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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


Sanitizing Italian Fascism Sullies Fight Against Antisemitism

By Yossi Sarid

This past Tuesday the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee hosted Italy’s deputy prime minister, Gianfranco Fini. I didn’t attending the session. In plain terms, I boycotted it. I had no wish to play any part in sanitization ceremonies for fascists, neo-fascists and antisemites of all kinds.Fini is the leader of an important ItalianRead More


Federations Must Raise More Funds for Israel and Overseas Needs

By Richard Wexler

When the Overseas Needs and Distribution Committee of United Jewish Communities meets on December 8 to decide how to allocate federation money, an unavoidable conclusion must be reached: The federation system has to raise more funds for overseas needs and continue to place Israel as its prime responsibility. To decide otherwise given today’sRead More


The Assyrian Test of Pluralism in Iraq

By Jonathan Eric Lewis

Although Iraq’s future remains uncertain, it can be said at least that the long Ba’athist nightmare is now over. Moderate and secular Islamic voices now have an opportunity to foster a new pluralistic political system which simultaneously acknowledges the fact that Iraq’s population is overwhelmingly Muslim and guarantees Christians the sameRead More


History of Ford Due for ‘Tune-up’

By Jay Tcath

This past week saw three exercises in revisiting history: the annual ritual, replete with conspiracy theories, of reexamining the Kennedy assassination; the Pulitzer Prize board reconsidering New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty’s prize for his discredited 1930s coverage of Soviet collectivization, and the FordRead More


Liberal Nationalism

By Gil Troy

The worldwide campaign to rob Israel of its good name has strained Zionism’s historic linkage with liberalism. Too many progressives have attacked Israel and Zionism, especially in academia. Palestinians have cleverly hijacked the rhetoric of human rights to rationalize that great human wrong, terrorism. The new, politically correct positionRead More


Our Lives Of Sarah

By David Klinghoffer

A black-clad young man interrogated my wife and me in the foyer of Istanbul’s Neve Shalom synagogue, exactly three years ago.I thought about our visit to Turkey when Neve Shalom and another synagogue a few miles away, Beth Israel, were bombed this past Shabbat during the crowded morning services. At least 25 died.I remember that the security guyRead More


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