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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


Mideast Q&(No)A

By Leonard Fein

To what question is “helicopter gunships” the answer?It is virtually impossible to disengage the emotions while the carnage continues. One need not join or even sympathize with last week’s Jerusalem crowd shouting “Death to the Arabs!” as they viewed the bombed-out bus to feel disgust toward the Palestinians and utter cynicism toward the…Read More


Britain’s Institutional Judeophobia

By Barry Kosmin and Paul Iganski

For Britons who have been following the controversy surrounding the recent publication of a particularly nasty political cartoon in the Chicago Tribune, there has been a distinct sense of déjà vu.As press reports have it, the paper became — unwittingly, it claims — the vehicle for an antisemitic canard. That, at least, is how it appearedRead More


Letter to a Young Venture Philanthropist

By Mark Charendoff

Judging from the explosion in popularity of “venture philanthropy” initiatives in local communities, one would be excused for thinking we are in the midst of a renaissance of sorts.In federation after federation, these new groups are beginning with great fanfare and proceeding, or ending, with decidedly mixed results. One thing is certain,Read More


The Stuff Stump Speeches Are Made Of

By Roy Morrison

I’m standing with my son Sam outside of Bookends, our local bookstore, on Main St. in Warner, N.H. A man on a mission, my book “Tax Pollution, Not Income” under my arm. We’re waiting for former Vermont governor Howard Dean. The candidate is late. The rain’s just stopped, and it’s almost sunny.The place is packed, 200 people jammed intoRead More


Sad, But Not Surprising

No one familiar with the Middle East will be surprised by the spectacular wave of violence that erupted in Israel and the territories this week, while the applause was still echoing from last week’s peace summits in Aqaba and Sharm al-Sheikh.Deeply saddened, yes, but not surprised. Hamas, we knew, would strike sooner or later. And IsraelRead More


On Choice, a Wake-up Call

The ban enacted by Congress last week on the procedure known as “partial birth abortion” was unwise and arguably poses a real threat to women’s health. The procedure is an extremely rare, last-resort method, used when a woman needs to terminate a pregnancy at an advanced stage and other methods are deemed too dangerous. DenyingRead More


(Orthodo)X-Men, On Screen and Off

By Irving Greenberg

In our May 23 issue, Ami Eden argued that the opposing forces in the blockbuster film, “X2: X-Men United,” could be interpreted as metaphor for two radical theological responses to the Holocaust — one belonging to Rabbi Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, the other to the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. The good-guy mutants, Eden noted, are led by theRead More


Keep Taboo on Conversion to Christianity

By David Klinghoffer

On contemplating a Jew who has become a Christian, such as indicted corporate lawyer Mark Belnick, the sensation you get may be like being on a roller coaster that has begun its swooping drop from a great height, as if the bottom of your stomach had slid away. Featured in a recent front-page Wall Street Journal profile, Belnick provides anRead More


From Paris to Jerusalem

By Dominique De Villepin

I was in Israel several days ago, at the very time when the government of Israel accepted the diplomatic quartet’s “road map.” I came with a double objective: to instill a new dynamic in French-Israeli relations and to express my conviction that it is possible and necessary to seize the new opportunity that has been given forRead More


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