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Looking Beyond Labels

By Bethamie Horowitz

The most common way to speak about American Jews is to use the denominational brand names — Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, etc. But the usefulness of these terms is increasingly debatable, as suggested by analysis of recently released data from the National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01.The proportion of American Jews who said theyRead More


An Urgent Need for Israel Studies

By Michael C. Kotzin

Across the country, college students are returning to campus from their winter breaks. Many, however, will be returning to classrooms where Israel is often a target of hostility and too seldom a subject of fair-minded academic consideration.The manner in which Israel and the Middle East are taught about in the nation’s universityRead More


A Threat to the Academy

By Jacob Neusner

It has been 40 years since universities began to make faculty appointments in Jewish subjects in their departments of religious studies, history, literature and language. In the decades that followed, the field of Jewish studies has flourished on campus.Read More


Our Union’s Jewish State

By David Klinghoffer

If anyone else has pointed out what a Jewish piece of oratory the recent State of the Union address was, I’m not aware of it. The ethos, the whole moral outlook, was Jewish, and this observation raises a question: How did America come to be the most Judaic country on earth, a country where one could plausibly say such a thing about the principal…Read More


Offering Our Services Between Services in El Salvador

By Leonard Fein

The sun in Ciudad Romero in El Salvador is as glaring and hot as the Negev sun. Yes, El Salvador. It’s not exactly (or even approximately) a tourist mecca, but it is a mecca of sorts to delegations organized by American Jewish World Service, a rapidly growing and increasingly effective organization devoted to connecting Jews and Judaism to theRead More


Man Can’t Live On Faith Alone

By Leonard Fein

No doubt about it, the sight of the Grand Canyon is awe-inspiring. Those so inclined are sure to wonder, as they look out at it, at God’s marvels. But these days, our government does not leave the response to our inclination; it tells us what to feel. Right there on a bronze plaque mounted on the viewing platform at the…Read More


A Tradition That Embraces Looking to the Heavens

By Yitzchok Adlerstein

In the 18th century the great talmudist Rabbi Yonatan Eybeschutz penned a commentary to Genesis arguing that the Tower of Babel was not really a tower at all. Rather, he wrote, it was a chamber in which the burning of fuel would propel the edifice toward the heavens.We need not worry, however, that President Bush’s recently announced spaceRead More


France Loses Its Head Over Headscarves

By Kathleen Peratis

Ten thousand people, mostly Muslim women, marched in protest through Paris on Saturday. Similar demonstrations by Muslim women took place in other cities in Europe and the Middle East. Two thousand people turned out in Stockholm, 2,400 in London, 2,500 in Beirut, 300 in Nablus, about 100 in Washington, D.C. A typical chant: “My scarf, myRead More


Our Unfinished 40-Year War

By Hannah Rosenthal

This week’s State of the Union speech provided an occasion for Americans to reflect upon how much our nation has accomplished and how much remains to be achieved. We’ve been to the moon and landed a vehicle on Mars — and we still dream of going further. That is the promise of America. But as we dream of horizons not yet met, we must rememberRead More


Time To Tone Down Criticism of Saudis

By Edward S. Walker Jr.

With the American presidential campaign heating up, many candidates have been tempted to take a swing at Saudi Arabia. It is a soft target and, as is frequently the case in political campaigns, candidates often fail to consider carefully the facts of the situation or the long-term consequences of theirRead More


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