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  • Iraq War Not Just Means to Just End

    By Rabbi Arthur Waskow

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Two profound teachings of Jewish tradition should be guiding the actions of Jews today in regard to Iraq.

    The first is, "Tzedek, tzedek, tirdof," or "Justice, justice, shall you pursue." The ancient rabbis asked, "Why 'justice' twice?

    They answered: "Seek just ends by just means;...

  • War necessary and just under Jewish Law

    By Rabbi Irving Greenberg

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One cannot answer the question of whether going to war with Iraq is morally justified without first establishing what state we are in now.

    The truth, which many American Jews find too bitter to swallow, is that we are in a state of total war already. We face an implacable enemy who...

  • Beware of a ‘Farhoud’

    By Ehud Ya’ari

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Is the United States going to fight for that New Babylon, a democratic, peace-loving, malice-free Iraq that will serve as a model for the whole Arab re-gion? The answer is probably "yes."

    Is the success of the military operation guaranteed? Of course. There's no way that Saddam...

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  • Preparing for War

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    February 20, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Hi, uh, I need to prepare for the war," I awkwardly told the clerk at the Tel Aviv branch of Home Center. Somewhere in my tree-lined Northern Califonia brain, I expected him to have no idea what I was talking about. Instead, he efficiently led me to a section replete with full...

  • American Jews and Saddam: A Lesson from the 1930s?

    By Dr. Rafael Medoff

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Should American Jews support U.S. military action to remove Saddam Hussein from power? This question, which is the focus of so much discussion  in the Jewish community today, echoes a dilemma that wracked American Jewry during the 1930s.

    American public opinion during the 1930s...

  • The Need for Campus Activism

    By Roz Rothstein

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The level of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic sentiments on our campuses has been hotly debated in recent months. Some see an alarming surge of pro-Palestinian prejudices that drown out and intimidate supporters of Israel -- and too often cross the line into anti-Semitism....

  • Don’t Judge aBook by Its Cover

    By Yosef Reinman

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The media has been busy for months with "One People, Two Worlds" (Schocken Books, 2002), the book I co-authored with Ammie Hirsch, and the promotional tour from which I withdrew after two appearances in deference to the Council of Torah Sages. Now that the dust has settled somewhat,...

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