders have often cited the movement’s 1992 “Consensus Statement,” which affirms that “gays and lesbians are welcome in our congregations, youth groups, camps and schools.”They neglectRead More


The Old Arab Pecking Order, Turned Upside Down in Iraq

By Yossi Alpher

The Iraqi elections almost certainly created a government dominated by the country’s Shi’ite majority. For the first time in Iraq’s history, and the first time in several hundred years in the Arab world, an Arab state will be ruled by representatives of Shi’ite Islam, the same minority branch of Islam that rules Iran and is historically inRead More


Antisemitism Goes Public in Russia

By Mark B. Levin

Hate crimes flourish in darkness. To name them and inform the public of their prevalence is the first step in shining a light. Natan Sharansky’s recent opinion article on this page describes how “classical” antisemitism used to be “easy to recognize,” “not only vulgar and illegal, but socially unacceptable throughout the freeRead More


A Light Unto the United Nations... And Israel

By Roger Zakheim

On January 24, the United Nations General Assembly held a special session commemorating the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps. Member states gathered in New York to recall how the world failed to prevent the most sadistic and maniacal element of Hitler’s war machine.But that is not all that was recalled. In the shadow ofRead More


Encourage ‘Ownership’ and Save Social Security

By Rachel Siegel

The very first monthly Social Security check was sent out in January 1940 to Ida Mae Fuller, of Ludlow, Vermont, age 65. After paying Social Security taxes for three years, since the program began on January 1, 1937, Fuller collected Social Security benefits for 35 years until her death in 1975, at age 100.The first Social SecurityRead More


Silence in the Face of Torture

By Kathleen Peratis

Just before Alberto Gonzales’s testimony at his January confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, one wag noted, “Mr. Gonzales has directed members of his staff to revise the White House definition of torture to include torture.”Witty, but painful.In his prepared remarks, Gonzales said, “America stands against andRead More


Give Them Liberty or...

By Leonard Fein

In the peroration of his inaugural speech, President Bush made explicit the scope of his ambition: “When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, ‘It rang as if it meant something.’ In our time it means something still. America, in this youngRead More


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


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