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Mending a Fractured Relationship Through Diplomacy

By Nathaniel Popper

Stefan Schlueter’s effort to heal Germany’s wounded past extends even to the linguistic level. When speaking about Germans today, he carefully uses the phrases “non-Jewish Germans” and “Jewish Germans” to emphasize that both are a part of the German community.“It would give Hitler a small victory to think of Jews and Germans asRead More


Newsdesk June 18, 2004

Rabbi Settles CaseThe senior rabbi of the Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, Minn., settled a lawsuit alleging that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a woman he was counseling. However, he has retracted his decision to resign from the Conservative synagogue.“Right now he’s reweighing his options, but is frankly overwhelmedRead More


Liberal Activists Strive To Reclaim Faith

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Vowing to break the religious right’s monopoly in harnessing religion to politics, hundreds of liberal activists — Christians, Jews, Muslims and others — convened in Washington last week for what they hope will be the kickoff of a new movement rooted in an historic tradition of religion-inspired American liberalism.“We areRead More


Putting the Squeeze on Social Security

By Gus Tyler

The Social Security system upon which millions of retired Americans depend for their daily bread is in danger. And it is not due to any inherent faults within the system itself. Indeed, the Social Security system is, by far, the most successful profit-making operation that Uncle Sam ever has run.Created in 1935, the system began to pay outRead More


As Sharon’s Plan Advances, Officials Reconsider Arafat

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — For months, the Israeli public and the political system waited anxiously for the announcement of Attorney General Menachem Mazouz on whether he was going to press bribery charges against Prime Minister Sharon. Sharon’s security plans, the composition of his coalition and his own political future hung in the balance. WhenRead More


Paris Yeshiva Student Stabbed While Leaving School

By With Reporting by Jta.

PARIS — A teenage Jewish yeshiva student was stabbed and seriously wounded last Friday in a Paris suburb by a knife-wielding assailant shouting “Allahu akhbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”The teenager, Yisrael Yifrah, 17, was stabbed in the chest at approximately 4:00 p.m. on June 4 as he left a Jewish school, the Mekor Yisrael yeshiva,Read More


Sharon Passes Plan, but Pays Political Price

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — After weeks of struggle, Prime Minister Sharon finally and decisively launched his government this week toward his goal of disengaging from Gaza and parts of the West Bank. After considering the price paid and still to be paid — Sharon’s coalition in tatters, his Knesset majority gone, parties in turmoil, the plan nearly gutted,Read More


Jewish Groups Step Up Efforts To Help Sudanese

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — After months of inaction, Jewish organizations are stepping up their efforts to call attention to the rising threat of a government-backed genocide in Sudan and to raise money for the country’s massive population of non-Arab Muslim refugees.The Jewish Coalition for Disaster Relief, an umbrella organization of 40 JewishRead More


Help the Arab World Help Itself

By Osama El Baz

It would be a travesty of justice and the truth to assume that the governments of the Middle East are blind or deaf to the needs of their own peoples, or that they are unaware of the need to pursue a long-term plan for sustained reform that would enrich and improve the quality of life within their borders and generate new opportunities for theirRead More


Controversial Memorial Unveiled at Belzec

The notorious Nazi death camp at Belzec in Poland was rededicated last week as a shrine to the dead, in the presence of 1,000 witnesses from Israel, Germany, Poland and America.The centerpiece of the new $5 million memorial is a controversial, 600-foot walkway descending 30 feet into the ground, its walls lined with namesRead More


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