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Cost of Medicine Imperiling Lives Of Sick Survivors

By Nacha Cattan

For Melvin Tilles, the oft-recycled phrase “your money or your life” has had a more literal applicability than for most.After two heart attacks and as many bypasses, Tilles, a Holocaust survivor living in Los Angeles, had one hope to continue living: a heart transplant. But his doctors did not want to perform the surgery. They arguedRead More


Groups Seek To Monitor Faith-Based Initiatives

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a tacit admission of their inability to block President Bush’s faith-based initiative, the Anti-Defamation League and other civil-liberties groups are shifting their fight to the field, in a concerted effort to monitor social service programs run by religious organizations.The Forward has learned that ADL staffers in WashingtonRead More


Catholics Greet Gibson’s ‘Passion’ With a Cacophony, Not a Chorus

By Andrew Greeley

If I were Jewish, I’d be worried about Mel Gibson’s film on the Passion of Jesus. I’d remember the blatant antisemitism of the Oberammergau Passion play and wonder whether Catholics were not up to their old tricks again. Hopefully I’d also remember that, while some Romans and some Jews were involved in the death of Jesus, even theyRead More


Arab States Push To Reaffirm Proposal for Treaties and Ties

By Marc Perelman; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

Desperate to kick-start the deadlocked Middle East peace process, Arab states are pushing to reaffirm their 2-year-old proposal to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for a negotiated peace, diplomats and observers said.Already, however, the issue of Palestinian refugees is emerging as a major sticking pointRead More


Christians Launch Effort To Counter Film’s Impact

By Nacha Cattan

With the controversial film “The Passion of the Christ” set to open next month, some Christian groups are launching campaigns to counter theological errors that may exist in Mel Gibson’s account of the death of Jesus, while several Roman Catholic scholars are calling on their church to outline publicly its doctrinal belief as aRead More


Taiwan Entertains Communal Leaders in Bid for Allies

By Nathaniel Popper

When five Jewish communal leaders returned last week from their all-expenses-paid five-day trip to Taiwan, they were exhausted from the 24-hour flight but laden with exotic gifts.At one meeting with high-ranking Taiwanese officials, the delegates received tea-cups, at another colorful ties were distributed.“The whole time I was thinking:Read More


A Flawed Fix, and an Opportunity To Address Immigration Problem

By Howard L. Berman

Jews know how it is to arrive in a foreign land as strangers — and not always to welcoming arms. In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, waves of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, including my father, arrived in the United States, often fleeing pogroms. Many were unskilled laborers who took low-paying jobs in factories where they wereRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

With Jewish support for the Democratic presidential candidates shifting after Monday’s Iowa caucuses, the campaigns are stepping up their outreach to the Jewish communities in New Hampshire and across the country.Following his rout at the hands of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who inRead More


Sharon Aide: U.S. ‘Indifferent’ To Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Bush administration, while focused intensely on its “grand plan” for remaking the Middle East, is “indifferent to the situation” between Israel and the Palestinians and is unlikely to re-engage until after the November elections, according to Israel’s defense minister, Shaul Mofaz.Speaking to the Forward in an exclusiveRead More


Cardinals Meet For a Dialogue With Top Rabbis

By Nacha Cattan

In a move that may reestablish the World Jewish Congress as the primary Jewish partner for dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, this week the organization arranged an unprecedented gathering of top-level Catholic and Jewish religious leaders from around the world.The two-day “open dialogue” included current and former chief rabbis from sixRead More


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