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Jewish Faces in a Changing America: The Numbers Speak for Themselves

By David Harris

America is changing rapidly. If American Jews don’t grasp the significance of these changes, then we just might be left in the dust one day, notwithstanding our remarkable success to date.America has played a unique role in the life of the Jewish people, particularly in the postwar era. That role, simply put, is irreplaceable, but it is byRead More


Abortion Rights And Wrong

By Avi Shafran

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators flocked to Washington, D.C. on April 25 for a rally in support of legal abortion. Thousands of the participants attended as members of an assortment of Jewish organizations. And many of those Jewish participants nurtured a deep conviction that their stance expressed a deeply Jewish value.They were wrong.To beRead More


High Noon at Sycamore Ranch

By Barry Rubin

Last weekend’s Likud party defeat of Prime Minister Sharon’s Gaza withdrawal proposal has thrown Israeli politics into confusion. With no road map to go by, the country is busy trying to guess the wily old general’s next move.Sharon has already dismissed calls for him to resign or to withdraw the plan. Instead, he will take a little timeRead More


When Unemployment Doesn’t Work

By Isaac Shapiro and John Springer

As the election-year debate proceeds over what policies can best promote the creation of new jobs, there remains a simple, inexpensive step the federal government can take right now to help many of the people hit hardest by the poor job market. That step, endorsed by public officials from Senator Hillary Clinton to the chairmanRead More


Freed From Shackles of the Past, Europe Forges a Unified Future

By Nils Muiznieks

This weekend, much of Central and Eastern Europe will be celebrating as my country of Latvia and nine other new member-states officially join the European Union. Last month, five of those states — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia — also joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.For many in Central and Eastern Europe,Read More


A Scheduling Conflict

By Leonard Fein

The temptation is to write about the small things, the odds and ends of daily life that describe what it is like to be in Israel these days — better than all the momentous debates and decisions that are very much, and appropriately so, in the news around the world.The first two weeks of my six-week teaching stint inRead More


The Dumb of All Fears

By Kathleen Peratis

Terrorism is the national obsession du jour, and its costs are high and rising rapidly. Our fears of terrorism are real and justified, but if we allow ourselves to be obsessed with them, we will inevitably do stupid things that will likely make matters worse, not better.Next up for scrutiny through a terrorism-obsessed lensRead More


With Liberty and Social Justice for All

By Marsha Atkind

From the stage, looking out at a rainbow of bobbing placards, the energy and commitment of the crowd massing on the national mall in Washington, D.C. was palpable. The April 25 March for Women’s Lives was one of the biggest demonstrations in American history. And whether you agree with press estimates of 800,000 marchers or the organizers’Read More


Racing To Rescue Shoah Evidence

By Sara Bloomfield

That the Holocaust was one of history’s most well-documented crimes is well-known. But few people know just how much documentation — “evidence” of the crime — remains yet to be identified.Finding these original materials, preserving them and making them available for research is fundamental to the mission of the United States HolocaustRead More


Blinded by the Light Unto the Nations

By Bethamie Horowitz

In the last month, the Israeli military has assassinated the two top leaders of Hamas while Prime Minister Sharon has been pushing for Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. Many of us watching from the American Jewish sidelines have alternated between two feelings: Dreading that worse yet may result from these killings and the retaliatory rage theyRead More


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