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By E.J. Kessler

Dean Damage Update: More headaches for former Vermont governor Howard Dean: An outspoken Orthodox assemblyman says he is going to make an issue in the New York primary out of Dean’s September gaffe on Israel.Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who represents Borough Park in Brooklyn, is vowing to give Dean grief for his remarkRead More


Senator Urges Orthodox Leaders To Wage War on Secularism

By Eric Marx, With Reporting by Nacha Cattan.

The senate’s third-ranking Republican urged Orthodox leaders to fight the powers of “radical secularism” as if “the lives of your children are at stake.”Senator Rick Santorum, leader of the Senate Republican conference, issued his call Monday in Manhattan during the Monday keynote address at a gathering of Orthodox Union leaders,Read More


Rewriting the Script on Reagan: Why the President Ignored AIDS

By Michael Bronski

For the last two months I’ve been teaching a course titled “Plagues and Politics: The Impact of AIDS on U.S. Culture” at Dartmouth College, and have spent an enormous amount of time thinking about the AIDS pandemic. So when the political flap over the historical accuracy of “The Reagans” — the CBS miniseriesRead More


U.S. To Support Rare Israeli Resolution

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — The administration has indicated that it would vote in favor of the first resolution introduced by Israel to the United Nations General Assembly in 27 years.The resolution, which is on the protection of children, was to be formally introduced in the third committee of the General Assembly on Wednesday in response to anRead More


Groups Rebuke Powell, Annan for Endorsement Of Geneva Peace Plan; Leader of Reform Steps Out Against Bush and Sharon

By Ori Nir, Ami Eden; With Reporting by Nacha Cattan in New York.

WASHINGTON — With American and international support building for an alternative Middle East peace plan opposed by Prime Minister Sharon, several Jewish groups stepped up their attacks on the initiative and its supporters.Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Zionist Organization of America publicly rebuked Secretary of State Colin Powell thisRead More


Washington Seeking To Reduce Number of Anti-Israel Votes at U.N.

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — The United States is embarking on the most comprehensive campaign in years to reduce the number of anti-Israel resolutions routinely passed by the United Nations General Assembly.Top State Department officials, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, have lobbied capitals, ministers and diplomats in recent months toRead More


ADL Interfaith Official Quits, Stance on Film Questioned

By Nacha Cattan

A leading critic of Mel Gibson’s controversial film about the death of Jesus has resigned from his post at the Anti-Defamation League.Eugene Korn, the ADL’s director of interfaith affairs, told the Forward that his resignation last week represented a “mutual decision” resulting from his need for “a more reflective and contemplativeRead More


Baby Food Scare Breeds Fear, Suspicion Among Israelis

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israelis often suppose that their long history of warfare, capped by three years of bloody intifada, have all but immunized them against life’s more mundane fears and anxieties. But nothing could have prepared them for the sheer terror raised this week by the specter of tainted baby food.That terror swept the Jewish stateRead More


Dem Hopefuls Appoint Liaisons To Shore Up Communal Support

By E.J. Kessler

Got Jews?As the Democratic presidential contenders gear up for a final push before the primaries, a number of campaigns are designating personnel as liaisons to the Jewish community.The campaigns’ fundraisers have been operating feverishly among Jews from the get-go — Jewish donors supply more than half the funds for any DemocraticRead More


Yiddishist Fred Weinberg Dies

By Chana Pollack

Fred Weinberg, the Toronto pediatrician, Judaica collector and Yiddishist, died Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 84.Born in Ostrovtse (Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski), Poland, in 1919, he immigrated to Canada in 1924. As a Jewish community cultural activist, Weinberg was a published writer and noted lecturer in several fields including museology,Read More





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  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
  • Not a gazillionaire? Take the "poor door."
  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
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