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By E.J. Kessler

Debate Drama: The reports are in: At the CNBC/Wall Street Journal debate in New York City on September 25, the candidate who took the most punches was the frontrunner, former Vermont governor Howard Dean, and not the newcomer, retired general Wesley Clark.Noticeably missing from the pileup on Dean, however, was Connecticut Senator JosephRead More


Russia Must Open Its Archives On Shoah Hero Raoul Wallenberg

By Tom Lantos

Twenty-two years ago this Sunday, Raoul Wallenberg became an honorary citizen of the United States. The honor, though, was truly ours: This extraordinary man helped save tens of thousands of lives, including my wife’s and mine, while working under the direction of the American government.Yet, the full truth about Wallenberg’s ownRead More


Dershowitz Rebuts Critics’ Plagiarism Charges

By Eric Marx

Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz is firing back at critics accusing him of plagiarism in his recently released book, “The Case for Israel.”“I’m coming out swinging,” Dershowitz said in an interview with the Forward, in which he responded to the charge made last week by Norman Finkelstein, a DePaul University professor whoRead More


Tourists Outnumber Residents In Storied Indian Community

By Jana Winter

“I feel like an endangered species, like a rhinoceros in a zoo,” Joseph Hallegua said with the faint helplessness of an old patriarchal figure slowly losing control over his domain.The 70-something Hallegua is one of the last Cochin Jews, trying to come to terms with the grim future of his community. On the island of Cochin in the southernRead More


Movie Mogul Makes Debut as a Macher

By Nathaniel Popper

In the brouhaha over the Anti-Defamation League’s decision to honor Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at a dinner last week, hardly anyone commented on the surprisingly prominent presence of film mogul Harvey Weinstein on the dais.While Weinstein, the co-chairman of Miramax Films, is a famously large personality — a stapleRead More


Beyond Mexicanidad: The Other Roots of Frida Kahlo’s Identity

By Leslie Camhi

In 1932, Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera were dining with other guests at the Detroit home of Henry Ford, the automotive titan and noted antisemite. (The city had commissioned Rivera to paint a series of murals devoted to the theme of modern industry.) During a lull in conversation, with a characteristic mixture of seeming naivete andRead More


Vatican Distances Itself From Praise Of Gibson’s Movie

By Marc Perelman

The Vatican is distancing itself from the comments of two Catholic officials who recently praised the controversial Mel Gibson movie “The Passion.”In a letter sent to the Anti-Defamation League, Cardinal Walter Kasper, the top Vatican liaison to the Jewish community, said that any endorsements of the film from topRead More


Peres Birthday Bash a Blast From the Oslo Past

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Celebrating his 80th birthday this week, Shimon Peres enjoyed what was in many ways his finest hour. His two-day birthday party was, by Israeli standards, a feast fit for a caesar. Never before in the history of the country — and probably never again — had so many foreign leaders and dignitaries traveled so far just to singRead More


AJCongress Opens Talks With Group Of Islamists

By Marc Perelman

The American Jewish Congress has opened an initial discussion with a Muslim group associated with the main Islamist party in Pakistan and is considering deeper contacts.The dialogue, involving the Jewish group and the Islamic Circle of North America, has been approved by Jewish, Israeli and American officials, according to AJCongressRead More


Wesley Clark Jumps in With Kosher-Style Kickoff

By E.J. Kessler

It was only in his 20s that Wesley Clark, the retired general and Iraq war critic, discovered his Jewish ancestry. But the newest entry in the Democratic presidential race has wasted no time in bringing his fledgling campaign to Jewish precincts — and by this week he seemed poised to inherit some Jewish voters uncomfortableRead More





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