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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


Fight for Cure In ‘Laboratories Of Democracy’

By June Walker

The need to clear the path for scientists to conduct lifesaving biomedical discoveries through stem-cell research has re-emerged as a national issue, especially since the passing of actor Christopher Reeve. Such discoveries could lead to treatments and cures for diseases that plague more than 100 million Americans, such as diabetes, Parkinson’s,Read More


Arafat Died an Uncontrite Terrorist

By Alan M. Dershowitz

Terrorism certainly didn’t begin with Yasser Arafat. It has its roots deep in history, from the Jewish Zealots-Sicarii during the Roman occupation, to the Hindu Thugees who strangled their enemies over the centuries, to the medieval Islamic Hashishins who prepared for assassinating political opponents by smoking hashish.ButRead More


What It Takes To Be a State

By Leonard Fein

‘Look, Ma, I’m a State!” is not the way it works. You may wake up one morning a-tingle with statehood, bursting with national fervor, impatient for a prize too-long deferred, even with your flag ready to be raised and your anthem to be sung, but all that doesn’t mean you’re ready — not, at any rate — for a passably democratic state.ARead More


The New Face of Palestinian Diplomacy

By Roger Zakheim

In the wake of Yasser Arafat’s death, the world’s attention has justifiably been focused on who will fill the outsized shoes of the father of Palestinian nationalism. Clearly, any potential for peace hinges on whether the society he left behind will be ruled by the Palestinian Authority or by anarchy. But as the Palestinian powerRead More


How the GOP Won the Orthodox Vote

By Nathan J. Diament

In the 2000 presidential election, 70% of Orthodox Jews voted for the Democratic ticket; in the 2004 presidential election, 70% of Orthodox Jews voted for the Republican ticket. While most of the American Jewish community remains stalwart in the Democratic camp, second only to African Americans, the Orthodox segment is clearly a swing vote.DespiteRead More


A Night of Broken Glass, on a Date With History

By Ismar Schorsch

From the observation platform atop the restored Reichstag, the German parliament building, the most prominent landmark on the cityscape of central Berlin is the gleaming dome of the Moorish synagogue on Oranienburgerstrasse. When dedicated in 1866, in the presence of Otto von Bismarck and other Prussian dignitaries, it gave resounding expressionRead More


The Value Of Opposition

By Leonard Fein

The moaning and groaning is neither helpful nor appropriate. There is every reason for concern, but none for despair. Beyond the fact that Senator John Kerry received more votes than any candidate for the presidency in American history — except, of course, George W. Bush — there is a mine of provocative data buried in theRead More


How the Jews Vote

There were two big myths that dominated public discussion of the Jewish vote during this election season, and both of them proved in the end to be wrong. One was that the Jewish vote no longer existed, that Jews had become either too divided, too few in number or too distant from Jewish group concerns to remain an electoral bloc worth considering.Read More


After Arafat

In thinking about how to address Yasser Arafat’s departure and its meaning for the Middle East, friends of Israel would do well to follow the lead set by Israeli Prime Minister Sharon in the past week, when he ordered his ministers to maintain a dignified silence despite their dislike for the man. Arafat wasRead More


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