Forward Forum


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


First Reform Palestinian Authority, Then Negotiate

By Ileana Ros-Lehtinen

The urgency of Prime Minister Sharon’s efforts to bring about the reform of the Palestinian Authority and the emergence of a genuine, effective and trustworthy Palestinian partner for peace was driven home during my most recent visit to Israel leading a five-member congressional delegation.During our discussion,Read More


The Iraqi Challenge to Pax Americana

By Uzi Arad

Historians who examine the rise and fall of great powers frequently ask how a given power attained the status of empire. Some historians probe the essence of the imperialist urge — that is, they ask what awakened the aspirations that brought the great power to its preeminent status, since the growth of an empire has often been accompanied byRead More


Unleashing Women’s Leadership Potential

By Shifra Bronznick

In the last two years, five of the most significant organizations in the Jewish community have elected a woman as president or chair, each for the first time in its history.This is not mere coincidence. It reflects the beginning of a historic change. Just five years ago, a study of 45 major American Jewish organizations found that more than halfRead More


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


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


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


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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