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Sanctity of Union an Article of Faith

By Meir Soloveichik

In a rare instance of agreement, the liberal New York Times editorial page agreed with reknowned conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia — both found last week’s Supreme Court decision legalizing sodomy to be inconsistent.The brilliant and ornery Scalia, in dissenting from Justice Anthony Kennedy’s majority opinion, notedRead More


Missing the ‘Experience’ of a Lifetime

By Elan Ezrachi

One of the direct outcomes of the intifada has been the dramatic decline in the numbers of Jewish visitors to Israel. The most striking of all was the collapse of the “Israel Experience,” as the youth trips to Israel were commonly called during the 1990s.From the summer of 2000, when a record 10,000 North AmericanRead More


Liberty, Justice and Marriage for All

By Evan Wolfson

On June 26, the Supreme Court overturned its infamous Bowers v. Hardwick decision of 1986, which ruled that gay people’s private sexual intimacy did not warrant constitutional protection in the bedroom because there is “no connection between family, marriage or procreation on the one hand,” and gay people on the other.Sixteen days earlier,Read More


Our Suburban Superficiality

By Gil Troy

The first generations of American Jews earned a reputation as progressive politically but morally disciplined. The current generation of young Jews, though, lacks those ethical foundations. We have raised a generation of super-consumers often contemptuous of Judaism — because it offers no alternative to suburban superficiality — and addicted…Read More


Higher Education’s ‘Iron Law of Admissions’

By Ari Melber

All the talk surrounding this week’s Supreme Court ruling upholding affirmative action at the University of Michigan’s law school has ignored one fact of higher education: White students with low grades also get in.The focus on racial preferences usually obscures the many elite preferences for upper class supporters of higherRead More


An International Union Against Antisemitism in Europe

By Beate Winkler

I was born in 1949 in the war-ravaged eastern German city of Dresden. My hometown, like relations among Europeans, had been reduced to rubble by the horror of World War II.Two generations later, the European Union is building on its past to develop an effective model of integration. The seeds of European partnership, planted to prevent aRead More


Bush’s Tax-Cut Policy Is a Bad Investment

By Jeffrey Frankel

What exactly is the Bush administration trying to accomplish with its economic policy? The answer least likely to be correct is the one implied by the name of the recently passed tax-cutting bill, “Jobs and Growth Act.” The phrase suggests that the bill aims to stimulate economic demand, thereby boosting growth and, especially, employment fromRead More


Mideast Q&(No)A

By Leonard Fein

To what question is “helicopter gunships” the answer?It is virtually impossible to disengage the emotions while the carnage continues. One need not join or even sympathize with last week’s Jerusalem crowd shouting “Death to the Arabs!” as they viewed the bombed-out bus to feel disgust toward the Palestinians and utter cynicism toward the…Read More


The Stuff Stump Speeches Are Made Of

By Roy Morrison

I’m standing with my son Sam outside of Bookends, our local bookstore, on Main St. in Warner, N.H. A man on a mission, my book “Tax Pollution, Not Income” under my arm. We’re waiting for former Vermont governor Howard Dean. The candidate is late. The rain’s just stopped, and it’s almost sunny.The place is packed, 200 people jammed intoRead More


Britain’s Institutional Judeophobia

By Barry Kosmin and Paul Iganski

For Britons who have been following the controversy surrounding the recent publication of a particularly nasty political cartoon in the Chicago Tribune, there has been a distinct sense of déjà vu.As press reports have it, the paper became — unwittingly, it claims — the vehicle for an antisemitic canard. That, at least, is how it appearedRead More





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