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How To Make Yeshiva Day School Tuition Affordable

By Shalom Lamm

The American Orthodox Jewish community has enjoyed decades of freedom, strength, growth and self-confidence unprecedented in the history of the Diaspora. We are the freest Jews in virtually every respect in at least the last 2,500 years. There is a lot to celebrate, starting with the quality and availability of Jewish education.The number ofRead More


‘Road Map’ to Peace ...

By Marvin Lender

In recent days, groups of pro-Israel activists have begun voicing alarm, mostly in private, over the prospect that the “road map,” the plan backed by the Bush administration for addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, is nearing implementation. This alarm, if translated into active efforts to delay or derail the road map, would beRead More


‘Road Map’ to Peace ...

By David Forman

I am a confirmed Israeli liberal. I believe there should be a Palestinian state on virtually all the land occupied by Israel since 1967. I feel strongly that the vast majority of the settlements should be dismantled. Doubtful that the Palestinians and us are capable, on our own accord, of reaching a peace agreement, IRead More


Shame on Envious Anti-Americanism

By David Klinghoffer

‘Aman,” the Talmud teaches us, “envies everyone but his son and his student.” In all the talk surrounding the war in Iraq, the pervasiveness of envy and a related emotion, shame, has gotten far less attention than it deserves.We may wish to think that leaders and nations are driven by visions of the future, whether for goodRead More


How To Rule But Not Lead

By Leonard Fein

As nearly as I can recall, the last war-related protest in which I participated — in fact, helped organize — was a protest in favor of American intervention in Bosnia. The year was 1993, just a decade ago. Europe then as now was passive, unwilling to put an end to the carnage. And so were we. Indeed, among the most vociferous opponents…Read More


The New Powell Doctrine

By Ron Rubin

Regardless of how the war with Iraq unfolds, the six-month American dalliance with the United Nations over the future of Saddam Hussein represents one of this country’s main post-Cold War diplomatic defeats. What makes this disaster even more aggravating is that the wounds were self-inflicted and avoidable.Future historians will blame thisRead More


The Bush Administration’s Suffocating Secrecy

By Steven Aftergood

Even as the war in Iraq unfolded, President Bush signed an executive order Tuesday establishing a new policy on national security secrecy. The new secrecy policy had been awaited with anticipation, or dread, because it redefines what government information will be made available to the public and what will be withheld.The new Bush policy is lessRead More


Europe’s Blind Antisemitism…

By Lauren Gottlieb

In the Belgian capital of Brussels, as in most other parts of Western Europe, very few people carry guns. But everyone has a finger to point.The power of this observation was made especially clear to me one Saturday morning last fall as I walked several of my host family’s children to synagogue. It was cloudy and drizzling, as most autumn daysRead More


… Perceives All Jews as Representatives of Israel

By Moses Constantinis

In the minds of many here in Greece and across Europe, the State of Israel was and is considered the state of the Jews. The Greek public does not clearly distinguish between Israelis and Jews, and even government officials often refer to all Israelis as Jews in their speeches, although not maliciously.There are Greeks who believe that anythingRead More


Abraham’s Iraq Mistake

By David Klinghoffer

‘Turn it over and over, for everything is in it.” So the mishnaic tractate Pirke Avot tells us of the capaciousness of Torah: Everything that concerns us in our private or public lives is addressed by Jewish tradition — everything, including what America’s plans should be for post-war Iraq.In making the case for war, President Bush spoke…Read More


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