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Harry Truman, My Flawed Hero

By Abraham Foxman

Okay, the Richard Nixon tapes were one thing. But Harry Truman? A heroic president to Jewish people, with institutes and forests in Israel named after him — and now we learn from the recently discovered Truman diaries of 1947 that he, too, was capable of the most sordid antisemitic attitudes.“The Jews, I find are very, very selfish,”Read More


The ‘Jewish Issue’ Issue

By Leonard Fein

Some issues of Jewish life neither die nor even fade away. The most telling current evidence of that is the re-emergence, in recent weeks, of the “Is that a Jewish issue?” issue. Why, that is, should Jews — as Jews — care about this problem or that? Oughtn’t the Jewish agenda be limited to those matters that immediately and…Read More


When Poverty is Worth Less

By Avi Shafran

‘Chutzpah” was the title of an editorial in the June 6 issue of the Forward; the alleged audacity referred to was the Republican leadership’s exclusion of low-wage families from the recently enacted increase in the federal tax credit for families with dependent children.The editorial noted that “50 million households — those that…Read More


‘Never Again,’ Now in the Congo

By Jocelyn Hellig

‘A Sept. 11 toll, every day, for 666 days,” headlined a June 25 article in a Johannesburg newspaper, The Star, on the five-year-old conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.How odd. The death of at least 3.3 million Africans — exceeding the numbers killed in either the Korean or Vietnam wars — seems comprehensibleRead More


Waiting for Abu Mazen’s Altalena

By Moshe Maoz

As the Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, tries to stop Palestinian violence with a cease-fire rather than brute force, Israelis and their American supporters keep calling for a “Palestinian Altalena.”The Altalena was the much-chronicled ship loaded with munitions that the underground, militant Jewish militia, the Irgun, intendedRead More


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


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