By Curt Leviant

One day, more than two decades ago, I walked into a Jerusalem bookstore — and stepped into a mystery. At the store, I met a man who was shopping named Reb Moshe Ashbel, an elderly, white-bearded Russian immigrant. As we got to know each other, Ashbel told me that he was a Lubavitch Hasid, a mathematician, and a lover of classical andRead More

Right-wing Militias Gain Troops After 9/11 Attacks

By Eric J. Greenberg

Right-wing militia groups in the United States have been quietly gaining members and increasing their paramilitary training programs in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, according to a new study issued Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League.The ADL report, titled “The Quiet Retooling of the Militia Movement,”Read More


By E.J. Kessler

The White House and the Bush-Cheney campaign are denying claims that they may have violated the law by distributing a White House-generated booklet hailing the president’s record on Jewish issues at a campaign event.The taxpayer-funded booklet, titled “President George W. Bush: A Friend of the American Jewish Community,” was published by theRead More

Internal Slugfest Threatens To Split International Body

The World Jewish Congress is embroiled in an internal slugfest, with top leaders exchanging charges that observers say threaten to destroy the organization.At the center of the controversy is a memo being circulated by the organization’s senior vice president, Isi Leibler, in which he raises questions about the possibility of financialRead More

Neocons Blast Bush’s Inactio On ‘Spy’ Affair

By Marc Perelman

In an indication of their growing estrangement with the Bush administration, neoconservatives are slamming the White House for failing to stop what they describe as an antisemitic campaign to marginalize them being conducted by the CIA and the State Department.This view was outlined in a memo circulating among neoconservative foreignRead More

Newsdesk September 10, 2004

U.S. Consulted on FencePrime Minister Sharon intends to bring the corrected route of the separation fence to the government after it is presented to the American administration, thus putting to a political test the new route which runs much closer to the Green Line, and leaves most of the settlements of the WestRead More

Jewish Woman Named to Canadian High Court

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Rosalie Abella, a flamboyant legal trailblazer who at age 29 was appointed Canada’s first Jewish female judge, has now become the first Jewish female named to the Supreme Court of Canada.Abella, who was promoted last month from the Ontario Court of Appeal, has “strong credentials,” said Lorraine Weinrib, a University of TorontoRead More

Communal Groups Try To Tap Younger Generation

By Sheldon Teitelbaum

LETTER FROM UNIVERSAL CITYThe mock want-ad on the cover of the spring 2004 issue of Contact, the journal of the Jewish Life Network and the Michael Steinhardt Foundation, said it all: WANTED: Jewish Professional

JOB DESCRIPTION: The Revitalization of Jewish Life


High level of experience/Excellent communications &Read More

New Editor Appointed at Jerusalem Post

By Nathaniel Popper

David Horowitz, currently the editor of The Jerusalem Report, will be taking over the reins of the Jerusalem Post from the current editor-in-chief, Bret Stephens, on October 1. Stephens, who has led the paper since 2002, will go back to the editorial board of The Wall Street Journal.After months of bad news at the paper, media insiders from acrossRead More

In Hot Pursuit of the Sexy Swingers

By Gus Tyler

Call them the “Sexy 16.” Every four years, some of the most prominent guys in America set out in hot pursuit of these elusive creatures. This year, they are being chased heatedly by two mucho macho hombres by the name of George Bush and John Kerry.Apparently, what makes these 16 so desirable is their fickle behavior. One year they fall in loveRead More

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