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Critics Slam Rabbi, Y.U. Over Article on Gentiles

By Nacha Cattan

An article in a student publication of Yeshiva University’s affiliated rabbinical seminary that suggests the basis for the religious prohibition against murder is different for Jews and non-Jews is causing a stir in the Modern Orthodox world.The article quotes classical Jewish texts to support the argument that while the Bible contains aRead More


Showdown Looms for Sharon in Party Fight

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon traded verbal blows this week with the apparatus of his ruling Likud party, with disputes ranging from pure ideology to naked power in the background. The stage has now been set for a dramatic showdown next month that could have a profound effect on both.The party’s top decision-making authority, the LikudRead More


Culture Wars Spark Flip-Flop On States’ Rights

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a historic about-face in the debate over federalism, conservatives are increasingly attempting to curtail states’ rights over social issuues through congressional legislation and the federal courts, while liberals are arguing for local control on several fronts.This shift was onRead More


Neocon Pair Outlines a Strategy To ‘End Evil’

By Nathaniel Popper

Two of Washington’s most famed neoconservatives — David Frum and Richard Perle — have issued a stinging critique of America’s fight against terrorism and are urging more aggressive action.In their new book, “An End to Evil: How to Win the War on Terror” (Random House), Frum and Perle call for universal biometric fingerprinting,Read More


Moscow Moves To Install Chabad Ally as Top Rabbi

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The deputy mayor of Moscow is pushing for the merger of the offices of the two rival chief rabbis of Russian Jewry, the Forward has learned, in what is being seen as a bid by the government to install one as the sole representative of the divided community.The deputy mayor, Alexander Reisen, convened a meeting December 20Read More


Israel Fears Isolation, Sanctions Over Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Bracing for a ruling against its separation fence by the World Court — which could pave the way for South Africa-style international sanctions — Israel and its allies here are considering a campaign to discredit the court as a biased organ of the United Nations.The proposed campaign is highly controversial even amongRead More


Panelists Claim New Republic Cut Their Anti-Saudi Remarks

By Eric Marx

Participants in a panel discussion sponsored by The New Republic and Saudi Arabia are claiming that their most hard-hitting criticisms of the kingdom were edited out of a transcript that appeared in the magazine.Billed as an opportunity to talk about Islam and its contemporary relationship with the West, the November 13 panelRead More


Panelists Claim New Republic Cut Their Anti-Saudi Remarks

By Eric Marx

Participants in a panel discussion sponsored by The New Republic and Saudi Arabia are claiming that their most hard-hitting criticisms of the kingdom were edited out of a transcript that appeared in the magazine.Billed as an opportunity to talk about Islam and its contemporary relationship with the West, the November 13 panelRead More


Newsdesk January 9, 2004

Israelis To Visit LibyaFollowing the announcement by President Muammar Gadhafi last month that Libya is willing to forgo its weapons of mass destruction, Israel has initiated diplomatic contacts with Tripoli.The head of the Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic team, Ron Prosor, met in Paris in late December with Libyan diplomats, in orderRead More


AJCongress Stands Alone on Pledge Issue

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Efforts to forge a compromise position on the debate over the Pledge of Allegiance have left the American Jewish Congress standing alone, at odds with its erstwhile allies in both the civil-rights community and religious groups.First the Jewish group broke with other civil-rights groups, including the Anti-DefamationRead More


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