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Solidarity With Israel Does Not an American Jewish Identity Make

By Zackary Sholem Berger

There needs to be a place on the spectrum for the recognition that Israel is not the natural center of American Jewish life. Unfortunately, the lack of such recognition reflects a deeper problem among American Jews — a mistaken notion that solidarity with Israel will substitute for deeper reflection about our Jewish purpose. Indeed, while manyRead More


Resigned to Regime Change

By Leonard Fein

There’s considerable talk about Saddam Hussein resigning, and that would doubtless be a good thing all around. Unfortunately, little thought has been invested in how he might be encouraged, beyond military pressure, to leave office voluntarily. What follows is not only intended to give the Iraqi leader the necessary push — as will be…Read More


Orthodox: Imbue Ritual With Spirituality

By Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

There is hardly an Orthodox Jewish community of any size in this country that does not have a day school, a Jewish high school and often a kollel of advanced scholars who are teaching and doing outreach in the community. The study of traditional texts is more widespread in American Orthodox Jewish communities today than ever before, and arguablyRead More


Our Responsibility to Holocaust Survivors

By Marilyn Henry

The Jewish Council for Public Affairs last month called for “any and all Holocaust-related funds” to be used to aid impoverished survivors. Amid reports of needy survivors in Florida and Boston, the JCPA passed a resolution at its annual plenum in which it objected to setting aside any discretionary funds for Holocaust education,Read More


Old-New Paths to Religious Renewal in America

By Jerome Epstein

One year ago this month, I announced a new campaign for Conservative synagogues in order to strengthen Jewish commitment. The campaign articulated a vision of synagogues stimulating congregants to climb the ladder of Jewish living by urging Conservative Jews to make a personal “Compact of Conservative Commitment.” The compact was basedRead More


Carry the Legacy of Remembrance

By Kalman Sultanik

In the death camps, strangers became friends. When anyone was near death or about to be killed by the Nazis, they asked their fellow inmates, “Don’t forget me. Keep the memory alive.”The delegates who at last month’s annual meeting of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs called for restricting the disbursement of funds dedicatedRead More


Then They Came for the Romani Women

By Ruth Weinberger

I hear stories of forced sterilization experiments on a daily basis. I hear frail, old voices trying to explain what happened to them so many years ago at the hands of Nazi doctors. These Holocaust survivors struggle to describe the indescribable, fighting to recollect the horrific experiments to which they were subjected so thatRead More


Saudi Schools Keep Sowing Seeds of Hate

By David A. Harris

Meeting with leaders of the American Jewish Committee in New York last September, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal acknowledged a problem with his country’s schoolbooks, and he assured us that steps would be taken to rewrite them. He asserted, as he has in interviews with American media, that the problematic passages are limitedRead More


The Fallacy of Biological Judaism

By Robert Pollack

Observant Jews of centuries past understood that while being born a Jew was precious and important to one’s Jewishness, it was not necessary and certainly not sufficient for a full Jewish life. The central ideas and actions of a Jew have always had to be taught and learned, never inherited. Nevertheless, until recently many reasonable peopleRead More


Getting To Know Ariel Sharon

By Leonard Fein

There is justifiable confusion regarding Ariel Sharon’s intentions, now that he has established a new government. Herewith, then, are some useful tips on how to relate to Israel’s recently re-elected prime minister.Do not envy him. Sharon presides over a failing economy with negative growth, a chronic war with a corrupt and relentless enemy, aRead More


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