Iranian Judo Jab No Surprise for Rabbi

By Eric J. Greenberg

The refusal of an Iranian Olympic superstar to compete against an Israeli opponent in a judo match shocked and outraged sports observers and Jewish communal leaders this week. But a Pittsburgh rabbi, Alvin Berkun, told the Forward he knew last week that such a controversy was coming.The rabbi said that he had been tipped off by two IranianRead More

Tehran Threatens Israel

Iran threatened to destroy the Dimona nuclear reactor if Israel attacks the Islamic republic. The warning comes amid increasing speculation that Israel might attack Iranian nuclear facilities, and shortly after Iran said it successfully tested an upgraded version of its Shihab-3 missile, which is capableRead More

The President Who Cried Wolf

By Gus Tyler

The recent revelation that the terrorists who were responsible for the September 11, 2001, attacks are still at work and have made their plans to blow up financial institutions across our country has received a strange response. Ordinarily, such a warning, allegedly backed up by documentary evidence, should be a source of widespread concern on theRead More

Fla. Temple Seeks Relief After Deadly Hurricane

Jews throughout Florida are pulling together to help those in need after the devastation of last week’s Hurricane Charley.“Those with power are hosting those that have severe damages to their homes, to help people get through if they don’t have the means to cook food, do laundry, or things we take for granted,” saidRead More


By E.J. Kessler

Polling Preference: Did President Bush peak among Jewish voters last December? That’s the inference of a new survey showing that despite Republican attempts to woo Jewish voters, Jews retain an overwhelming loyalty to the Democratic ticket. The poll, done for the National Jewish Democratic Council by the Democratic firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner,Read More

True to Character, Olympic Mettle Eludes Israelis

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Once every four years, Israelis gather around their televisions to watch their representatives in the summer Olympic games, hoping for victory but expecting defeat. It’s partly a matter of experience — it took Israel 44 years to win its first Olympic medal, and it has yet to take a gold — but no less than that, a matter ofRead More

Aide’s Security Post Disputed

By Eric J. Greenberg

Since Golan Cipel’s allegations against New Jersey Governor James McGreevey surfaced, media reports have asserted that McGreevey had tapped the Israeli in January 2002 to head the state’s new homeland security effort — leaving the aide in charge of protecting the lives of the Garden State’s 6 million residents only months after theRead More


By E.J. Kessler

A new Democratic poll suggests that Republicans are failing to improve on the anemic 21% of the Jewish vote garnered by President Bush in 2000. But if they make progress, it will be with the help of a cadre of prominent GOP insiders, including Lewis Eisenberg, co-chairman of the convention’s host committee.Eisenberg, a former Republican NationalRead More

The Meaning of Suffering, From the Farms of Darfur

By Leslie Lefkow

The numbers reeled off about Darfur tell their own story: more than 1 million displaced people, almost 200,000 refugees, 30,000 dead, all in just 18 months. All of this death and destruction, the result of a brutal Sudanese government crackdown on a rebel insurgency.But as with so many immense tragedies, the scale of the numbers often obscuresRead More

Furor Grows Over Cheney Remarks on Pearl Murder

By Eric J. Greenberg

Following a controversial speech by Vice President Dick Cheney, the father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is urging Democrats and Republicans to refrain from turning his son’s death into a political football.Judea Pearl expressed his sentiments after Cheney’s August 12 speech, in which the vice president blastedRead More

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