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The Particular Poignancy of Tisha B’Av, This Year in Jerusalem

By David Ellenson

Last March I spoke out publicly to express my distress when a scheduling difficulty made it impossible for Uri Lupolianski, an ultra-Orthodox Jew who was then the acting mayor of Jerusalem, to meet with a delegation from the Hebrew Union College—Jewish Institute of Religion’s Board of Governors. We had come to Israel to express solidarity withRead More


Demolishing Homes While Mourning Lost Temple?

By Brian Walt

This Thursday, while Israelis across town marked Tisha B’Av by mourning the destruction of our Temple, as many as 45 Palestinian families in the East Jerusalem neighborhoods of Jabel Mukaber, Sur Bacher, Shuafat and Beit Hanina were facing the impending demolition of their homes.None of these families, who in recent weeks had been informedRead More


A Jewish State, Or State of Jews?

By Leonard Fein

The conventional explanation for Israel’s more controversial measures, including in particular the security fence now under construction and the new marriage law passed by the Knesset, is that these are responses to the ongoing conflict. (The new marriage law cancels the automatic citizenship hitherto accorded Palestinian spouses…Read More


‘Russian’ Immigrants, In Search of a Communal Identity

By Leah Moses

In Russia we were called “Zhids.” Here in America we are called “Russians.”Why is it that no one, including ourselves, seems to be calling us what we are: Jews?At the first annual “Russian Heritage Week,” held in June in New York with Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s blessing, the best and brightest of our community were paraded around asRead More


Reporting On History In the Making

By Charles Enderlin

In his July 25 review of my book “Shattered Dreams,” Itamar Rabinovitch implies that any account which differs from those presented by “Clinton, Barak, Shlomo Ben-Ami, Dennis Ross” should be considered as “revisionist” (“Camp David Redux: The Reporter As Chronicler and Participant”).To this list of names, he adds Saudi PrinceRead More


Carrying A Big Stick

By Gil Troy

In June, Fatah power broker Marwan Barghouti wrote a note from his Israeli jail cell to Khaled Mashal, Hamas’s negotiator in Damascus, urging a cease-fire with Israel. Barghouti, who despite being on trial for the murder of 26 Israelis, passes for a “moderate” in the lethal caldron of Palestinian politics, observed that since the September…Read More


The Jewish Path to Success

By Adam Bellow

The news that Senator Joseph Lieberman had his two children on the campaign payroll as fundraisers with six-figure salaries raised some concerned eyebrows last month in the American Jewish community. Sure, Matt and Rebecca Lieberman are hard and effective workers, and since then have even taken a conspicuous pay cut — but couldn’t their fatherRead More


A Passion for Censorship

By David Klinghoffer

Mel Gibson’s forthcoming movie, “The Passion,” will dramatize the death of Jesus, portraying certain Jews of his day as morally culpable. It is already being denounced as antisemitic. From the anti-defamation groups, you expect this — scaring us is how they raise money. But when a painstakingly careful scholar such as PaulaRead More


This Time It’s Our War

By Leonard Fein

Few people thought more or knew more about war than Winston Churchill.“Let us learn our lessons,” he wrote on taking up arms. “Never believe any war will be smooth and easy or that anyone who embarks on that strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter.Read More


The Media as Mideast Mediator

By Lily Galili

Last month, as the violence raged unabated, more than 400 Israelis and 100 Palestinians gathered in front of Jaffa Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem to create a human chain in support of the peace process. The demonstration, newsworthy in its own right, also featured the unique spectacle of a group of gay Palestinians holdingRead More


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