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New ‘Pay Czar’ Walks Familiar Path

By J.J. Goldberg

The age-old Jewish antipathy toward the murderous, antisemitic monarchs of pre-communist Russia was never captured better than in the old joke, retold in “Fiddler on the Roof,” in which a rabbi asks if there is a special prayer for the czar. Yes, the rabbi replies: “May the Lord bless and keep the czar — far away from us.”Read More


After Bibi’s Speech: A Shift To Quiet Talks

By Nathan Guttman

The Obama administration now seems poised to ease its public pressure on Israel following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s acceptance of a two-state solution to his country’s conflict with the Palestinians.Read More


Sammy Davis Jr.’s Menorah Fails To Sell

By Rebecca Dube

Celebrity sparkle wasn’t enough to sell Sammy Davis Jr.’s menorah at auction. The silver menorah that belonged to one of Judaism’s most famous converts went on the auction block June 8, but failed to garner the $10,000 minimum bid sought by the owner, a Judaica collector.Read More


Waiting Game: What Did Abbas Mean?

By Nathan Guttman

While Mahmoud Abbas’s meeting with President Obama was widely described as uneventful, comments the Palestinian leader made in a Washington Post interview before entering the White House have led to a feisty debate within the Jewish community.Read More


In New Book, Ross, Top Envoy To Iran, Is Skeptical of Diplomatic Engagement

By Nathan Guttman

Since assuming his post as special adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Iran matters, Ambassador Dennis Ross has stepped back and refrained from discussing in public his suggestions for dealing with Tehran.Read More


Long Strike at Chicago Hotel Pits Jew Against Jew

By Nathaniel Popper

Nearly six years after the housekeepers and dishwashers at the Congress Plaza Hotel first went on strike, the enormous hotel here on Chicago’s lakefront shows the marks of being a battle zone in America’s labor wars.Read More


Orthodox, and Sticking With the Union

By Nathaniel Popper

Recent controversies about labor issues in the Jewish community have often become battles between non-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews. At the Congress Plaza Hotel in Chicago, this paradigm seems to hold, with rabbis from more liberal denominations protesting the Orthodox Jewish owners of the hotel.Read More


Key Lawmakers Are Opposing Israeli Policy On Settlements

By Nathan Guttman

For the first time in America’s decades of jousting with Israel over West Bank settlements, an American president seems to have succeeded in isolating the settlements issue and disconnecting it from other elements of support for Israel.Read More


Menorah Illuminates Davis Jr.’s Judaism

By Rebecca Dube

If you want to buy Sammy Davis Jr.’s menorah when goes up for auction next month, it will cost you a bit more than a song.Read More


New York’s First Flu Victim Was a ‘Wonderful Role Model’

By Lana Gersten

Mitchell Wiener, a Queens public school administrator and beloved member of that New York borough’s Jewish community, died May 17 of complications from swine flu — the first person in New York State and sixth in the United States to die from the flu strain now spreading around the world.Read More


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