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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


Who the Real Enemy Is

The high drama of the Iraqi crisis descended into low comedy for a moment last weekend when United Nations weapons inspectors set about demolishing their first batch of forbidden Al Samoud 2 missiles. Setting to work, the inspectors found that the missiles refused to disintegrate under the weight of the Iraqi bulldozers brought in for the job. TheRead More


If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It

Addressing the American Medical Association this week, President Bush laid out the broad contours of his plan for revamping Medicare. He’s proposing to fix something that basically isn’t broken, offering in its place a sulfurous brew of bad economics and bad social policy. The best that can be said about it is that it doesn’t stand aRead More


Carry the Legacy of Remembrance

By Kalman Sultanik

In the death camps, strangers became friends. When anyone was near death or about to be killed by the Nazis, they asked their fellow inmates, “Don’t forget me. Keep the memory alive.”The delegates who at last month’s annual meeting of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs called for restricting the disbursement of funds dedicatedRead More


Then They Came for the Romani Women

By Ruth Weinberger

I hear stories of forced sterilization experiments on a daily basis. I hear frail, old voices trying to explain what happened to them so many years ago at the hands of Nazi doctors. These Holocaust survivors struggle to describe the indescribable, fighting to recollect the horrific experiments to which they were subjected so thatRead More


Saudi Schools Keep Sowing Seeds of Hate

By David A. Harris

Meeting with leaders of the American Jewish Committee in New York last September, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal acknowledged a problem with his country’s schoolbooks, and he assured us that steps would be taken to rewrite them. He asserted, as he has in interviews with American media, that the problematic passages are limitedRead More


The Fallacy of Biological Judaism

By Robert Pollack

Observant Jews of centuries past understood that while being born a Jew was precious and important to one’s Jewishness, it was not necessary and certainly not sufficient for a full Jewish life. The central ideas and actions of a Jew have always had to be taught and learned, never inherited. Nevertheless, until recently many reasonable peopleRead 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


The Price Of U.S. Power

By Leonard Fein

Now comes the estimable Shimon Peres, Nobel peace laureate, erstwhile prime minister of the Third Jewish Commonwealth and principal developer of the intimate relationship between Israel and France during the 1950s — when France was Israel’s critical source of arms — and proposes that India replace France on the United Nations…Read More


Dawdling Diplomacy Emboldens Terrorists

By Ron Rubin

When confronted by terrorism, action trumps inaction. So runs the conceptual underpinning of President Bush’s case for military pre-emption. Despite such tough rhetoric, America’s dawdling diplomacy regarding the liberation of Iraq makes it seem as though the president has failed to heed his own rule of statecraft.Nearly half a year has passedRead More


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