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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


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


The Spirit of Giving

By Sharon Glassman

To people who believe in giving from the heart, New York at holiday time can feel more like a series of parallel universes than a city in the midst of celebration.Outdoor malls and Madison Avenue boutiques are filled with people who want for nothing, gift-shopping — busily, joyfully, even crabbily — for people whoRead More


Let Courts Give Closure To Holocaust Victims

By Simon Rozenkier

At the end of “Schindler’s List,” film director Steven Spielberg included footage of some of the surviving “Schindler Jews” he had portrayed in his movie. With their children and grandchildren, they placed stones on a grave in Israel.Spielberg wanted to show that even though the Nazis killed 6 million Jews, they could never destroy theRead More


Can America Afford Not To Provide Universal Health Care?

By Arthur Kellermann and Wilhelmine Miller

As a nation, we do many things to reduce societal risk and promote health. We regulate the safety of cars, enforce standards to make our workplaces safer and set limits on exposure to toxic chemicals. Fewer fatal car crashes and healthier work and home environments allow people to live longer and healthier lives. We need to think about theRead More


A Study In Vibrancy

By Leonard Fein

As against the conventional lamentations regarding the state of American Jewish life, I am pleased to inform you that on December 21, a rather large miracle is scheduled to begin. It falls under the heading “Who would have thunk?”The background: The Association for Jewish Studies, founded in 1969, is the learned society for professors ofRead More





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