Brando Remembered as Family Friend

The death of stage and screen legend Marlon Brando has brought on a plethora of obituaries and appreciations that have covered all aspects of his life and career — except one. In myriad interviews throughout his life, Brando noted that the most important influences on his career were his early training with acting teacherRead More

Then They Came for the Gypsies: The Legacy of Death’s Calculator

By Edwin Black

In April 1941, a Romanian census taker came to the home of a suspected Roma Gypsy working as a blacksmith in the picturesque town of Schaas. The senior Nazi statistical official observing the process wrote, “He did not dare to deny his ethnical descent as Gypsy.” The census taker instructed: “Now, please write: Gypsy.”Shortly thereafter,Read More

Newsdesk July 2, 2004

By Forward Staff and Jta

Survivors’ Funds ReleasedBefore the end of August, $174 million will be released to Holocaust survivors by a German foundation set up to compensate slave laborers from the Holocaust era. A similar amount also will be released to non-Jewish survivors.The money comes from interest earned on the $5.5 billion original compensation settlementRead More

Israeli Cabinet Members Hurl Insults Over Demographic Study

A newly released report on the state of world Jewry has revealed dramatic demographic trends — and prompted a vicious shouting match in the Israeli Cabinet, with government ministers calling each other antisemitic and racist.The abstract is a summary of a larger, 600-page study due out in the fall. It was issued last week by the JewishRead More

Giving ‘Seinfeld’ Fans a Taste of Reality, Kramer-style

By Max Gross

Kenny Kramer wasn’t allowed to be himself.In the late 1980s, the stand-up comedian was living next door to Larry David, co-creator of television’s “Seinfeld,” which was then in the development stage. David saw infinite comic possibilities in his neighbor, who spent his time golfing, scheming, chomping cigars, falling head-firstRead More

Empire State’s Kosher Law Advances, But Draws Tepid Support

By Steven I. Weiss

The New York State Legislature has passed legislation to protect kosher consumers from food products falsely advertised as kosher. The new law is intended to replace New York’s previous kosher law, which was struck down in the courts last year after being declared unconstitutional.New York is home to the country’s largest Jewish population, asRead More

Polluting Piety With Politics

By Gus Tyler

An article on the front-page of the June 3 New York Times was scary. It notes that the Bush campaign is reaching out to thousands of churches around the country to involve them in distributing campaign fliers and registering voters on behalf of the president’s November run. The move makes history. It seems that at no time in the nation’sRead More

Chirac, Bush Spar Over Turkey’s Admission to the E.U.

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — President Bush’s latest tour of Europe, aimed at fence mending, instead has touched off another round of Franco-American feuding, with Bush and French President Jacques Chirac trading barbs over everything from NATO’s role in Iraq to Yasser Arafat’s role in Ramallah.For many observers here, however, the most tellingRead More

American Orthodox Leaders Try To Stay Above Fray

By Steven I. Weiss

American Orthodox leaders say they are struggling to stay out of the debates tearing at Israel’s religious community over Prime Minister Sharon’s Gaza disengagement plan.Modern Orthodox groups in America traditionally look to Israel’s so-called national religious camp, embodied in the National Religious Party and the chief rabbinate,Read More

Right-wing Rabbis Call on Soldiers, Settlers To Defy Evacuation

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon faces a new and growing threat to his plan for evacuating settlements in Gaza and the West Bank: Right-wing rabbis who have ruled that dismantling settlements violates Jewish religious law. Some rabbis are calling on soldiers to disobey orders and on settlers to resist evacuation forcibly.With major rabbinicRead More

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