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An Internet Version of the Nazi Yellow Star

By Gil Troy

One American history student recently wrote me that, following a link from the Web log Little Green Footballs, he noticed my “name on a list of ‘known Jews.’ Does it disturb or frighten you to be bluntly characterized as a ‘Zionist American Jew,’” he asked, “or do you take a degree of pride in yourRead More


Imprisoned for Her Own Protection

By Kathleen Peratis

Seven years ago, Fatima fell in love with the wrong man. Her family would not allow her to marry him. To put pressure on them to change their mind, she had sex with the man and presented her family with a fait accompli. Her strategy did not work. When her father threatened to kill her, she fled to the local police station.Fatima (not herRead More


Take the Peace Process Public

By Joel Pollak

As recently as 1990, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the South African struggle and the “troubles” in Northern Ireland were considered equally irresolvable. The end of the Cold War brought the softening of old antagonisms and inspired renewed efforts at peacemaking in all three cases. But while South Africa made the transition toRead More


Prescribe Standardization for Sick Health Care System

By David Chess

The American health care system is, quite literally, sick.Our health care system was not designed. It was not thought out. It is no more than hundreds of patchwork pieces, stitched together over time. The resulting mosaic is a confusing tapestry — with gaps and pieces dangling in the air, and connections that make no sense, and themes that areRead More


Edward Said: Inclusive Mind, Exclusive Idea

By Alan Mintz

I found out about the death of Edward Said, the Columbia University professor and advocate of the Palestinian cause, from friends in synagogue only on the first night of Rosh Hashanah. I had been too preoccupied with preparations for the holiday to see the news of his passing the day before.That night I dreamt of Said. I had been aRead More


Pope John Paul II’s More Friendly, More Foreign Vatican

By Margaret O'Brien Steinfels

News photos of an ailing John Paul II unable to deliver a speech in Slovakia in September were heart-rending. Unwilling to give up but unable to carry on, the figure of the 83-year-old Polish pope, virtually immobile and slumped in his chair, was a far cry from the vibrant and strapping 58 year old who was elected pope on October 16,Read More


Sin of the Year

By Leonard Fein

Here we go again: The Yom Kippur confessional is upon us, our annual alphabetical recitation of our sins and transgressions, from “ashamnu” to “titanu,” from avarice to xenophobia and zealotry. The list never changes; the question it poses, somewhat tediously, is whether we have changed.While it may be thought useful to have a list that is…Read More


The World’s Woes, As Soap Opera

By Oren Rawls

Reality has invaded the West Wing — or, rather, “The West Wing.”Yes, America’s favorite political soap opera, after two years of inhabiting an alternative dimension where Democrats still ruled the roost and conflicts were always resolved with a hug, decided in its season premiere last week to catch up with the real world.Read More


The Importance of ‘Marrying In’

By Avi Shafran

Is it wrong for Jews to believe that Jews should marry other Jews?The question was raised during the national political campaign in 2000, in the context of Senator Joseph Lieberman’s vice presidential candidacy. As an observant Jew, the senator was assumed to embrace the religious tradition’s view on intermarriage, a viewRead More


The Iraqi Frying Pan

By Leonard Fein

The fear, of course, is that the entire Iraq operation will stay bogged down. Perhaps the Iraqi people will drop their growing hostility to the occupying power once the electricity goes on for good and the streets are safe and the oil begins to flow, but there is no reason to think that these and the other things that might reduce resentment…Read More


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