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How Soloveitchik Saw Interreligious Dialogue

By Meir Soloveichik

In September 2000, a Baltimore-based institute for interfaith dialogue issued a statement titled “Dabru Emet: A Jewish Statement on Christians and Christianity.” The statement enumerated a series of theological beliefs shared by Jews and Christians, and insisted that such a statement was essential given the dramatic change during the last fourRead More


Wrapping Justice in the American Flag

By Kathleen Peratis

Every modern war has its defining picture — the iconic image that stands for future generations as the summation of what the war was about. For World War II, it was the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima; for Vietnam, the naked girl fleeing a napalm attack; for the Six-Day War, the tousle-haired soldier weeping at the Western Wall.What willRead More


Damascus and World War

The sudden war of words that has erupted between Washington and Damascus in recent days is a sobering reminder of how perilously unpredictable this new world is that we’re living in, and how vast a task our government has taken on as it seeks to confront the perils head-on. The president and his aides have proven in Iraq that they have theRead More


Mapping the Genes

This past Monday, April 14, a group of scientists at the National Institutes of Health in Washington announced the completion of one of the most ambitious scientific projects ever undertaken, the mapping of the human genetic code. The announcement came 50 years almost to the day after the structure of DNA was first described in printRead More


Polish Chief Is Iraq War’s Surprise Winner

By Maurizio Molinari

The second Gulf war is not yet finished, but the Polish president, Alexander Kwasniewski, is already one of its winners. He has emerged alongside British Prime Minister Tony Blair as the European leader most visible in the military campaign.Poland’s place on the battlefield gave it new stature as a staunch ally of the United States in the war onRead More


No, War’s Opponents Need Not Apologize

By Leonard Fein

What shall those of us who opposed the war now say and do, save mumble that it’s not yet quite over and that real peace and democracy are still iffy propositions? For the most part, the victory has been swift, comprehensive and without the tens of thousands of civilian Iraqi casualties that some of us feared likely. Is it time, as right-wingRead More


Britain’s Disingenuous Iraq-Israel Linkage

By Abraham Foxman

In announcing his resignation from the post of British foreign secretary out of opposition to the war with Iraq, Robin Cook said: “I have heard it said Iraq has had not months but 12 years in which to complete disarmament, and that our patience is exhausted. Yet, it is more than 30 years since Resolution 242 called on Israel to withdraw from theRead More


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


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