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Grasping for God With Arms Outstretched

By Nathaniel Popper

Most of the congregants who trickled in for Saturday services on a recent morning in Evanston, Ill., were wearing spandex. Warming up from the sub-freezing weather outside, they rolled out their blue plastic mats in preparation for the first prayer.When Rabbi Andrea London began the morning blessing, everyone assumed the lotus position, with backs…Read More


GOP Senator Raps Bush And Sharon Over Talks

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Senator Lincoln Chafee has a reputation as a maverick within the Republican Party, but that’s only half his troubles. Much of the pro-Israel lobby views him as a pain in the neck and wouldn’t mind seeing him gone from the Senate.Yet, in an exclusive interview, Chafee argued that it was President Bush and Prime MinisterRead More


Apartheid Enforcers Guard Iraq For the U.S.

By Marc Perelman

In its effort to relieve overstretched U.S. troops in Iraq, the Bush administration has hired a private security company staffed with former henchmen of South Africa’s apartheid regime.The reliance on apartheid enforcers was highlighted by an attack in Iraq last month that killed one South African security officer and wounded another whoRead More


Hawkish General Set To Snag Top Military Post in Jerusalem

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Although the official announcement has not been made, the word out of the Defense Ministry is that the commander of the Israel Air Force, Major General Dan Halutz, will be appointed deputy chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces this summer. The promotion makes Halutz the prime candidate to become Israel’s next military chief ofRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

When the president of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, Bruce Raynor, endorsed North Carolina Senator John Edwards for president at a February 7 rally in Milwaukee, it was only the latest maverick move by the union leader.Many unions were flocking to the camp of the Democratic front-runner, Massachusetts Senator JohnRead More


Massachusetts Jews Stand Solidly Against Anti-Gay-Vows Initiative

By Nathaniel Popper

The successful fight last week to defeat a state constitutional amendment in Massachusetts banning gay marriage received a vigorous boost from Jewish legislators and communal groups.All 14 Jewish legislators at Massachusetts’s constitutional convention last week voted against the proposed Travis Amendment, which would have outlawedRead More


No Jail Time for German Tourist Who Punched Celebrity Masseuse

By Steven I. Weiss

A German tourist in New York City pleaded guilty last week to assaulting a non-Jewish woman wearing a Star of David, whom he called a “Jewish pig.”Dorothy “Dr. Dot” Stein — a celebrity masseuse who has worked the shoulders and backs of Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney and Sheryl Crow, among others — has worn the StarRead More


Newsdesk February 20, 2004

Romanian Pol ApologizesA Romanian presidential candidate with a history of antisemitic and Holocaust-denial statements has offered an apology for his past, pledging to organize a pilgrimage to Auschwitz as part of his repentance.“I am asking for forgiveness from all Jews,” wrote Corneliu Vadim Tudor, head of the Greater Romania Party, inRead More


Same-Sex Weddings Elicit Little Community Reaction in Bay Area

By Josh Richman

SAN FRANCISCO — After Andy Birnbaum came out in 1995, his mother switched to a Reform congregation to find a spiritual home more accepting of her son’s homosexual orientation, while his father remained in their old Conservative congregation, determined to effect change from within.His father’s only request at the time was that AndyRead More


Order Emerges From the Chaos of the Primaries

By Gus Tyler

For a while there it looked as if the Democratic Party was committing suicide on television. A dozen or so aspirants repeatedly made public appearances during which they assailed one another with words that could come back to haunt their party’s ultimate candidate for president.The format in which they appeared encouraged such a bloodyRead More





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