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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


Grasping for God With Arms Outstretched

By Nathaniel Popper

Most of the congregants who trickled in for Saturday services on a recent morning in Evanston, Ill., were wearing spandex. Warming up from the sub-freezing weather outside, they rolled out their blue plastic mats in preparation for the first prayer.When Rabbi Andrea London began the morning blessing, everyone assumed the lotus position, with backs…Read More


GOP Senator Raps Bush And Sharon Over Talks

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Senator Lincoln Chafee has a reputation as a maverick within the Republican Party, but that’s only half his troubles. Much of the pro-Israel lobby views him as a pain in the neck and wouldn’t mind seeing him gone from the Senate.Yet, in an exclusive interview, Chafee argued that it was President Bush and Prime MinisterRead More


Apartheid Enforcers Guard Iraq For the U.S.

By Marc Perelman

In its effort to relieve overstretched U.S. troops in Iraq, the Bush administration has hired a private security company staffed with former henchmen of South Africa’s apartheid regime.The reliance on apartheid enforcers was highlighted by an attack in Iraq last month that killed one South African security officer and wounded another whoRead More


Hawkish General Set To Snag Top Military Post in Jerusalem

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Although the official announcement has not been made, the word out of the Defense Ministry is that the commander of the Israel Air Force, Major General Dan Halutz, will be appointed deputy chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces this summer. The promotion makes Halutz the prime candidate to become Israel’s next military chief ofRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

When the president of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees, Bruce Raynor, endorsed North Carolina Senator John Edwards for president at a February 7 rally in Milwaukee, it was only the latest maverick move by the union leader.Many unions were flocking to the camp of the Democratic front-runner, Massachusetts Senator JohnRead More


Massachusetts Jews Stand Solidly Against Anti-Gay-Vows Initiative

By Nathaniel Popper

The successful fight last week to defeat a state constitutional amendment in Massachusetts banning gay marriage received a vigorous boost from Jewish legislators and communal groups.All 14 Jewish legislators at Massachusetts’s constitutional convention last week voted against the proposed Travis Amendment, which would have outlawedRead More


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


Passionate but Modest Proposal Calls for Sane, Humane Zionism

By Shlomo Avineri

The Fate of Zionism: A Secular Future for Israel & Palestine By Arthur Hertzberg HarperSanFrancisco,

208 pages, $19.95. * * *Arthur Hertzberg is a rare bird on the American Jewish scene: a Jewish public intellectual who is also a Jewish leader. Once upon a time — when there were not many Jewish academics in the United States —Read More


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