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The Other Preacher From the Galilee

By Allan Nadler

Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos:

Isaac Luria and his Kabbalistic Fellowship By Lawrence Fine Stanford University Press, 504 pages, $25.95. * * *He was a charismatic preacher from the Galilee whose teachings challenged the regnant Jewish doctrines of his day and undermined rabbinical authority. He communed with the spirits ofRead More


Minister Urging Americans To Protest Gaza Pullout Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israel’s housing minister, Effi Eitam, called on American Jews this week to “speak out, both as Americans and as supporters of Israel” against his own prime minister’s plan for disengagement in Gaza.“American Jewry should approach this issue both as citizens of a superpower that is fighting a global war againstRead More


Ex-Soviet Republic Counts Many Critics, Few Friends

By Stephen Schwartz

The ex-Soviet republic of Uzbekistan is the largest and wealthiest of the core states of Central Asia, and it is home to 23 million citizens, 88% of whom are Muslim. Few Americans can find it — or its capital, Tashkent — on a map, a point that was highlighted in a popular American TV sitcom, “The George Lopez Show,” in which a teenagerRead More


Refugees Facing End of Federal Aid As Deadline for Citizenship Looms

By Nathaniel Popper

CHICAGO — As her husband Iosif explains their dire situation in broken English, 70-year-old Polina Kats sits on the couch in her small Chicago apartment, rubbing her hands while staring out the window with her brows furrowed anxiously.Since they arrived from Latvia as Jewish refugees almost seven years ago, the Katses have known that they neededRead More


Groups Say Ban on Gay Vows Breaches Religious Freedom

By Nacha Cattan

In an unusual move, a local prosecutor’s effort to stop ministers from performing same-sex marriages is drawing fire from Jewish civil rights agencies not only on grounds of privacy or gay rights, but also of religious freedom.Officials with the American Jewish Congress and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism charge that the districtRead More


Newsdesk March 19, 2004

By Forward Staff and Jta

Beilin To Lead New PartyTEL AVIV — Foreign policy maverick Yossi Beilin won the election Tuesday as leader of the newly formed Yahad Party, edging out veteran Meretz lawmaker Ran Cohen.Beilin won 53.5% of the votes, showing strongly in big cities and Arab communities, while Cohen took 46.5%, doing well among kibbutzim.Yahad was created this yearRead More


After Attack, Tanks Roll Back Into Gaza

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — As Israeli tanks and armored vehicles rumbled into Gaza this week, responding to Sunday’s double suicide bombing in the port city of Ashdod, officials cautioned that the incursions would not be a repeat of the massive 2002 operation known as Defensive Shield. Israel does not intend to reoccupy the streets of Gaza, officials said. InRead More


Tooker Gomberg, 48, Presumed Dead

Tooker Gomberg, an environmental activist known as one of Canada’s most colorful political figures, was reported missing and presumed dead after apparently jumping off a bridge March 5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was 48, and was said to have suffered from depression.In the early 1990s, Gomberg served one term as a member of the Edmonton cityRead More


J. Gutman, Rights Advocate, 80

By Miriam Colton

Jeremiah S. Gutman, one of the nation’s leading civil rights attorneys and a vocal advocate for Israeli civil liberties, died February 25 after suffering a heart attack at a Metro-North Railroad station. He was 80.The night before his death, Gutman presided at a meeting of Meretz USA, a Jewish organization promoting peace and civil rights inRead More


PLO Militant Turns Diehard Israel Supporter

By Marc Perelman

Walid Shoebat is arguably the most unlikely diehard supporter of Israel.A former militant of the Palestine Liberation Organization who used to hate Israel, did time in Israeli jails and nearly beat an Israeli soldier to death, Shoebat is now singing Israel’s praises to North American audiences.“I am against a Palestinian state and I prefer theRead More


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