Most thoughtful people recognize that the world is a complicated place. And most also understand that serious and stubborn problems are complex and not easy to solve. One of the most frightening and stubborn problems we face today is the terrible violence and suffering that we...
New citizenship law has Jews worldwide flocking to tiny Portugal city
Robert Kennedy assassin, Sirhan Sirhan, denied parole
Israeli Airbnb guest refused by British host because of ‘aggressive settlers’
I’m not your mitzvah project
Fighting Nice: Rob Eshman and David Suissa – Wed., Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Stephen S. Wise Temple
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After I wrote my paean to backyard goats and the noble, friendly character of goats in general, I received something I didn’t expect—universal agreement. Readers came out of the closet/stall/barn to tell me how their hearts, too, have been captured by these animals. My favorite...
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What was the driving force behind Saddam Hussein's behavior? Was it his Arabness? His Islam? Or just generic cruelty?
There is a famous story from the Jahiliyya, that long period in Arabia before the emergence of Islam, about a Jew named Samaw'al (Samuel) B. Adiya. He was entrusted...
May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm
OK, let's get it over with. Normative Islam today cannot make a peace treaty with a Jewish State in the midst of the Islamic world. It just doesn't make it, not in terms of historical precedent, cultural expectations or religious law. Islamists simply trump liberal Muslims on this....
May 1, 2003 | 8:00 pm
The legacy of Athens was not only the glory of Western democracy. It was also the brutality of Roman tyranny. And the legacy of Baghdad is
not only Wahhabi obscurantism and viciousness. It is also religious tolerance and a this-worldly spirituality.
Islam may have been born in Mecca...