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Good News for Wall Street, But Not for Main Street

By Gus Tyler

On July 3, the day before Independence Day, The Wall Street Journal brought good news about the future of the American economy. A poll of 54 economists found a high degree of optimism. They predicted that in the third quarter of this year, the Gross Domestic Product — the sum total of the economy’s output — would grow by an annualized rateRead More


Under the Mideast Knife

By Leonard Fein

And so the Bijani twins died after all. The world watched as a valiant team of 28 doctors and 100 medical assistants at Raffles Hospital in Singapore sought to separate the 29 year-old women conjoined at the back of their heads, an operation rarely undertaken on adults, never before — and not this time, either — successful.Read More


A Lesson Earned

By Robert Gershon

During the heady days of the 1990s’ Internet boom, on the spot hiring and job-hopping for higher salaries was the norm. It wasn’t unusual for people to leave fulfilling, well-paying jobs for “greener pastures.” Jobs were often offered as applicants left their first, brief interview.That all came to end in 2000, when theRead More


Another Victim of Terrorism

By Irwin Mansdorf

Cease-fire, troop withdrawal, prisoner release, less incitement — all hopeful signs that we were moving forward on the “road map” to Middle East peace. Then, boom, another terrorist attack on Monday, in Kfar Yavetz, near the Palestinian town of Qalqilya.The hailed path to coexistence, in the eyes of many, may just be the same oldRead More


Indecent Proposals

By Leonard Fein

So sparse have our victories been of late that we walk a bit taller in the wake of the Supreme Court’s surprising decision last week on affirmative action. There was, in truth, no reason to suppose that the court would rule as it did, nor that its ruling would be cast as generously as it was.For the time being, though, the battle…Read More


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


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


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