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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


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


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


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


A Lesson in American Civics

By David Twersky

If Bill O’Reilly doesn’t like America’s tradition separating church and state, he should move to Ireland.Rutting for ratings, the host of Fox News’s “O’Reilly Factor” and talk radio’s “Radio Factor” has been “defending” Christmas against threats, real and imagined. Arguing over the claims of religion in the publicRead More


When Legislation Matches Our Best Impulses

By Simeon Kolko

This Monday marks the 30th anniversary of the passage of the Jackson-Vanik Amendment. This landmark legislation, which remains a stirring case study in the importance of human rights and moral idealism as an instrument of foreign policy, provided the impetus for the mass emigration of Jews from the former Soviet Union and helped propel the windsRead More


Less Than Reassuring Words at Columbia University

By Ralph Seliger

The question of whether an anti-Israel atmosphere exists at Columbia University, as alleged in recent news reports, will presumably be answered in an internal investigation. But it’s apparent from a recent event hosted at that Ivy League campus that pro-Israel views, regardless of ideological shading, are under seige.Columbia hosted a NovemberRead More


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