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From Haiti’s Chaos, a Lesson About Iraq

By Gus Tyler

President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has fled his country in a recurrence of the violent disorder that has haunted the history of Haiti over and over again. Superficially, this should not be so. Some 95% of the population is descended from slaves. Haiti, which is smaller than Maryland, has a population of less than 7 million. All of thisRead More


For Tradition’s Sake: One Reform Temple Cleaves to Sunday Services

By Nathaniel Popper

At the beginning of the week’s main service at the Chicago Sinai Congregation, Rabbi Michael Sternfield cheerily wished those present a “good Shabbes,” but immediately caught himself. It being Sunday, when Sinai’s central service takes place, Sternfield turned to a more appropriate greeting:. “I mean…Read More


WJC Tour Offers Crash Course in Judaism

By Steven I. Weiss

A delegation of French Catholic bishops toured New York last week for what amounted to a crash course in Judaism.Organized by the World Jewish Congress, the four-day encounter included visits to institutions ranging from Reform to Chasidic. WJC chairman Israel Singer described the tour as an outgrowth of a desire to further theRead More


Aufbau Must Relocate or Close

By Nathaniel Popper

For the Jewish immigrants who founded the German-language newspaper Aufbau in 1934, America represented the future and Germany the past. Things certainly have changed.Just days after the Jewish newspaper’s 70th-anniversary issue was published last week, editors said the paper’s financial situation in America had grown so tenuous thatRead More


My Cruel Valentine

By Amy Sohn

An Almost Perfect Moment By Binnie Kirshenbaum Ecco, 336 pages, $23.95. * * *Binnie Kirshenbaum’s new novel, “An Almost Perfect Moment,” is a good sad book, which means Kirshenbaum seduces you into caring about each of her characters, and just when you think they might get what they want, she robs them of real joy one by one. Set inRead More


Bishops Slammed for Support of ‘Passion’

By Eric J. Greenberg

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is drawing harsh condemnations in some circles over its much-anticipated review of “The Passion of the Christ.”Using terms like “outrage” and “betrayal,” several Jewish and Catholic interfaith leaders are saying that in praising Mel Gibson’s film on Jesus’ last 12 hours, theRead More


‘Passion’ Critics Endanger Jews, Angry Rabbis Claim, Attacking Groups, Foxman

By Nacha Cattan

The debate within the Jewish community over the proper response to “The Passion of the Christ” was turned up a notch last week when an outspoken Orthodox rabbi declared the film’s Jewish critics can be placed in the religious category of rodef, or pursuer.The term is used in rabbinic jurisprudence to describe an assailant who threatensRead More


Crisis Erupting Over Soldier Won Back in Hezbollah Trade

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — The simmering debate over Israel’s January 29 hostage exchange deal with Hezbollah erupted into a full-scale political crisis this week, following news reports that Prime Minister Sharon had a personal relationship with the father-in-law of the sole Israeli brought home alive in the deal, reserve colonel and suspected drugRead More


Right-Wingers Urging Judge To Take On Bush

By Ami Eden

With the Democratic primaries all but over and Ralph Nader pledging to run for the White House, only one piece of the November electoral lineup remains unsettled: Will President Bush face an independent challenge from his right?Speculation is rampant on the Web and among dissatisfied conservatives that Roy Moore — who grabbedRead More


Putin Appoints Russia’s Third Jewish Premier

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — In a hotly anticipated move that kept Kremlin-watchers guessing about policies on everything from economics to nationalities, Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed his country’s third Jewish prime minister in its post-Soviet history.Not much is known about Russia’s newly appointed prime minister, Mikhail Fradkov. The formerRead More


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