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Freed From Shackles of the Past, Europe Forges a Unified Future

By Nils Muiznieks

This weekend, much of Central and Eastern Europe will be celebrating as my country of Latvia and nine other new member-states officially join the European Union. Last month, five of those states — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia — also joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.For many in Central and Eastern Europe,Read More


A Scheduling Conflict

By Leonard Fein

The temptation is to write about the small things, the odds and ends of daily life that describe what it is like to be in Israel these days — better than all the momentous debates and decisions that are very much, and appropriately so, in the news around the world.The first two weeks of my six-week teaching stint inRead More


The Dumb of All Fears

By Kathleen Peratis

Terrorism is the national obsession du jour, and its costs are high and rising rapidly. Our fears of terrorism are real and justified, but if we allow ourselves to be obsessed with them, we will inevitably do stupid things that will likely make matters worse, not better.Next up for scrutiny through a terrorism-obsessed lensRead More


With Liberty and Social Justice for All

By Marsha Atkind

From the stage, looking out at a rainbow of bobbing placards, the energy and commitment of the crowd massing on the national mall in Washington, D.C. was palpable. The April 25 March for Women’s Lives was one of the biggest demonstrations in American history. And whether you agree with press estimates of 800,000 marchers or the organizers’Read More


Racing To Rescue Shoah Evidence

By Sara Bloomfield

That the Holocaust was one of history’s most well-documented crimes is well-known. But few people know just how much documentation — “evidence” of the crime — remains yet to be identified.Finding these original materials, preserving them and making them available for research is fundamental to the mission of the United States HolocaustRead More


Kristol Clear About War

By David Klinghoffer

Patrick Buchanan and other likeminded commentators have repeatedly tried to direct the public’s attention to the fact that, in the Iraq conflict, some of the leading pro-war advocates in the conservative movement have Jewish surnames. There’s Wolfowitz, Perle and Feith, not to mention Kristol, Frum and Weinstein. The presumption isRead More


Twilight of the American Idol

By Jill Rachel Jacobs

I had a bad dream. It was really creepy. I still shudder when I think about it.I was looking forward to watching the final eight contestants compete on “American Idol” last week. As it is for millions of other good folk of this nation, the televised talent show is a staple of my Tuesday nights — until last week, that is. So why wasRead More


Blinded by the Light Unto the Nations

By Bethamie Horowitz

In the last month, the Israeli military has assassinated the two top leaders of Hamas while Prime Minister Sharon has been pushing for Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. Many of us watching from the American Jewish sidelines have alternated between two feelings: Dreading that worse yet may result from these killings and the retaliatory rage theyRead More


While the Jewish Community Watches, Survivors Suffer

By Roman Kent

Throughout the last half century, as Jewish communities have raised large sums of money for various philanthropic causes, I cannot remember a single organization that has not used the theme of Holocaust survivors as a means of raising funds. We did not mind because the funds raised were for good causes. We believed that if the memoryRead More


Between an Ax And a Scalpel

By Leonard Fein

There’s a reason the Left (or the liberals or the progressives, or whatever nom de guerre you prefer) seems so bereft of a positive agenda. The Right, by and large, knows precisely what it seeks to accomplish. It seeks to dismantle government. It wants to privatize medical care, and social security, and our prisons, and even a hefty part of our military. In order to do that, it either legislates privatization or asserts spending caps that effectively destroy existing programs.Read More





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