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Pouring Fuel on Israel’s Fire

By Leonard Fein

Quite naturally, our attention when we think of Israel is principally focused on issues of war and peace: the intifada, the persistent terrorism, the halting peace efforts both governmental and private, the occupation and so forth. But there is, of course, another Israel — not the Israel of the deadly headlines, but the Israel where peopleRead More


Table Talk For the Holidays

By Leonard Fein

A few questions for dinner-table conversation during the holiday season:1. The cultural gap between France and the United States has never been more blatant than now, as the French move toward banishing the wearing in public schools of kippot, Muslim headscarves and large crosses. That proposal, vehemently endorsed by President Jacques Chirac…Read More


A Study in Jewish Growth

By Bethamie Horowitz

One of the most noteworthy trends in American Jewish life is the growing proportion of Jewish adults who have taken Jewish studies courses in college. From the most recent National Jewish Population Survey, we learn that among students enrolled in college and or graduate school in 2000-2001, 41% have taken such a course, representing aRead More


Pro-Israel Activism Makes Comeback on Campus

By Jonathan Kessler

When the anti-Iraq war movement first burst on the scene, Israel’s core detractors recognized an opportunity to leverage a unique confluence of political dynamics. Thirty million echo-boomers entered the political arena for the first time, anti-war sentiment burgeoned on campus and a radical anti-Israel orientation continued to pervade much ofRead More


The Welfare of Children

By Jennifer Mezey

In 1996, President Bill Clinton, seeking to fulfill a campaign promise “to end welfare as we know it,” signed a welfare reform law that turned the cash assistance entitlement program into a block grant to states, set lifetime time limits on use of federal funds for welfare, and adopted a work-firstRead More


Shopping for Justice in California

By Joshua Levine-Grater

Just up the street from my home in Pasadena, Calif., there is a Vons supermarket. For the past 10 weeks, I have not shopped there. Instead, I drive by, honk my horn at the workers standing outside with their picket signs and make my way across town to shop at other unionized grocery stores. It is inconvenient, but it is my small contributionRead More


Dawn of a Late Millennium

By Leonard Fein

The calendar says that soon a year draws to a close, the ball will drop, the tinsel too, and we will enter the fourth year of this still new millennium.Big deal. The last and so far only interesting thing about this new millennium was all that noise about what would happen, but did not, to our computers and all that derives from them a year before…Read More


Tikrit to Jerusalem, By Way of Damascus

By Uri Dromi

When the news broke on Sunday that Saddam Hussein was captured, there was an uproar of joy here in Jerusalem. Like many Israelis I was glued to the TV screen, watching L. Paul Bremer, the American administrator for Iraq, announce proudly: “Ladies and Gentlemen, we got him!” What a great moment for the free world.A minute later,Read More


A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Years

By Rosaline Glazer

The recent snowfall reminded me that it was that season again, so I decided to visit one of those camera mega-stores in Manhattan that sells every kind of TV and camera equipment there is, plus electronic devices I’ve never heard of. The approaching holiday season made me think I should buy myself one of those tiny new video cameras thatRead More


Modern-day Disputations

By David Klinghoffer

One of the most haunting images in the Torah, found in this week’s parsha, casts a startling light on a question that’s roiling the Jewish religious world at this moment. The issue is interfaith dialogue.I know, I know, it’s one of the more sleep-inducing items on the official communal agenda. Those two words conjure images of professors…Read More





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