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An Overlooked Renaissance

By Shana Penn

On one of my recent trips to Poland, a young Jewish man studying at Warsaw University asked me: “Why do you American Jews send your children on death camp tours of Poland? Why choose only death when you could show life?”He had a point. Each year, more than 20,000 Jewish youth from the United States and Israel come to PolandRead More


Troubling Questions for Putin’s Russia

By Robert J. Meth and Yosef I. Abramowitz

With his landslide victory in last week’s presidential elections Russian President Vladimir Putin has tightened his already firm grip on the reins of power. Putin took more than 70% of the vote and faced no serious opposition.Putin’s margin of victory reflects his widespread popularity, fueled by an economic rebound and the perception thatRead More


Rule of Law, or the Law of the Jungle?

By Kathleen Peratis

The Bush administration was not speaking metaphorically when it declared “war” on terrorism. It has incarcerated in Guantanamo approximately 650 alleged terrorists, labeling them “unlawful combatants,” and it is holding them without charge or trial, many presumably until the end of the “war on terrorism,” a day that may neverRead More


An Unfinished Revolution

By Leonard Fein

The reputation of politicians these days is not exactly in good health. Some of us view politicians — the more so those at the state and local level — cynically all the time, and all of us view them cynically some of the time. But like the waters of the Red Sea parting, the debate in the Massachusetts state legislature sitting in…Read More


A Bad Faith Decision

By Nathan J. Diament

Your local Jewish federation’s social welfare agency — whether providing counseling to battered women, vocational training to the disabled, care and comfort to the elderly or a host of other noble and needed services — is not, as a matter of law, a Jewish organization. At least, this is now the law in the state of California, whose SupremeRead More


The Smearing of Senator Kerry

By Ira N. Forman

It has already begun. We’re eight months away from the presidential election, and the Bush-Cheney team is trying to distort the record and blacken the name of John Kerry in the Jewish community.No matter that Senator Kerry has a perfect 18-year voting record on Israel and signs onto all of the pro-Israel letters, initiatives and resolutions.Read More


Some of Americans’ Best Friends Are...

By Bethamie Horowitz

With the release of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” and surging hostility toward Jews overseas, many American Jews are feeling rumblings of dread about the possibility of a wave of antisemitism arriving on these shores.In light of these anxieties, it’s worth looking at how Americans really feel about their JewishRead More


A War That Left America Less Secure

By Daniel Benjamin

Before the invasion of Iraq, the United States was more secure than the Bush administration would have had us believe. Because of the occupation of Iraq, the genuine threats we face may be multiplied more than most Americans recognize. The removal of Saddam Hussein’s regime has yielded some positive dividends, but a comprehensive reckoningRead More


Clues and Illusions

Now that “The Passion of the Christ” has passed the $200 million mark and moved into blockbuster territory, it’s fair to step back and marvel at Mel Gibson’s mastery of the Hollywood art of spinning illusions.There is, of course, his making of a monster hit out of a movie filmed entirely in dead languages. But that’s the least of it.Read More


Shaking Up the Arab World

By Osama Al-Ghazali Harb

It is not difficult to understand why last year’s invasion of Iraq has had the impact of an earthquake on the Middle East, with tremors and aftershocks spreading from the epicenter in Baghdad throughout the entire Arab world. In the first place, Baghdad has a unique and special significance in Arab history and culture totally unrivaledRead More





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