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We Reap What They Sew

By Kathleen Peratis

The sweatshops of the Lower East Side and the largely Jewish-led labor movement to which they gave rise are part of Jewish iconography. My Russian-born, Brooklyn-bred mother-in-law was able to support her disabled husband, her young son and her own widowed mother on her wages as a seamstress in a Lower East Side garment factoryRead More


When Academia Favors Values Over Facts

By Alexander Joffe

At Campus Watch, one of the main problems we address is politics disguised as pedagogy. Our critique of Columbia University’s Middle East and Asian languages and cultures department, at the center of the recent, much-publicized controversy, has been that faculty members present their own political opinions to the exclusion of others and in placeRead More


Call the Massacre In Darfur by Its Name: Genocide

By William Korey

As the United Nations Security Council deliberated this week on whether to send suspected Sudanese war criminals to the International Criminal Court for atrocities committed in Darfur, one man was noticeably absent from the proceedings. Not once in the recent U.N. report on which the Security Council decision was to be based was Raphael Lemkin’sRead More


Starvelings on Our Doorstep

By Leonard Fein

Jake, the hero of Mordecai Richler’s underappreciated 1971 novel, “St. Urbain’s Horseman,” “had expected the coming of the vandals. Above all, the injustice collectors. The concentration camp survivors. The emaciated millions of India. The starvelings of Africa…. The demented Red Guards of China are going to come, demanding theirs,Read More


Losing the Forest for the Trees

By Russell Robinson

For more than 100 years, the name Jewish National Fund — and the name of our primary agent in Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael — has stood for three things: uniting Jews everywhere with the land of Israel, developing that land into a thriving and vibrant home for the Jewish people, and promoting Zionism through education. For one generationRead More


In the Mideast’s Outpost of Democracy, Settlers Openly Flout the Law

By Dror Etkes

Israeli attorney Talia Sasson has delivered an interim report about illegal outposts, those settlements in the West Bank that have been built without official Israeli authorization for more than a decade. After months of research and frustration in dealing with stonewalling bureaucrats, she managed to document what Peace Now has beenRead More


The Paper That Rewrote Catholic-Jewish Relations

By David Rosen

Forty years ago, the Catholic Church revolutionized attitudes within the Christian world toward Jews and Judaism with the declaration known as Nostra Aetate, a document that emerged from the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.Prior to this document, the perception that had prevailed within the Christian world over the centuries was thatRead More


America Brandishes a ‘Big Carrot’ at Iran

By Yossi Alpher

President Bush appears to have encountered the limits of American power. Hence, his approach to extremist elements in the Middle East has become more nuanced in his second term, and the results are increasingly confusing.Take Iran. While continuing now and then to threaten Tehran over its alleged nuclear weapons program, Bush is looking for waysRead More


Bush’s Budget Runs Up a Moral Deficit

By Isaac Shapiro and John Springer

Congress just started work on the 2006 federal budget, and the sound you hear coming from Washington is the other shoe dropping.The first shoe was the large tax cuts Congress and President Bush enacted in 2001 and 2003, which helped push federal revenues down to their lowest level since the 1950s when measured as a share of the economy. The secondRead More


The Evolving Involvement of American Jews

By Bethamie Horowitz

An essay by a newly Orthodox Jewish writer provoked plenty of ire not so long ago, when she criticized the fictional characters created by various authors whom she said had “renounced Orthodox Judaism.” Leaving aside questions about her literary judgment, what intrigued me was the writer’s own new-found religion, pointing as it does toRead More


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