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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


Newt Gingrich’s ‘Road Map’

By Leonard Fein

What can account for former House speaker Newt Gingrich’s recent assault on the State Department? Gingrich, just eight years ago Time magazine’s “Man of the Year,” is these days largely reduced to self-promotion — check his Web site at newt.org. He’s currently a senior fellow at the conservative American Enterprise Institute in…Read More


Buy the Settlers Out

By Marcia Freedman

The Palestinians insist that any final settlement to their conflict with Israel must include the establishment of a state in all of the West Bank and Gaza. The current government of Israel, for its part, has shown its reluctance to evacuate any of the estimated 140 settlements. How, then, to reach a settlement on the settlements?There is a wayRead More


Scripting the Scriptures

By David Klinghoffer

Jewish officialdom — that small, cozy world of community leaders and other machers — is already getting agitated by Mel Gibson’s still-in-production Jesus movie. “The Passion” depicts the last 12 hours in the life of Christianity’s founder, and press reports suggest that it places blame for the man’s death firmly onRead More


The Globalization of Antisemitism

By Daniel Jonah Goldhagen

Antisemitism is evolving. After a period of remission owing to the horror of the Holocaust, the ancient prejudice has recently been reactivated, catalyzed by the Arab-Israeli conflict. It has entered a new era in which its main focus has shifted from the domestic to the international. Always protean in quality, always changing to take on the idiomRead More


Hunger for Healing on a Visit to Haiti

By H. Eric Schockman

It starts with a song. Soft at first, then louder, like slow-rolling thunder, gentle harmonies that keep time with the clapping of hands. Soon there will be time for serious talk — of politics, hard labor and the struggle to find food — but for now there is only the music.Every Haitian man, woman and child knows this music, and during a recentRead More


The Cost of Winning Peace in Iraq

By Lee Feinstein

For all the talk about whether the United States should cede some control of rebuilding Iraq to the United Nations — which, out of self-interest, it probably should — peace will be extremely difficult to win without a serious economic commitment by the Bush administration.The recent experience in Afghanistan is a good reference point for theRead More


How Soloveitchik Saw Interreligious Dialogue

By Meir Soloveichik

In September 2000, a Baltimore-based institute for interfaith dialogue issued a statement titled “Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity.” The statement enumerated a series of theological beliefs shared by Jews and Christians, and insisted that such a statement was essential given the dramatic change during the last fourRead More


An Unholy Alliance

By Leonard Fein

Enough, already. This dalliance with right-wing Christian groups has passed from the disagreeable fringe into the absurd and even ominous center. It is not at all clear who is using whom, but it is an unnatural and distinctly unholy alliance, one that will surely leave us weaker rather than stronger.Read More


What is the Jewish State to the Children of Israel?

By Jo-Ann Mort

Recently I was asked to give a talk to my Reform synagogue’s bar and bat Mitzvah class. My Brooklyn neighborhood of brownstones and apartment buildings, nestled on the edge of Prospect Park, is a liberal, gentrified enclave, with a handful of Conservative and Reform synagogues within a several block radius. My synagogue has more than 1,000Read More





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