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The Good That Could Come From Sharon’s Gaza Gambit

By Scott Lasensky

Supporters of Israel, not to mention Israelis themselves, are trying to make sense of Prime Minister Sharon’s recent announcement about plans to dismantle Israeli settlements in the Gaza Strip. At first glance, it’s easy to be unenthusiastic about such a unilateral step. But a deeper analysis reveals a range of benefits, prominent among themRead More


To Bolster Muslim Moderates, Add Democracy and Stir

By Vance Serchuk

Hadi Ali is not the stereotypical face of political Islam. His beard is cropped close to his face. He wears sweater vests instead of clerical robes. His formal education is in physics, not theology. All in all, he looks more like a professor of literature at a small Midwestern college than the No. 2 official in the Kurdistan Islamic Union, theRead More


A Silent Majority for Peace

By Debra Delee

Campaign season is here, and it’s important for candidates to remember that the loudest voices in communities don’t always reflect the thinking of the people they claim to represent. Such is currently the case with the American Jewish community. Contrary to what some may think, American Jews strongly favor political candidates who backRead More


Putting Politics First And Numbers Second

By Stanley Collender

The president’s budget is both a political statement and an accounting document. It sets out the White House’s priorities and agenda and tells us what they will cost.Unfortunately, while the Bush 2005 budget sent to Congress this week fully succeeds at telling us where the president wants to go, it fails just as completely at providing aRead More


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


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


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