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For Aging Survivors, a Prescription for Disaster

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

Somewhere in hell, Hitler, Eichmann and their cohorts must be laughing.While elderly Holocaust survivors cannot afford proper medical treatment and are forced to subsist on the edge of poverty, the German government provides full healthcare and generous pensions to its World War II veterans. It is utterly obscene that former NaziRead More


The Continental Iraq Divide

By Leonard Fein

It is exceedingly difficult to know what to make of and how to react to European misgivings about the American approach to Iraq. Germany and France, dismissed by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld as history, have made clear their opposition to Washington’s insistence on regime change in Iraq and the Bush administration’s readiness…Read More


Perfect? No. But UJC Is a Success Story

By James Tisch

I’m baffled and left wondering what motivates those who trade in misinformation and are selective in memory and gathering of facts.On this page last week, United Jewish Communities and the continental Jewish federation system were erroneously portrayed as lacking in purpose and in tangible results (“Ill UJC Needs Second Opinion,” by ShoshanaRead More


Animal Rights and the Political Animal

By David Klinghoffer

Is Judaism a religion of the left or the right? Or neither? I raise the question because I’ve been reading a new book that on the surface seems to have little to do with Judaism. Matthew Scully’s “Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy” is one of the best books of the last year and, to many critics, oneRead More


Israel, Beyond The Terrorism

By Gil Troy

Oddly energized by the intellectual onslaught against the Jewish state, “Israel advocacy” is hot on campus these days. Yet there must be more to a Jew’s relationship with the Jewish state than countering “myths” with “facts.” We need a more positive and meaningful engagement with Israel.Alas, too many community leaders stereotype…Read More


One-Track Minds on Two-Track Mideast Solutions

By Larry Cohler-Esses

In 1975, Assistant Secretary of State Harold Saunders scandalized Congress by becoming the first administration official to tell lawmakers that the Palestinian problem was the “heart of the conflict” between Israel and its Arab adversaries. Despite the shellacking Saunders took for his stance, a generationRead More


My Good Doctor: Two Pleas for Understanding

The following exchange began with a letter to the Forward from Dr. Marek Edelman calling on his fellow physician, Dr. Mustafa Barghouti, to help initiate a joint Jewish-Palestinian movement for peace in the Middle East. Edelman’s letter and Barghouti’s response appear below.

Edelman, a cardiologist and human rights activist, is theRead More


Ill UJC Needs Second Opinion

By Shoshana Cardin

The ineffectiveness and torpor that pervades United Jewish Communities offers little comfort to those of us who were concerned and had misgivings about the overreaching and overly ambitious attempt to create a single entity that would be responsible for community services, resource development and allocations. Our federated system needs a central,Read More


The Semi-Cracked State of the Glass Ceiling in Israel

By Yael Dayan

Since its establishment in 1948, the State of Israel has had the image of a state in which women enjoy a full measure of equality.However, this image is somewhat misleading. The struggle for gender equality in Israel has been an uphill battle.Though the predominant ethos of the Zionist movement and the State of Israel has been enlightened — inRead More


Tend to Our Garden

By Daniel Sperber

Tu B’Shvat, which we observe this Saturday, challenges us to think seriously about how we might apply authentic Jewish values to the ecological challenges confronting our planet.Sadly, some Jews are not involved in this enterprise, even though they observe the traditions, for they identify environmentalism with nonreligious, even anti-religious,Read More


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