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White House Is Cool to Settlement Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is rejecting Jerusalem’s demand for American approval of a plan to strengthen several key blocks of Jewish settlements in exchange for a complete Israeli pullback from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wants to fortify large blocks of Jewish settlements in the West BankRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

When Massachusetts Senator John Kerry learned last year that his paternal grandparents in 19th-century Austria had converted to Catholicism from Judaism, one of the first people he called was his younger brother, Cameron.The younger Kerry was surprised.In an interview at John Kerry’s New York headquarters last Friday, Cameron KerryRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

King Kerry: Jewish voters in the March 2 Super Tuesday primary states cast their ballots for Massachusetts Senator John Kerry in higher percentages than did voters of other religions, according to exit polling data.Their vote, which mirrors earlier primary results, suggests that Jewish Democrats — a high-turnout, activist group that isRead More


From Haiti’s Chaos, a Lesson About Iraq

By Gus Tyler

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has fled his country in a recurrence of the violent disorder that has haunted the history of Haiti over and over again. Superficially, this should not be so. Some 95% of the population is descended from slaves. Haiti, which is smaller than Maryland, has a population of less than 7 million. All of thisRead More


For Tradition’s Sake: One Reform Temple Cleaves to Sunday Services

By Nathaniel Popper

At the beginning of the week’s main service at the Chicago Sinai Congregation, Rabbi Michael Sternfield cheerily wished those present a “good Shabbes,” but immediately caught himself. It being Sunday, when Sinai’s central service takes place, Sternfield turned to a more appropriate greeting:. “I mean…Read More


WJC Tour Offers Crash Course in Judaism

By Steven I. Weiss

A delegation of French Catholic bishops toured New York last week for what amounted to a crash course in Judaism.Organized by the World Jewish Congress, the four-day encounter included visits to institutions ranging from Reform to Chasidic. WJC chairman Israel Singer described the tour as an outgrowth of a desire to further theRead More


Aufbau Must Relocate or Close

By Nathaniel Popper

For the Jewish immigrants who founded the German-language newspaper Aufbau in 1934, America represented the future and Germany the past. Things certainly have changed.Just days after the Jewish newspaper’s 70th-anniversary issue was published last week, editors said the paper’s financial situation in America had grown so tenuous thatRead More


My Cruel Valentine

By Amy Sohn

An Almost Perfect Moment By Binnie Kirshenbaum Ecco, 336 pages, $23.95. * * *Binnie Kirshenbaum’s new novel, “An Almost Perfect Moment,” is a good sad book, which means Kirshenbaum seduces you into caring about each of her characters, and just when you think they might get what they want, she robs them of real joy one by one. Set inRead More


Bishops Slammed for Support of ‘Passion’

By Eric J. Greenberg

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is drawing harsh condemnations in some circles over its much-anticipated review of “The Passion of the Christ.”Using terms like “outrage” and “betrayal,” several Jewish and Catholic interfaith leaders are saying that in praising Mel Gibson’s film on Jesus’ last 12 hours, theRead More


‘Passion’ Critics Endanger Jews, Angry Rabbis Claim, Attacking Groups, Foxman

By Nacha Cattan

The debate within the Jewish community over the proper response to “The Passion of the Christ” was turned up a notch last week when an outspoken Orthodox rabbi declared the film’s Jewish critics can be placed in the religious category of rodef, or pursuer.The term is used in rabbinic jurisprudence to describe an assailant who threatensRead More





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