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Bushies Skip Opportunity To Rip Foe Over Israel

By Nathaniel Popper

Even as the White House races to discredit former U.S. anti-terrorism chief Richard Clarke, Bush administration officials and their allies appear to be steering clear of one politically loaded piece of evidence.A 1992 report by Sherman Funk, then inspector general of the State Department, alleged that Clarke overlooked Israel’s illegal sale ofRead More


Philanthropist Attacks University for Right Turn

By Steven I. Weiss

The gloves came off in a long-simmering intra-Orthodox battle last week as the chairman of an upstart seminary castigated the leadership of Yeshiva University for a perceived rightward shift.Howard Jonas, the billionaire chairman of the fledgling Manhattan-based seminary, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, declared in a speech at the school’s first galaRead More


Conservatives Seek Support For God Talk In Public Life

By Miriam Colton

Congressional conservatives are struggling to build support for a new bill that would limit the ability of judges to prohibit government acknowledgment of God.Known as “The Constitution Restoration Act of 2004,” the bill would prevent federal courts from ruling on issues such as the legality of the national motto “In God We Trust” or theRead More


Bills Introduced on Jews Displaced by 1948 War

By Marc Perelman

In a major victory for their advocates, twin congressional resolutions were introduced this week urging the president to raise the issue of the plight of some 900,000 Jews who left Arab countries 50 years ago in future Middle East peace talks.The parallel measures were introduced in the Senate by Rick Santorum, the Pennsylvania Republican, andRead More


In This Week’s Yiddish Forward

• Mikhail Krutikov writes on the reaction to Mel Gibson’s “Passion” film in Germany.• We celebrate 100 years since the birth of Isaac Bashevis Singer by reprinting an article by him on the Yiddish stories of Nachman of Bratslav.• In the “World of Yiddish”: a Yiddish concert in Australia, a new Jewish museum inRead More


Quebec Sephardim Make Breakthroughs

By Sheldon Gordon

MONTREAL — The Sephardic population of Quebec is beginning to make major inroads in the Jewish communal power structure, after insisting for decades that they were treated as “poor relations” by the dominant English-speaking Ashkenazim in the province.The French-speaking Sephardim, who emigrated from North Africa and the Middle East in theRead More


New Center for International Affairs Launched

By Steven I. Weiss

Yeshiva University was set to launch its new center for international affairs Wednesday with a presentation by former State Department official Richard Haass, now president of the Council on Foreign Relations.The Rabbi Arthur S. Schneier Center for International Affairs is named for the Manhattan rabbi who has oftenRead More


Sports

By Nacha Cattan

Pittsburgh may have been roundly beaten in a season-ending game of college basketball last week, but in the more hidebound world of Jewish organizational life, the city scored a stunning victory.Howard Rieger, 61, a longtime Jewish charity leader and top professional at the United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, has been nominatedRead More


World Economy Needs a New Deal

By Gus Tyler

I n the great and growing debate over globalization and outsourcing, there are always new arguments from both sides — from those who look upon these recent developments as a boon to the world economy and those who look upon the same developments as certain to bring gloom to the world economy. One of the latest and most novel arguments in favorRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Pennsylvanian’s Powder: Senator Arlen Specter, the moderate Pennsylvania Republican who is facing a primary challenge from conservative Rep. Patrick Toomey, is being criticized by his rival’s campaign and a conservative pro-family organization for refusing to take a position on the constitutional amendment against gay marriage pushedRead More





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