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Liberal Coalition’s Opposition Seen Likely To Stop Religious Freedom Bill

WASHINGTON — Opposition from a growing coalition of national civil rights organizations, as well as a tight legislative schedule in Congress, appear to be damaging the chances for approval of a religious freedom bill that is a top priority for Jewish groups, congressional aides and Jewish activists say.The bill, the Workers Religious FreedomRead More


Mending a Fractured Relationship Through Diplomacy

By Nathaniel Popper

Stefan Schlueter’s effort to heal Germany’s wounded past extends even to the linguistic level. When speaking about Germans today, he carefully uses the phrases “non-Jewish Germans” and “Jewish Germans” to emphasize that both are a part of the German community.“It would give Hitler a small victory to think of Jews and Germans asRead More


Newsdesk June 18, 2004

Rabbi Settles CaseThe senior rabbi of the Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, Minn., settled a lawsuit alleging that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a woman he was counseling. However, he has retracted his decision to resign from the Conservative synagogue.“Right now he’s reweighing his options, but is frankly overwhelmedRead More


Liberal Activists Strive To Reclaim Faith

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Vowing to break the religious right’s monopoly in harnessing religion to politics, hundreds of liberal activists — Christians, Jews, Muslims and others — convened in Washington last week for what they hope will be the kickoff of a new movement rooted in an historic tradition of religion-inspired American liberalism.“We areRead More


Putting the Squeeze on Social Security

By Gus Tyler

The Social Security system upon which millions of retired Americans depend for their daily bread is in danger. And it is not due to any inherent faults within the system itself. Indeed, the Social Security system is, by far, the most successful profit-making operation that Uncle Sam ever has run.Created in 1935, the system began to pay outRead More


As Sharon’s Plan Advances, Officials Reconsider Arafat

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — For months, the Israeli public and the political system waited anxiously for the announcement of Attorney General Menachem Mazouz on whether he was going to press bribery charges against Prime Minister Sharon. Sharon’s security plans, the composition of his coalition and his own political future hung in the balance. WhenRead More


Help the Arab World Help Itself

By Osama El Baz

It would be a travesty of justice and the truth to assume that the governments of the Middle East are blind or deaf to the needs of their own peoples, or that they are unaware of the need to pursue a long-term plan for sustained reform that would enrich and improve the quality of life within their borders and generate new opportunities for theirRead More


Controversial Memorial Unveiled at Belzec

The notorious Nazi death camp at Belzec in Poland was rededicated last week as a shrine to the dead, in the presence of 1,000 witnesses from Israel, Germany, Poland and America.The centerpiece of the new $5 million memorial is a controversial, 600-foot walkway descending 30 feet into the ground, its walls lined with namesRead More


Nun Who Inspired Gibson Is Moved Toward Sainthood

By Eric J. Greenberg

If it weren’t for Mel Gibson, Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich might have remained an obscure figure, unknown to everyone but select Catholic scholars and a cult of the devoted.But Gibson’s inclusion of some of the 18th-century nun’s antisemitic visions in his controversial blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ” has placed herRead More


Agency Whisks Yemenites Away From N.Y. Enclave

By Marc Perelman

Listening to officials at the Jewish Agency for Israel tell it, the quasi-governmental Israeli social-service organization staged a made-for-movie rescue last week of a Jewish family being held captive by religious fanatics. But instead of whisking endangered refugees from impoverished or repressive states in Africa, the Arab world or the formerRead More


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