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Kushner Foe In Biggest Brawl of His Long Career

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

For City University of New York trustee Jeffrey Wiesenfeld, the furor over his recent push to deny playwright Tony Kushner an honorary degree because of his views on Israel is just the latest in a career full of high-profile public brawls.Read More


For Surviving Soviet Veterans, Victory Day Is a Dying Celebration

By Paul Berger

At a recent celebration in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, World War II veterans who served in the Soviet armed forces held a low-key gathering; meanwhile, in the FSU, their comrades in arms were being feted with grandiose parades.Read More


From Humble Lumber Sellers to Clout-Wielding Developers: An Immigrant Tale

By Neil deMause

When federal prosecutors charged New York State Senator Carl Kruger with taking more than $1 million in bribes in March, few were surprised to see seven others indicted with him. The colorful Kruger, who represents the heavily Jewish Brooklyn neighborhoods of Brighton Beach, Gravesend and Sheepshead Bay, has long attracted media attention for high-profile deal-making among a wide network of politicians and lobbyists.Read More


N.Y.'s High Court Takes on Case Calling for Release of Documents in Orthodox Sexual Abuse Scandal

By Josh Nathan-Kazis

New York State’s highest court has agreed to hear arguments in a case aimed at shedding light on the failed prosecution of alleged Orthodox child molester Avrohom Mondrowitz.Read More


Legal Strategy To Recover Lost Holocaust Funds Threatens Diplomatic Efforts

By Nathan Guttman

Israel’s first large-scale foray into Holocaust-era Jewish property restitution is ruffling some feathers within the Jewish establishment and among Eastern European countries. The government of Israel, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency for Israel, recently announced the launch of Project HEART, the most robust attempt yet to document and pursue Jewish assets lost during World War II in Eastern Europe. Many of the losses were in Poland, which was home to Europe’s largest Jewish community before the Holocaust.Read More


What’s in a Name? Choosing ‘Rabba’ Over ‘Rav,’ and Why

By Elana Maryles Sztokman

Kaya Stern-Kaufman is graduating from rabbinical school this spring, but she says she will not always be called “rabbi.” Instead, the 47-year-old mother of two will also use the title “rabba,” making her the first woman to specifically choose this Hebrew feminized version of “rabbi” as a preferred moniker.Read More


What’s in a Name? Choosing ‘Rabba’ Over ‘Rav,’ and Why

By Elana Maryles Sztokman

Kaya Stern-Kaufman is graduating from rabbinical school this spring, but she will not always be called a “rabbi.” Instead, the 47-year-old mother of two will also use the title “rabba,” making her the first woman to specifically choose this Hebrew feminized version of “rabbi” as a preferred moniker.Read More


A Plea for Peace From a Palestinian Doctor Who Embodies Human Tragedy

By Donald Snyder

Izzeldin Abuelaish, the Gazan doctor who lost four members of his family when an Israeli rocket destroyed his house during Operation Cast Lead, used a medical analogy to warn against hating those who cause us great harm. “Hatred is a chronic disease,” Abuelaish told a group of 60 people who had gathered at Central Connecticut State University to hear him speak about the tragedy and his new memoir, “I Shall Not Hate.”Read More


A Seder That Also Tells The Story Of Labor

By Patricia Simms

How was the special seventh-night Seder at the University of Wisconsin’s Hillel Foundation different from all other Seders? Well to start with, the plague of boils became exploding landfills and destroyed wetlands defacing the earth. The plague of locusts, featuring insects traveling in a swarm? The symbol of a state public transportation system pulverized.Read More


Sex Abuse Witness May Have Been Paid To Testify

By Michael Orbach

A landmark conviction of a prominent member of Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox community for sexual abuse faces possible reversal following the indictment of man charged with having bribed a witness to testify against the abuser.Read More





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