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Leonard Fein

  • ‘Two-state solution’ faces a hornets’ nest

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the aftermath of the surprisingly upbeat Annapolis meeting, all the talk's about a two-state solution. The unwary may suppose that as soon as the domestic problems within Israel and among the Palestinians are resolved, the movement toward such a solution will be quite rapid. After...
  • The time has come for action on Darfur

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Will it never end?

    The "it" refers to the cruelty, the meanness, the violence that so have characterized our times and do still. While Iraq and Afghanistan continue to leech -- blood, treasure, honor -- it is other things I have in mind just now.

    The haunting question is the...
  • Where are the other Jewish anti-war voices?

    March 22, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    On March 12, by action of its Executive Committee, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) became the first national Jewish organization to take more than a tongue-clucking position on the Iraq war.

    It did what the United States Senate has been unable to do: It voted overwhelmingly to...

  • Rosa Parks’ Message for Today

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    There's been considerable coverage these last days of Rosa Parks, whose death a full half-century after the brief episode that rendered her an "icon" calls to mind a long-ago time. But there's been little evocation of the events and circumstances that earned Parks her iconic status,...

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  • Saving Zionism

    August 11, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Where Jewish terrorist Eden Natan-Zada lived -- first in Rishon L'Tzion, then evidently in Tapuach -- there is ostensibly an ideology that encourages the murders he committed last week in Shfaram. This so-called ideology is no more than a translucent patina that does not conceal the...

  • Immeasurable Faith

    July 14, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Perhaps there was a time when the secular/religious divide -- it is of the Jews I write -- made sense. In Eastern and Central Europe from 1850 to 1930, it may have been the case that seculars Jews were genuinely secular, as some few remain today.

    But here, now?

    For all that the...

  • The Measure of a Jew

    June 2, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    One of the signal contributions of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) over the many years has been its stream of publications reporting on and analyzing our community. Its annual American Jewish Yearbook has long been a staple in Jewish libraries; as David Harris wrote in his...

  • Israel Feeling Strains of Democracy

    March 10, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    When it suits us, we refer to Israel as "the only democracy in the Middle East." When it suits us, we refer to Israel as "the Jewish state" or "the state of the Jewish people." And now and then, we describe Israel as "a Jewish democratic state."

    But that last does not quite roll so...

  • Can One Imagine Another Herzl Arising?

    December 23, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The funeral took place in Vienna on July 7, 1904. The stunning announcement had come on the 4th: Theodore Herzl, dead at age 44.

    Here is Stefan Zweig's description of the day:

    "A strange day it was, a day in July, unforgettable to all who were there to see it. Because suddenly at...

  • Did Feith Cross the Pro-Israel Line?

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    However the sordid facts play out in the current FBI investigation of a senior Pentagon analyst's alleged spying on Israel's behalf, they raise a raft of nettlesome questions -- and memories.

    Recall, for example, that the heart of Jonathan Pollard's self-justification was that he...

  • Did Feith Cross the Pro-Israel Line?

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    However the sordid facts play out in the current FBI investigation of a senior Pentagon analyst's alleged spying on Israel's behalf, they raise a raft of nettlesome questions -- and memories.

    Recall, for example, that the heart of Jonathan Pollard's self-justification was that he...

  • Pursuit of Peace Requires New Coalition

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We have long since learned to swallow hard as the Israelis persist in policies that are ill-conceived and ill-executed, policies that threaten the entire Zionist enterprise.

    There are so many of these that we try to ignore and even justify targeted killings, "collateral damage," a...

  • Uniting Among the Rabbis of Tomorrow

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Pigs and roosters, oxen and bulls, horses and dogs (and more dogs), a skunk and perhaps a possum -- someone says a monkey -- and children everywhere, and all the noises which thereunto pertain, plus a sun that is as glaring and hot as the Negev sun. This is Ciudad Romero in El...

  • Who Causes Anti-Semitism?

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is a gathering hysteria in the American Jewish community that is dangerously self-destructive. Life as a Jew these days may not be -- is not -- a bed of roses, but neither is it a bed of thorns. Yet to hear some in our community tell it, thorns are all there are.

    Consider:...

  • Settlements Plan Spotlights Dark Issues

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The conventional explanation for Israel's more controversial measures, including, in particular, the security fence under construction and the new marriage law passed by the Knesset, is that these are responses to the ongoing conflict. (The new marriage law cancels the automatic...

  • U.S. Spending Ignores Domestic Deficits

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Write the word "fiscal" and know that a hefty proportion of your readers will find something else to read. So, let's talk about money instead.

    Specifically, about the money the states don't have.

    The only thing you need to know by way of background is that almost all states are...

  • Roadblock Arises to Subvert ‘Road Map’

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    What can account for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's recent assault on the State Department? Gingrich, just eight years ago Time magazine's Man of the Year, these days largely reduced to self-promotion (Check his Web site at newt.org.), is a senior fellow at the American...

  • All Is Not Lost

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In case you haven't noticed -- but of course you have -- these are not the best of times. There are even those who assert they are the worst of times, but on the perfectly reasonable supposition that things can always get still worse, I won't go that far.

    You've also noticed that...

  • Ignoring Opposition to War an Old Story

    March 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    What do Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boulder, Denver, New Haven, Atlanta, Chicago, Gary, Des Moines, Portland (Maine), Baltimore, Detroit, St. Paul, Newark, Jersey City, Santa Fe, New York City, Syracuse, Cleveland, Akron, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Austin, Burlington,...

  • Charming? Not the Word for Politics

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Plato described democracy as "a charming form of government." Well, perhaps in ancient Greece there wasn't much else to charm away the days. But on the eve of Israel's elections and President Bush's State of the Union, "charming" is hardly the word that comes first to mind in...

  • A Dangerous Beast

    August 23, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The rituals are familiar by now. The sudden bulletins; the footage of chaos and shock and devastation; the anxious wait for the casualty list; the statements of condemnation; the statements of justification; the insane competition over who gets the "credit;" the haunting search for...

  • Was FDR to Blame?

    April 19, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Scholars will doubtless continue to debate Franklin Roosevelt's actions -- and inaction -- regarding the Holocaust. What did he know? When did he know it? Didn't he care, or did he really believe that the best and quickest way to help the Jews was, as he repeatedly argued, to win the...

  • Sweatshop Days

    February 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Rose Freedman has died.

    Her death at 107 years of age has been widely noted, for Freedman was the last living survivor of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Co. fire, a calamity that claimed 146 lives. Just months ago, she was featured in a PBS documentary, "The Living Century," which told...

  • Sitting Idle

    December 21, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Africa is not much on our minds these days. We have obviously been preoccupied by America's election and by Israel's chaos. Many of us have long since stopped reading the news from Africa, since it is almost always gloomy -- Africa as the world's basket case, the one continent that...

  • Listening

    November 30, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish world is seething with resentment. Our current narrative is both familiar and depressing.

    Among its elements: Prime Minister Barak made Chairman Arafat an offer more generous than anyone had imagined he would, but Arafat chose the path of violence. This demonstrates...

  • Sitting Idle

    November 29, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Africa is not much on our minds these days. We have obviously been preoccupied by America's election and by Israel's chaos. Many of us have long since stopped reading the news from Africa, since it is almost always gloomy -- Africa as the world's basket case, the one continent that...

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