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Evaluating the Candidates’ Health Care Plans

By Kenneth Thorpe

With skyrocketing health insurance premiums and a persistent rise in the number of uninsured, health care has assumed center stage in this year’s presidential race. While President Bush and Democratic candidate John Kerry have developed detailed health care proposals, the nature and scope of the proposals are dramatically different.The presidentRead More


Loathe the One You’re With

By Leonard Fein

Remember the mood just six or eight months ago? President Bush seemed like a sure winner in his bid for re-election. Howard Dean was all the rage, with his unprecedented and extraordinarily successful fund raising via the Internet and his blunt challenge to the incumbent — but hardly anyone thought that in a Dean-BushRead More


Digging Up the Bible

By David Hazony

With Jerusalem’s future forever a subject of contention, many who care passionately about the Golden City have missed the new debate that has emerged over its ancient past. A new cadre of Bible scholars and archaeologists, some with an overtly political agenda, has argued that the great Israelite kingdom, depicted in the books of Samuel, KingsRead More


The Fundamentals of an Iran in Exile

By Roya Hakakian

The diplomatic officer asked, for the third time, how I’d been persecuted as a Jew in Iran, as he leafed through my application for political asylum. But I said nothing.His stern tone, his fierce gaze demanded certainty, clarity and conviction — all the things that I could not find within. Sitting opposite him in his office at the AmericanRead More


No Ifs, Ands Or Butts

By Kathleen Peratis

In March, an American woman on the staff of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees accused the high commissioner himself of sexual harassment, saying he had “grabbed her behind.”Read More


The Stalled March of Palestinian Moderation

By Tawfiq Abu Baker

It was in 1974, exactly 30 years ago, that Palestinians made the monumental decision that was considered the largest turning point in their modern history. During the Palestine Liberation Organization’s 12th National Council, held in Cairo, delegates accepted — for the first time — the establishment of a national authority on any PalestinianRead More


Time To Rethink Shoah Education

By Robert Rozett

Today, more people than ever are aware that the Nazis murdered some 6 million Jews in the Holocaust. Years of development and implementation of educational programs, often backed by governments and NGOs around the world, have been augmented by official days of remembrance, museum exhibits, major motion pictures and almostRead More


Teaching Courage

By Leonard Fein

Colman Genn died last week at the age of 68. The New York Times carried a long obituary, which he earned the hard way, but it missed some of the really big stuff.Cole was best known because back in the late 1980s, when he was superintendent of Community School Board 27 in Queens, N.Y., he wore a wire — a recording device — for eight months andRead More


Sharon, France and the Jews

As if they had nothing better to do, the good people of France managed to work themselves into a lather this week over an insult to French honor by Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon, who had the temerity to suggest that French Jews should run for their lives.Sharon must have thought he was offering harmless platitudes in his Sunday remarks inRead More


Fast Times

The fast day of Tisha B’Av, which falls next Tuesday, is not a central day on anyone’s version of the Jewish ritual calendar, but it probably should be. Sad to say, it captures more closely than any other holiday the dominant theme of Jewish communal culture in our age: grief and outrage over the cruelties visited on JewsRead More


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