Covering the Madoff Scandal

During the past year, the Forward has sought to cover the scandal from all sides — in news, features and opinion pieces, in print and online. The Madoff affair was even the subject of a comic strip — and subsequent news illustration — by the Forward’s Eli Valley, and an article in our Purim spoof.

Evacuation Demonstration: Amnesty appears likely for those arrested in protests against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon?s disengagement of 2005.

Israel Poised To Grant Amnesty To Protesters of Gaza Pullout

Even as concern grows about civil resistance to new government construction limits in the West Bank, a Knesset committee has approved a bill to scrub clean the records of right-wingers arrested during violent protests against Israel’s 2005 disengagement from Gaza.

Holding up: Former workers at Agriprocessors (far left and right), march with Father Paul Ouderkirk (second from right), the priest at St. Bridget?s Catholic Church in Postville, Iowa, during an event earlier this year marking the one-year anniversary of the Postville immigration raid.

Agri Workers In Limbo After Rubashkin’s 2nd Trial Is Dropped

For the past year, nearly 40 undocumented immigrants from Latin America have been kept in the United States for one reason: to testify against their former bosses at the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant.

What’s Behind The FBI’s Hate Crime Report?

The latest report from the FBI contained alarming news: There were 1,013 cases of hate crimes motivated by anti-Jewish bias in 2008 — an increase from the previous year, and the highest number of hate crimes against Jews reported since 2001.

Biblical sounds: Instruments on display at the Tulsa museum include a gittith, top; pipe, middle, and the pa?amonim (bells), bottom.

The Gittith and Uggav Play Again in Tulsa

From the beginning, Jews have been a musical people. When God parted the Red Sea, what did Miriam do? She played the timbrel. When Saul was troubled by evil spirits, he called for David to play the harp. King David, in fact, was known as a great musician, and many of the psalms are attributed to him. Psalm 8 begins with an invocation to play a particular instrument: “To the conductor, on the gittith, a song of David.”