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Open Our Communal Eyes to Spousal Abuse

By Carol Goodman Kaufman

It is really most appropriate that the Hebrew month Tishri, and Succoth in particular, coincided last month with the National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. After all, the succah, the hut that Jews inhabit during the autumn harvest festival, represents the fragility of life. The winds blow and the rains fall, leaving its dwellers vulnerable toRead More


Abortion Ban Degrades And Devalues Women

By David Ellenson

President Bush recently signed a ban on so-called “partial birth abortions” into law. Enactment of this legislation marks a great victory for the religious right, and such passage surely reflects — as many commentators have pointed out — how successful the proponents of the ban have been in their campaign to restrict the scope of RoeRead More


Back to School for Israel Advocacy

By Ronald S. Lauder and Jay Schottenstein

Jewish sages have written that “any love which is offered without criticism is not true love.” Recently, however, Israel’s minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora affairs, Natan Sharansky, found himself subjected to stinging rebukes over a tough critique he penned in these pages analyzing the dismal state of Jewish campus activism in theRead More


Over the Top Protest Down Under

By Michael Danby

Over the last month there has been an acrimonious public confrontation between the leadership of the Australian Jewish community and those who were once that community’s natural allies and closest friends — the political left, and more particularly, the Australian Labor Party.The issue was the decision by the Sydney Peace Foundation to awardRead More


Can’t Win, Can’t Afford To Lose

By Leonard Fein

Had President Bush delivered the same speech at the United Nations before the invasion of Iraq, and then turned to the international body to implement his vision, our world would be quite different today. As it is, we are stuck in Iraq: we cannot win, yet we cannot afford to lose.The president casts his commitment to the democratization of Iraq in…Read More


Build Coalitions of Decency To Fight Hatred

By Eric Yoffie

A mere 10 years ago, we felt confident that antisemitism was no longer a significant threat. But we were wrong. Most of us have been exposed to more antisemitic discourse during the last two years than we have seen in our entire lives.We note with horror the monstrous canards that continue to circulate in the Arab andRead More


A People Dwelling Alone

By Leonard Fein

To the 100,000 or more people who gathered November 1 in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv to mark the eighth anniversary of the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, there was perhaps some sense of urgency to the occasion. Just the day before, vandals had painted swastikas on the monument that marks the spot where Yigal Amir fired the shots that changedRead More


Stand Up and Be Counted in National Census

By Joshua Comenetz

Census questions on religion aren’t perfect. In 2001, the governments of Australia, Britain, Canada and New Zealand discovered via census responses that more than half a million Jedi Knights reside within their borders. To judge by the numbers, followers of the faith of Star Wars outnumber Jews in Britain and New Zealand.If that’s how peopleRead More


A Peace Plan for Disaster

By Arthur Cohn

Yasser Arafat is the one who gains the most from the Geneva Understandings. The State of Israel is the prime loser.During the past months, and especially after the acceptance of President Bush’s “road map” to peace, Arafat was urged finally to take concrete and serious steps against terrorism. Has he done anything to fulfill his obligations?Read More


Trivializing Mahathir’s Antisemitic Message

By Abraham Foxman

At a time when even such publications as The New York Times and Financial Times clearly understand the significance of what took place in Kuala Lumpur, it is astonishing that the Forward chooses to trivialize it and to some extent rationalize what happened (“Mahathir’s Message,” October 24).Even many leaders who have failed to see that the…Read More





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