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No Tolerance For Intolerance

By David Klinghoffer

‘Tolerance” is a Jewish value, right? Yet it is also a word that is often used to designate an attitude of moral relativism, wholly alien to Judaism as traditionally understood. What then does it mean for a Jew to be tolerant?The question is a timely one. Each day’s news is filled with hints and rumors of radical Muslim plots…Read More


A Land Grab at the Western Wall

By Andrew M. Sacks

The Western Wall is a powerful symbol for Jews of all stripes. Unfortunately, recent developments at the Wall threaten to transform the holy site into a place where many Jews will feel increasingly unwelcome.The area immediately adjacent to the Western Wall has long been, for all intents and purposes, an Orthodox synagogue. A permanent mechitza,Read More


Where Compassion Is a One-Way Street

By Yoel Marcus

Eitan Ronel, a retired lieutenant colonel, returned his rank insignia to the Israeli army chief of staff this week, along with a letter full of bitterness. “Human life has lost its worth and values we were raised on, such as purity of arms, have become a bad joke,” he wrote.Ronel’s protest over the army’s conduct in the territoriesRead More


Bolting for Bush

By Edward I. Koch

I am a lifelong Democrat. I was elected to New York’s City Council, Congress and three terms as mayor of New York City on the Democratic Party line. I believe in the values of the Democratic Party as articulated by Presidents Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and by SenatorsRead More


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





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