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Priestly Blessing: An Orthodox man performs the Birkat Kohanim at the Western Wall.

A Cohen by Any Other Faith...

It seems that a person no longer needs to be a direct descendant of Aaron in order to be called Cohen.

Cutting Costs: Rabbi Saul Zucker, the Orthodox Union?s direc-tor of day school services, proposed a new model for yeshivas.

Orthodox Union Proposes New Measures To Increase Revenues and Reduce Costs Tuition

With operation costs climbing for schools, and tuition increases bearing down on parents amid the current crushing economic downturn, the Orthodox Union’s Rabbi Saul Zucker recently laid out a revolutionary package of school cost-saving measures to a worried gathering of Jewish education officials in Los Angeles.

Preaching To the Converted: Israeli President Shimon Peres, above, warned AIPAC delegates about the threat posed by Iran.

AIPAC Confronts A New Reality as Obama’s Agenda Becomes Clear

“You’re not going to like my saying this,” Vice President Joe Biden told 6,000 delegates from the podium of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s annual policy conference — a spot that politicians usually vie over vigorously for the privilege of telling the crowd what they want to hear.

Which Side Are We On? Jews Lead Fight For and Against Key Labor Bill

Since retiring from his position as CEO of Home Depot, Bernard Marcus has become one of this country’s most vocal opponents of organized labor, criticizing unions in the media and on Capitol Hill. That is a long way from Marcus’s beginnings in a Newark, N.J., tenement some 80 years ago.

Unpalatable: Edith Speizer complained about the kosher meals. She said the vegetables were mushy, the fish portions were small and she had to cut away mold on the bread.

Budget Cuts Spoil Kosher Meals for Elderly

Home-bound seniors on Manhattan’s West Side are complaining that the quality of kosher meals being delivered to them took a sudden turn for the worse this spring when new city contracting policies took effect — a situation some elderly Jews found so unpalatable that they actually decided to switch to receiving non-kosher meals.