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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


Spooked Agencies

By Yossi Alpher

The nature of a country’s intelligence gathering and military or paramilitary operations has to change in accordance with changing threats to its security. This seems to be a fairly sound national security principle. But as we have seen in recent months and years in both Israel and the United States, the conceptualization andRead More


Question Time for Kean

By Ami Eden

Thomas Kean, the chairman of the 9/11 Commission, was on “Meet the Press” this past Sunday, taking queries from Tim Russert, one of the toughest questioners in network news. On December 8, anyone with some spare time (and a little luck) could win the chance to play anchorman, when Kean delivers a free, public lecture at theRead More


The Elephant’s Big Britches

By Leonard Fein

What passes for liberal wisdom these days is mostly babble. There’s lots of brave talk about organizing for 2008, but there’s almost nothing by way of program and policy. Scratch just a bit, and you’ll find that the brave talk masks a sense of alarm regarding what President Bush’s second term may mean for the nation.At dinner oneRead More


A Requiem for the Occupation

By Ofer Shelah

Israel’s military chief of staff, Lieutenant General Moshe Ya’alon, facing an unprecedented wave of criticism over his soldiers’ conduct and morals, did something last week that is also almost unprecedented, at least for him: He admitted that an army investigation into a controversial matter was faulty. “Officers and servicemen have liedRead More


The Blindness to Household Labor Rights

By Kathleen Peratis

The first two women nominated to be attorney general of the United States, Zoe Baird and Kimbe Wood, withdrew their names in quick succession, both having been exposed as domestic scofflaws — they employed (apparently) undocumented foreign workers to care for their children, and they (apparently) did not pay Social Security taxesRead More


The Silence On Domestic Violence

By Carol Goodman Kaufman

As part of a follow-up survey I recently completed on the Jewish communal response to domestic violence, I talked to nearly half the rabbis in Massachusetts. Half of them claimed to have been approached by congregants to discuss their experiences with abuse, yet more than three-quarters still have not given a sermon on the subject ofRead More


Having Faith In Democrats

By Leonard Fein

Electoral fact mirrors science fiction. The first time that computers were used to do “exit polls” was in 1952, in the Eisenhower-Stevenson election. The pundits were predicting a Stevenson victory, but early exit-poll results were fed into Univac, a vacuum-tube computer (transistors had not yet beenRead More


The Land of the Free, for Better and for Worse

By Viva Hammer

Ten years ago, as a recent Australian immigrant, I was initiated into the American rite of Thanksgiving. How outraged I was! Here we were, comfortable Modern Orthodox-ish Jews, sitting down to a turkey repast in a kind of latter-day American Christmas. My hosts were defensive, and confused at my reaction. This wasn’t a Christian holiday,Read More


Learning To Become Fluent in ‘Faith-Speak’

By Shoshana Cardin

For American Jews, most of whom fall in the Democratic column; the re-election of President Bush — aided as it was by the religious right — has heightened the concern that we are fast becoming guests in an increasingly Christian nation.That might indeed be the case, but I nevertheless remain optimistic about our communal ability to influenceRead More


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