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Patent Office Rules Against Kabbalists

By Steven I. Weiss

Thanks to The Kabbalah Centre, various celebrities can be spotted donning red strings on their wrists that Jewish mystics say can ward off evil spirits. Apparently the threads, also known as bindles, do not work against the United States Patent and Trademark Office.The patent office has rejected an attempt by The Kabbalah Centre to trademark theRead More


Newsdesk December 12, 2003

Minister Pushing ReformIsrael’s interior minister, Avraham Poraz of the anti-clerical Shinui party, is planning to submit a sweeping reform of immigration and citizenship rules for Cabinet approval next week, according to a report in the daily Yediot Aharonot. The new rules would allow the granting of citizenship or permanent residency to tensRead More


Cummings Will Endorse Dean

The campaign of former Vermont governor Howard Dean is denying a newspaper report saying that questions about Dean’s support of Israel are delaying the endorsement of an influential black congressman.The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, was delaying the announcementRead More


Funding Lower for Senior-care Program

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Federal funding for a senior-care program pioneered by Jewish welfare federations is being reduced, with a record number of communities splitting the decreased pie.Twenty-one Jewish federations — up from 13 in 2003 — are expected to receive federal funds for the experimental program, known as Naturally Occurring RetirementRead More


Battling a ‘Bunch of Thugs’

By Gus Tyler

In addressing troops in Colorado on his way to his ranch in Texas, President Bush declared that he would not be intimidated by a “bunch of thugs.” He was referring, of course, to those plaguing our troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan.The president’s use of the term “thugs” may shed light on why these many months after the war was wonRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Junk Food Joe: Before the news of Al Gore’s endorsement roiled the field, Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman was pushing his pro-family sally against junk food and those who would sell it to American children.“Parents today are being forced to contend with a new threat: big food companies targeting junk food at children,” LiebermanRead More


Gore’s Dean Endorsement Exposes Lieberman’s Woes

By E.J. Kessler

Fulfilling their need to name a winner and a loser for every campaign development, pundits were describing former vice president Al Gore’s endorsement this week of former Vermont governor Howard Dean as a body blow to the presidential aspirations of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman. Lieberman clearly was surprised and chagrined by the moveRead More


David Friedman, Journalist, Dies

The former Washington bureau chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, David Friedman, died December after a long illness. He was 68.Friedman served as JTA’s Washington bureau chief from 1981 until his retirement in 1992.During his tenure, Friedman covered pivotal news events, including Israel’s war in Lebanon, the first Palestinian intifada andRead More


Russian Politics as Usual, With Putin’s Grasp Firm

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — There was a time not too long ago that Russia was famous for its instability. Observers joked that if President Boris Yeltsin lived long enough everyone would get a crack at being prime minister.President Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000 promising to change all that, to make life predictable again for Russians. In this, judging fromRead More


Jewish Agency Maintains Funding Split

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting From Jta.

After months of heated political battles, the Jewish Agency for Israel has managed to thwart efforts to cut its funding from American charitable federations.Faced with shrinking donations from federations and changing needs abroad, the federations’ national roof body, the United Jewish Communities, had spent the past year in a messy tug-of-warRead More





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