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  • The complexity of the “Gilad Shalit” issue

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 24, 2012 | 10:30 am

    Gilad Shalit is one of the most sensitive topics in the Israeli discussion. It is the one thing we all agree on, but also one of the many things we have a disagreement on. The only problem is, it is very hard to disagree on such a delicate issue.

    The moment he was taken, there...

  • Haredi Free-Pass

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 26, 2012 | 10:13 am

    My recruitment for the army was simple.  When I was 17, I received a letter, calling me for a day of tests, which will help the army find the best type of service for me. After that, I went for several more interviews and tests. Then I received a letter with my recruitment date in...

  • Mideast Clash Not About Religion

    By Mona Eltahawy

    August 18, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not a Muslim issue. It is a dispute over land, it is about an occupation that must end and it is about a people who deserve a state. But it is not a religious dispute.

    For too long, the assumption that this is a religious conflict has gone...

  • Lights, Camera, Action, Israel

    By Gaby Wenig

    June 10, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Does Hollywood ignore the Israel issue? Some seasoned industry professionals are tackling the public relations problem head on by nurturing a group of novice filmmakers to create Internet movies that will get people thinking about Israel and Judaism.

    "There was a sense that a lot of...

  • The Self-Denying Prophecy

    By Lawrence H. Summers

    September 26, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    This address was given Sept. 17, 2002, at morning prayers at Harvard University's Memorial Church in Cambridge, Mass.

    I speak with you today, not as president of [Harvard] University, but as a concerned member of our community, about something that I never thought I would become...

  • Iraq Attack

    By Amy Klein

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    I don't want to give away any secrets here, but guess what? America may be planning a surprise attack on Iraq -- in fact, even as you read this, the "secret" war plans might have gone into effect.

    Whether the bid to unseat Saddam Hussein and dismantle his suspected nuclear weapons...

  • Beginnings and Endings

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Every newspaper editor knows that one day he will have to step down. He may put the idea out of mind or revel in denial. But the thought is always there, loitering out of sight. Departure may come suddenly by way of death, illness or age. Or it may spring up with the changes that...

  • SNew Weinberger Bombshell: Judge Asked for Pollard Memo

    By David Twersky

    October 7, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    Caspar Weinberger has dropped a bombshell that could dramatically affect the fate of Jonathan Pollard.

    In an interview in the September 1999 issue of the Middle East Forum, the former defense secretary says that his still-secret memo to Judge Aubrey Robinson was written at the request...

  • Paula Vogel’s ‘Lolita’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Playwright Paula Vogel grew up in suburban Maryland, where the country clubs did not accept her Jewish father. She endured genteel but unmistaken anti-Semitism at Bryn Mawr.

    "Because I am a Jew and a woman, I understand marginalization," says Vogel, author of the Pulitzer...

  • Hoop Dreams

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In a Chicago Tribune interview last October, shortly before pro basketball was shut down by a bruising lockout, players' union chief Billy Hunter waxed sentimental about his lifelong passion for defending the underdog. By way of illustration, he recalled how, as a teen-ager in...

  • Language Barrier

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 28, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    One thing is clear: The Jewish community can no longer be assumed to take a cohesive, liberal stand on political issues. Although Jewish organizations continue to oppose measures such as Proposition 227 (along with Propositions 187 and 209, ending...

  • Too Hot Kitchen?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Today the once-legendary Spanish Kitchen restaurant is a study in decay, the "K" missing from the neon sign, the arched storefront crumbling and covered with graffiti. It stands next door to the Yavneh Hebrew Academy, in the midst of a thriving Orthodox community on Beverly...