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Fighting Terrorism Like There’s No Road Map

By Ze’ev Schiff

A few days before Faisal Husseini left last year for Kuwait, where he would suddenly pass away, we spoke about conducting negotiations under fire. Husseini, until his death the Palestine Liberation Organization’s representative in Jerusalem, asked why Israel conditioned renewal of the political negotiations on a cessation of terrorism. IRead More


Reconsidering Antisemitism

By Ralph Seliger

All seats were sold for this month’s “Old Demons, New Debates: Anti-Semitism in the West” conference at the Center for Jewish History in New York. It was addressed by a glittering assemblage of academics, journalists and activists from the United States, England, France, Poland, Israel, Italy, Canada, Mexico and even Iran. MuchRead More


How Not To Be Afraid?

By Leonard Fein

One of the best known of the newish Jewish songs is “Kol Ha’olam Kulo,” the lyrics commonly attributed to Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, the haunting melody by Boruck Chait. The first line — there are only two — tells us that “the whole world is a very narrow bridge,” and the melody for those words is doleful. The second line tellsRead More


The Enduring Relevance of Black-Jewish Relations

By Shmuley Boteach

The recent conviction of Lemrick Nelson in the stabbing of Yankel Rosenbaum, the final spectacle of the Crown Heights riots of 1991, has been described by some as not just the nadir but the effective end of the alliance between blacks and Jews.Observers such as Samuel Freedman, associate dean of the Columbia School of Journalism, are arguingRead More


Pipes Dream Of a Road Map

By Leonard Fein

On the face of it, the nomination of Daniel Pipes by President Bush to be one of the 15 directors of the United States Institute of Peace seems weird. The nomination, which now awaits confirmation by the Senate, has quite predictably outraged Arab Americans, who see Pipes as their enemy. But though it is curious that Bush wouldRead More


For Those Who Defend Our Liberties

By Maurice Kaprow

The incessant talking heads on our television sets commenting ad nauseam about Operation Iraqi Freedom have slowed to a trickle. The screaming newspaper headlines closely following the progress of the war have decreased in font size and have become a mere whimper. Troops have begun to rapidly leave the battlefield with many having already returnedRead More


The Old Man Of the Mountain

By Roy Morrison

It was a big game for the Warner team in the Kearsarge Mountain League. The first against the Hopkinton Yankees. My son Sam had a good day. Three singles, two walks, played first without an error. Batting second, he stood at the plate with style, a nice rhythmic hip wag as the pitcher wound up. Afterwards, he told me, the first time at the plateRead More


Can the U.N. Distinguish Human Rights From Wrong?

By Joel Kaplan and Daniel Mariaschin

Several weeks ago the United Nations Commission on Human Rights opted yet again to defile its own mandate by inviting one the world’s foremost human rights abusers to rejoin its ranks in the upcoming 59th session. In a vote undertaken by the Latin American regional group, Fidel Castro’s Cuba was reelected without opposition to a coveted spotRead More


Is Joe Bad for Jews? No, But Timidity Is

By Ira Forman

The American Jewish community may be the most politically sophisticated ethnic or religious group in America. After all, Jews — who make up only 2% of the American populace — are highly over-represented as voters, as contributors, as elected officials on the federal level, as appointees to high government office, as campaign contributors, asRead More


The Wonder That Is Israel

By David A. Harris

Israel’s 55th birthday this week is a time to step back, if just for a moment, from the whirlwind of daily events — terrorist attacks against Israelis, road map prognostications, internal Palestinian maneuvering, Labor Party changes in Israel — and reflect on the larger picture.The story of Israel these last 55 years, above all, is theRead More





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