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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


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Edwards Opportunity?: The surprising late surge of North Carolina Senator John Edwards in the Wisconsin primary Tuesday makes the March 2 New York primary more interesting, but probably does not give Edwards the momentum he needs to take the Empire State, some local analystsRead More


Rabbis Denounce Sharon’s Plan for Disengagement

Former Israeli chief rabbi Avraham Shapira warned Tuesday night that any politicians who even considered “evacuating a flourishing part of the land and expelling Jews from their homes [would] lose their seat and power.” Shapira made his statement as several hundred rabbis convened in Jerusalem to denounce Prime Minister ArielRead More


U.S. Tries To Build Momentum for Peace

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Faced with a deadlocked Israeli-Palestinian peace process and international pressure to demonstrate a commitment to resolving the conflict, the Bush administration is hoping to generate momentum — or at least the appearance of progress — with Israel’s unilateral separation initiative.“Instead of [the unilateral initiative]Read More


P.A. Set To Handle Gaza Pullout, Palestinian Security Chief Says

If Israel unilaterally withdraws from the Gaza Strip as Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has suggested, no governmental vacuum would be formed, Jibril Rajoub, Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat’s national security advisor, said Tuesday in an unusual briefing with Israeli reporters.“We have a plan to handle the territory,” RajoubRead More


Orthodox Feminists Grapple With Issues of Sexuality

By Nacha Cattan

Faced with lurid popular images like Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl striptease and the stark reality of sexually active adolescents, Orthodox girls would be expected to turn to rabbinic law for guidance. The problem, says Jewish educator Tova Hartman, is that in religious schools sexuality is either dealt with through an “oy vey” curriculum thatRead More


Discussion of Women Rabbis Causes Stir

By Nacha Cattan

At this week’s gathering of Orthodox feminists, women read from the Torah and led the Kaddish prayer during mixed-gendered services. Still, at least one topic had the power to shock this crowd: women rabbis.At this annual conference of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, the subject was raised by two young women in the audience who calledRead More


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