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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


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


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


America Severs Its Abrahamic Ties, One ‘Small, Good Thing’ at a Time

By David Klinghoffer

The writer Raymond Carver once penned a short story with a distinctly minimalist yet memorable title: “A Small, Good Thing.” It’s about a boy who dies in a hospital of “complications,” and whose parents are comforted by a friendly baker who gives them warm rolls — food being a “small, good thing” that makes us feel better when weRead More


Prime Minister Sharon and the Belgian Tool of Law

By Arthur Lenk

A central message of Jewish history is that justice, true justice, must be sought. The most enduring image of Israel’s great King Solomon was not as a warrior, a conqueror, a lover or a builder. The picture most of us first think of is his message of justice and the rule of logic and law.Israel properly takes great pride in its Supreme Court andRead More


Trust Bush To Trust Congress

By Gil Troy

Just who is George W. Bush? Is he “Top Gun,” as Newsweek recently crowned him, or “The Right Man,” as David Frum argues in his book, a master of strategy besting Democrats and Iraqis with ease? Is he the “deliberate, patient” visionary Bob Woodward depicts in “Bush at War,” a leader so clever, so engaged, that the “most awful…Read More


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