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08/28/06: Something Less Than Victory: The notion of an Israeli "defeat" tests Diaspora support in more ways than one
08/08/06: Bush critics need to acknowledge unparalleled support for Israel
07/27/06: Who Really Teaches Hatred?
07/20/06: Drawing Lines in the Sand
07/11/06: The Real Religion of ‘Peace’
06/22/06: Photos Really Do Lie
06/01/06: Despite applause for Olmert, he can't count on unconditional American support
05/19/06: The Conflict in a Nutshell
05/02/06: The Limits of Sympathy
04/25/06: Shutting Up Won't Quiet Critics
04/12/06: Don't let non-Exodus theme Seders overshadow the original story
03/29/06: If you build it, will they come?
03/15/06: Halting aid to the P.A. means nothing if funds shift to the 'humanitarian' front
03/09/06: Dubai deal raises sticky questions, as well as hypocritical carping
03/03/06: Should we just give Hamas a chance?
02/22/06: ‘Ethics’ legislation will only make the system less democratic
02/17/06: Who Gets Left Behind? Church-state purists are facing a conundrum
02/09/06: Do ties to terror really matter?
01/16/06: Focus on pliability of Sharon's successor ignores the real 'peace process' story
12/07/05: Spielberg's not so subtle commentary about our post 9-11 world is the ultimate obscenity
12/07/05: How to Stop Academic Bias? Cut Off Their Funding!
11/30/05: GOP and Dems take aim at Jewish vote with calls to arms against different foes
11/23/05: The Blame Game Continues
11/16/05: Putting Islamism on the defensive
11/07/05: The anniversary of Rabin's murder leaves some as befuddled as the event itself
10/31/05: Is the choice Abbas or the abyss?
10/24/05: Kofi's U.N. charm offensive
10/17/05: Religious tests and the Court
10/07/05: Apologies Aren't Necessary!
09/26/05: The implosion of Israel's leading party will have consequences for the U.S. alliance
09/15/05: Some unwanted history lessons
08/22/05: Don't Expect Any Applause: Why territorial concessions don't make Israel more popular with its critics
08/11/05: ‘Now the Stones Will Speak’
08/03/05: It's the Act That Counts!
07/21/05: The Selling of the Jewish State
07/13/05: Dumbing down the War on Islamic terror
06/30/05: Righteousness comes cheap
06/23/05: How partisan politics — the real motive behind the huffing and puffing about Guantanamo — can lead otherwise sensible people to loose their grip on common sense
06/15/05:Bush's romance with Abbas leaves GOP with some explaining to do
06/06/05: Dialogue of the deaf
05/23/05: The ‘Martyr’ and the Matriarch
05/23/05: Getting tough with the wrong guy
05/13/05: How Pure Must a Good Cause Be?
05/09/05: Theocracy or Hypocrisy?
05/02/05: Myths of the Intellectuals
05/02/05: Myths of the Intellectuals
04/11/05: A Nation of 'Fourth Sons': How do you educate Jews who don't even know how to ask a question?
04/11/05: A double-barreled scandal
04/11/05: Helping and hurting
04/04/05: Unsettling diversions
03/17/05: Learning our lesson: Palestinian-aid debate shows perils of both ignoring the past and living in it
03/01/05: Put the celebrations on hold: The war against Israel isn't over
02/22/05: Closed Door? GOP split on immigration makes for an issue with a confusing set of allies
02/22/05: The Conquest of 'Eurabia'
02/14/05: Who's Being Silenced?
02/07/05: Lower Our Voices?
01/25/05: Will good deeds go unpunished?
01/21/05: Harry Shirt flap obscures real anti-Semitism
01/17/05: Cheerleaders and skeptics of latest peace moves need to be careful
01/10/05: Jewish groups that take sides in budget and tax wars wind up pursuing somebody else's agenda
01/03/05: Do new ‘brands’ bring meaning, money and happiness to Jewish groups?
12/23/04: Faith in democracy is at stake in debate about Iraq and the Palestinians
12/16/04: That Old Standby — the Scapegoat
12/10/04: A ‘Chrismukkah’ world
11/30/04: A pro-Israel group teaches us a lesson about Evangelicals and ourselves
11/19/04: Conventional wisdom rides again
11/11/04: They still don't get it
11/08/04: What ‘reform’ wrought
11/01/04: Civic Sacrament
10/25/04: In praise of inertia
10/19/04: Doubts about 'Palestinian' credibility ought to sound alarm for journalists
10/13/04: Decoding 'Palestinian' strategy helps us understand another threat
10/11/04: At U.N., No Division Between Aid and Terror
10/04/04: Celebrating 350 years of Jewish life shouldn't mean ignoring real problems
09/27/04: Do Journalists Take Sides?
09/22/04: A Monument to Failure
09/14/04: Time to take the 5765 Jewish pundit quiz on next year's news
09/01/04: Shadow on the Alliance
08/26/04: Game Over?
08/19/04: We may be ‘One’, but which ‘One’?
08/13/04: Sucker's Bet
08/05/04: Lessons from the other Warsaw Uprising
07/28/04: America's Europhile candidate needs to address the continent's anti-Israel tilt
07/26/04: Media tales of victims leave out the real culprit
07/21/04: There's nothing wrong with a pandering platform
07/14/04: International court grants Arabs a right to terror and Israelis a right to die
07/09/04: Political pulpit-phobia
06/25/04: Attempts to cast the war in Iraq as a plot should give its critics pause 06/16/04 Too high a Wall
06/09/04 Reagan's place in Jewish history rests on more than record number of votes
06/03/04: Pause and Remember
05/21/04: Politics and pictures
05/13/04: Tortured reasoning
05/03/04: Unilaterally Yours
04/23/04: A historic shift
04/16/04: The Javits Factor
04/08/04: An Overrated Virtue
04/01/04: Tenth Plague Revisited
03/24/04: Yassin's death is justice long overdue
03/19/04: No Way Out of War
03/10/04: Tap dancing to Washington
03/01/04: A safe place for what?
02/24/04: The Children of ‘Commentary’
02/12/04: Don't Bow to the 'Beeb': Collapse of BBC's credibility isn't just a British issue
02/09/04: The Bones of Our Dead
02/02/04: Joining the Party
01/26/04: Politically Incorrect Historian
01/20/04: Backlash against Bush immigration proposal confuses fear with security
01/08/04: 'Move On' Over the Edge
12/28/03: Urban Legends of Vermont: Overreaction to Dean's loose tongue shouldn't stifle questions about candidate's stands
12/11/03: He's No Angel: Kushner book illustrates the need for liberals to take back the left for Israel
12/11/03: Anti-Israel and Anti-Semite
12/04/03: A False Peace
12/01/03: Let's Make Believe
11/24/03: It's not 1938, but anti-Semitic violence should cause us to focus on the war against terror
11/13/03: When Some Money Talks, Don't Listen
11/10/03: No Tribal Solidarity
10/31/03: Who Lost the Campus? Animus against Israel goes deeper than policy disagreements with Sharon
10/27/03: Should America blame itself for the Muslim world's hatred?
10/17/03: So much for democracy
09/12/03: The Cult of Objectivity
09/02/03: Get Out Your Crystal Ball!
09/12/03: An Uncomfortable Feeling
09/12/03: An end to the delusions
09/02/03: Unnecessary Quagmire
08/25/03: Speaking Truth to Jewish Power
08/08/03: Second-guessing Tom DeLay
08/01/03: Tabling the Truth
07/25/03: ‘The Obstacle is Terrorism’
07/17/03: A Pointless Sacrifice: How did a New Jersey teen come to embody everything we hate about high school?
07/11/03: Deja Vu All Over Again: Will U.S. and Jewish support for the Palestinian Authority aid peace?
06/27/03: ‘We Must Teach Our Children’: The battle to prioritize Jewish day schools is still being fought
06/20/03: Prey to the same trap: Bush needs to return to a vision of moral clarity on the Middle East
06/13/03: Trading Places: Left- and right-wing Jews are both changing their minds about President Bush
06/09/03: Lessons From History: Some analogies make for bad advice to peacemakers and historians
05/30/03: Bush's flight plan to nowhere
05/23/03: The 13th Tribe Speaks
05/16/03: Credibility on the Line: Lack of trust for journalists didn’t grow out of a vacuum
05/12/03: Redefining ‘Pro-Israel’: American Jews who lobby for pressure on Israel are pushing the envelope
04/25/03: One, Two, Three Strikes They're Out
04/21/03: Critics of the Iraq war ought to be held accountable for their folly
04/11/03: The next battle: Delegitimizing pro-Israel voices is priority for Arab lobby after Iraq
04/04/03: Road map, road kill: Israel might pay a heavy price for the Iraq war, but there's a chance it won't
03/28/03: No time to keep quiet: Fear leads some Jews to avoid speaking out in favor of the war in Iraq
03/21/03: "Shielded" From the Truth
03/13/03: Scapegoats anyone?
03/10/03: Can't buy him love
03/03/03: Stereotypes and settlements
02/24/03: The darker side of peace protests
02/13/03: Prudence, not Prejudice
02/06/03: Misunderstood Verdict
01/24/03: Clearing up some misconceptions about the upcoming Israeli election
01/21/03: You're on your own now, Joe
01/14/03: Unneeded Advice
01/07/03: Figuring Out Bush
12/31/02: Gambling with lives
12/23/02: History counts
12/16/02: An end to the deception
12/10/02: In praise of troublemakers
12/02/02: Out of the mouths of the 'ignorant'
11/18/02: Seeking a Jewish Agenda
11/11/02: The other election: Count on the media to get it wrong, too
11/07/02: Too Late for the 60s: Campus opposition to Iraq war is driven by nostalgia and animus for America
10/30/02: A Pitcher and a Mentsh: Sandy Koufax's 'Jewish sensibility' made him an unlikely Jewish hero
10/23/02: This controversy is more about who we are than how many of us there are
10/14/02: Is there anything dumber than repudiating Christians who support Israel?
10/09/02: Academic mafia targets truth-teller Pipes
10/07/02: The Soul of the Democrats? With Gore sliding to the left, Lieberman's voice is needed on Iraq
09/30/02: Let them hit back
09/23/02: Can great music transcend politics?
09/17/02: No Guts, but Lots of Glory: Prominent Jewish dissenters on Israel aren't showing courage
09/09/02: Get out your crystal ball!: Time to take the 5763 Jewish pundit quiz on next year's news
09/03/02: This is no time for American Jews to pull their political punches
08/26/02: Sales pitch or selling out?
08/20/02: Rumsfeld to the Rescue: The Pentagon chief is a bastion of common sense
08/05/02: Passing the Test
07/29/02: Anti-Israel Green cranks belong on the fringes of American politics and Jewish life
07/22/02: Midsummer Night's Questions
07/15/02: Unknown History, Unheroic Martyrs: Telling the story of some of Stalin's Jewish victims
07/08/02: Not the Sum of Our Fears
07/03/02: Of Thee We Sing: Bush push for democracy is fitting tribute to Fourth of July
07/01/02: Off-Key Dissent: Bush's Middle East peace speech was great, but some Jews didn't get it
06/24/02: Our own worst enemy?
06/17/02: NPR Strikes Back
06/10/02: June 1967 Revisited: New book on war debunks myths and offers insight into a war that never ended
06/03/02: Jews are wrong to worry about America, right to be alarmed about the rest of the world
05/28/02: Back to Reform School
05/20/02: Who's Trying to Silence Free Speech? Media counterattack against bias charges misses the point
05/13/02: Does the truth even matter? Why does the world ignore proof of Saudi and Arafat links to terror?
05/06/02: 'Acceptable' Terror: For some people, killing of "settlers," is no crime
05/01/02: Massacring the Truth
04/29/02: Push for humanitarian aid to 'Palestinians' ignores terror links
04/22/02: We Know Who's in the Right
04/15/02: Bush isn't the only one who doesn't quite comprehend what is at stake in the Middle East
04/05/02: The backlash against Israeli self-defense is pure hypocrisy
03/22/02: Empty places at the table: How much will Israel be asked to sacrifice this year?
03/15/02: No Shortage of Stupidity
03/08/02: No sanctuary for terror
03/01/02: Tom's Big Peace Proposal
02/19/02: The man who knows too much
02/11/02: Though his cause is discredited, Arafat's friends in the media still go on the counterattack
02/04/02: Can Sharon parlay Bush's support into future security for the country?
01/28/02: Secular rabbis Planting Mischief
01/21/02: Shipping out: Why the 'Karine A' story failed to register on some radar screens
01/15/02: Is there life after liberalism?
01/07/02: Believing Christians better wake-up to Arafat's ultimate goals
12/24/01: Confounding his critics, Bush is getting it right on terror
12/20/01: Complacence led to belated effort against Hamas front
12/17/01: Are the Suburbs Bad for the Jews?
12/10/01: An End to Illusions
12/03/01: Reconciling Justice and Security: An America at war experiences Israel's legal dilemmas
11/26/01: Academia's Arabist Cheering Section
11/19/01: The limits of tolerance
11/12/01: In whose interests?
11/05/01: The Price of Principle
10/29/01: Israel cannot be asked to sacrifice any more of its people merely to please Colin Powell and the Saudis
10/22/01: They've Got to Be Kidding! Peace-prize committee and State Department have trouble connecting the dots
10/15/01: Divide and Conquer: The war on terror is just, but Powell's efforts to isolate Israel are not
10/08/01: Glamour-girl newsies fall prey to Arab lies
09/28/01: The Limits of Fairness
09/24/01: Some of those complaining the loudest about anti-Arab prejudice have themselves justified terrorism
09/20/01: Rather than blaming Israel, America must join with it to fight terror
09/11/01: Israel crisis highlights problem of creating next generations of educated Jews
09/04/01: The Price of Euphoria: Oslo helped disarm Israel and legitimize a terrorist regime
08/27/01: Hillel Kook, aka Peter Bergson, showed American Jews how to stand up and be heard
08/13/01: In Praise of Unilateralism
08/06/01: Israel's critics re-write history to justify Arafat and Oslo
07/30/01: In Cold Blood
07/20/01: The up-and-down career of a warrior for democracy
07/17/01: Who Will Speak for the Jews?
07/10/01: Exporting American Values
07/05/01: Missing in Action
06/22/01: Examining the high price of separation of religion and state at work and at school
06/15/01: Face to Face With the Jewish Future
05/30/01: Did You Have a Nice 'Catastrophe' Day?
05/21/01: No moral equivalence
05/14/01: Pope John Paul II’s precious legacy was trashed by Vatican policy and Syrian hate
05/07/01: Civility and deicide
04/30/01: Unasked Questions: The Bill Clinton Road Tour Commences
04/23/01: Painful debates over Allied inaction during the Holocaust continue to fester
04/16/01: Big League Jews
04/12/01: In Every Generation
04/10/01: X-treme Politics
03/23/01: Anti-Semites Past, Present and Future
03/16/01: A good deed that will not go unpunished
03/12/01: Faith and accountability
03/02/01: From Bach to Wagner via Jerusalem
02/23/01: Did the Jews make him do it?
02/15/01: Stop Apologizing!
02/09/01: Sharon's landslide sends a signal to American Jews
02/02/01: Getting Ready for Arik
01/26/01: Perceptions of media bias against Israel are more than just Jewish paranoia
01/19/01: Who Showed Leadership on Jerusalem?
01/15/01: Forget about Jews in the Cabinet, 'charitable choice' is the real issue to debate
01/09/01: Clinton’s Last Stand
01/05/01: Will American Jews find their voice as Jerusalem is carved up?
01/02/01: Dividing Jerusalem
12/25/00: The Real December Dilemma
12/22/00: A Time for Miracles
12/18/00: Their Worst Nightmare
12/13/00: The perils of partisanship
12/04/00: Was Clinton Israel's 'Best Friend'?
11/28/00: Blaming Ourselves
11/17/00: A Jewish identity based on left-wing politics is no more survivable than last month’s bagels and lox
11/10/00: Struggling With a Crisis of Faith: Clap your hands if you still believe in Oslo
11/03/00: Handicapping Bush and Gore on Jewish Issues
10/27/00: The Lieberman Watch
10/23/00: American Jews must not let Israel be isolated
10/13/00: When Ideology Collides With Facts
10/03/00: Get Out Your Crystal Ball: It’s time to take the 5761 Jewish Pundit Quiz!
09/26/00: When neutral observers aren’t so neutral
09/15/00: The Friends of Our Foes
09/08/00: Unfortunate Pilgrim
09/01/00: A Place for Faith
08/25/00: What a Country, Indeed!
08/18/00: Convention Fluff Shows Genius of American Democracy
08/11/00: Religion in Politics, Jewish-Style
08/04/00: In the Land of Oz
07/28/00: Republicans struggle for wedge issues with Jews
07/21/00: The Righteous Among the Nations
07/14/00: Don’t Blame Bill
07/07/00: Separation Anxiety
06/30/00: Questionable Sentences and False Martyrs
06/22/00: Off the Reservation
06/16/00: Falling for Dictators
06/14/00: From Lebanon to Jerusalem
06/02/00: Is It Kosher to Boycott Dr. Laura?
05/26/00: Chutzpah or Quiet Diplomacy?
05/19/00: Embracing the rhetoric of compassion is not the same as defending Jewish interests
05/12/00: Human Rights or Cash?
05/05/00: Post-Zionist Headache
05/02/00: A Justified Obsession
04/25/00: What Questions Did We Ask?
04/14/00: When the Diaspora Must Speak Up
04/07/00: Injustices & Impositions
03/31/00: Romancing Assad
03/24/00: Are We Ready for a Jewish Veep?
03/17/00: Voyage Into the Heart of Liberal Darkness
03/10/00: Re-educating American Jewry
03/03/00: The Company They Keep
02/25/00: A Misstep on the Road to Reconciliation
02/18/00: A Long Tradition of Scandalmongering
02/11/00: Eyes Wide Shut: Outrage over Haider ignores real source of anti-Semitism
02/04/00: How Assimilation Can Work for Us
01/28/00: Something is Missing This Year
01/20/00: Whose Jerusalem?
01/14/00: Racialism Run Amuck
01/12/00: Arguing About Peace
01/07/00: The ‘Peace Bug’ Strikes Home
01/03/00: Ending the Argument
12/23/99: Movement of the Millennium: The Zionist Top 10
12/17/99: Does Middle East Peace Mean the End of History?
12/13/99: The Bottom Line of the Holocaust
12/02/99: Can the Jewish state afford a more moral foreign policy?
11/24/99: Pondering the Panderers
11/18/99: Blood Libel Revisited
11/12/99: Jewish Pride and a Career Are a Good Match
11/05/99: The Price of History: Understanding the Legacy of Pope Pius XII
10/25/99: Can We Still Ask, 'Is It Good for the Jews?'
10/08/99: Advocates of reform need to remember the law of unintended consequences
10/04/99: All's Fair in Love, War and Jewish Politics
09/24/99: The Silence of the Pundits
09/17/99: When Forgiveness Becomes a Political Question
09/14/99: Get Out Your Crystal Ball: It's Time to Take the 5760 Jewish Pundit Quiz!
09/03/99: Two Degrees of Outrage: From burgers to the Holocaust museum: stories worth getting angry about
08/27/99: Opening up Historical Cans of Worms: Myths and facts about Edward Said and Israel's War of Independence
08/20/99: Don't let the California Jewish community center shooting distract us from our real problems
08/13/99: Hebron: Where Past, Present and Future Collide
08/06/99: Probing The Limits of Civility: When Community Relations Collides With Communal Interests
07/30/99: What They Covered and What We Did Not
07/23/99: Barak and American Jews: Laying down the ground rules for dissent in the era of Ehud
07/16/99: Oy, Hillary!: The dubious pleasures of political pandering
07/12/99: Summer Stories: The Devil Is in the Details
07/02/99: The Elusive Search For Editorial Balance
06/25/99:Who Changed the Rules?: Among American Jews, it's getting harder to tell the difference between mainstream and marginal
06/11/99: Choosing the Jewish Future: The question is: What kind of a Jewish community do we really want?
06/11/99: Small Stories With Important Conclusions
06/04/99: Local Heroes Wanted: Taking Hebrew School Seriously
05/28/99: Kosovo's Chicken Hawks and Cluster Bombs
05/19/99: Not to Bibi: Netanyahu's Downfall Is His Own Doing
05/13/99: The search for Jews in outer space continues
05/10/99: Cheering From the Sidelines: American Jews are more than interested observers of Israel's election
05/05/99: Perilous Diplomacy: Palestinians Want To Go Back To 1947
04/30/99: Politically Conservative and Jewish: Not an Oxymoron After All
04/23/99: Notes From the Home Front
04/16/99: The Sporting Jews: Making America's Game Our Own
04/09/99: From Silence to Cacophony: Holocaust metaphors are the coin of the realm
04/05/99: A Righteous but Confused Cause: Kosovo war shines a light on our principles and our hypocrisy
03/19/99:Jewish Art, Jewish Artists: Making beautiful music is no guarantee of goodness
03/17/99: When Jewish Foes Come Together
03/11/99: The Lingering Romance of the Jewish Left: When naming names was a righteous cause
03/05/99: Sacred Cows Make the Best Hamburgers
02/25/99: Changing Our Minds on School Choice
02/18/99: Morality Play: Mixing Politics and Values Is a Tricky Business
02/11/99:Of Human Rights and Wrongs
02/05/99:The Bibiphobia Conspiracy
01/27/99: Israel and Us: Putting Up or Shutting Up
01/20/99: The High Cost of Jewish Education
01/14/99The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Have American Jews finally arrived?
01/06/99 Israel: The Millennial Theme Park
12/30/98 Memo to Bubba: Israel ain't Monica, keep yer hands off!
12/22/98 Calling Things by Their Right Names
12/12/98 Good news...and bad news
11/05/98 What price free-speech?
10/30/98: Haunted by the past
10/23/98: American Jewry: Ethnicity or faith?
10/15/98: Converts, saints and Jews: Confronting the story of Edith Stein
10/02/98: Bibi: No Messiah, just a politician
9/11/98: Politics ‘98: By their enemies shall ye know them
9/04/98: Pro-terror groups' cry of discrimination rings hollow
8/28/98: Defending the undefendable;Or, the AJCongress should stop wasting Jewish resources
8/21/98: Is 'Jewish journalism' an oxymoron?
8/14/98: Holding on to our heroes
8/07/98: Three strikes, but they continue to play
7/23/98: Zionist vs Zionist
7/17/98: Summer news stories: Large and small
7/13/98: A step closer to school choice
6/26/98: The Holocaust Museum and Mort Klein
6/12/98: What price Jewish education?
6/5/98: Ten books for a long, hot summer: A serious vacation reading list for Jewish history lovers
5/29/98: Double standards here and there: Hypocrisy raises its ugly head in Israel and the U.S.
5/26/98: Hartford Seminary tangle points to bigger issues
5/22/98:The importance of being Bibi
5/14/98: The ‘dream palace' of the anti-Zionists: Hartford Seminary controversy has historic roots
4/26/98: All-rightniks versus the alarmists: Focussing on the Jewish bottom line
4/13/98:Of ends and means and victims
4/5/98: Hang up on Albright
3/29/98: Bigshots or activists?: Clinton's three clerics return from China
3/27/98: Will American Jews help Clinton push Israel into a corner?
3/22/98: Anti-Semitism then and now
3/15/98: Still searching for Jews at the opera
3/11/98: Remembering Eric Breindel
3/8/98: Getting lost in history
3/5/98: Follow the money to Hamas
2/22/98: Re-writing "Anne Frank" - A distorted legacy
2/15/98: Religious persecution is still a Jewish issue
2/6/98: A lost cause remembered (the failure of the Bund)
2/1/98: Economic aid is not in Israel's interest
1/25/98: Jews are news, and a fair shake for Israel is hard to find

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