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And Social Justice for All

By Leonard Fein

In case you haven’t noticed — but of course, you have — these are not the best of times. There are even those who assert they are the worst of times, but on the perfectly reasonable supposition that things can always get still worse, I won’t go that far.Read More


A Monumental Failure at Belzec

By Avi Weiss

Several years ago the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum decided to build a Holocaust memorial for the 600,000 Jews murdered at Belzec.Last June, I warned on these pages that “Despite assurances by museum officials that ‘we are being careful in construction not to disturb any human remains,’ anyone familiar with the Belzec…Read More


Dangers of a Drawn-out War

By Martin Van Creveld

Sixty-two years ago this week, on April 6, 1941, Germany went to war against Yugoslavia.Then, as now in Iraq, a small country served as a vital source of raw materials — in the case of Yugoslavia, nonferrous metals — to a much larger and more powerful one. Then, as now, that country refused to follow the great power’s rules. Hitler’sRead More


‘Soprano’ Zionism

By Gil Troy

My grandmother used to sigh, “Shver tsu zayn a yid” — it’s tough to be a Jew. These days, though, it’s even tougher to be a Zionist. It is an act of triple-chutzpah.Diaspora Zionists risk the opprobrium of anti-Zionists who libel Zionism as racism, of Israelis like writer A.B. Yehoshua who uses crude sexual terms to sneer that Diaspora…Read More


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


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


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