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Al Qaeda Spinoff Sets Sights On Jews

By Marc Perelman

The apparent evolution of Al Qaeda into a loose network of autonomous terrorist cells, as a result of U.S.-led attacks on Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, may be having the unintended effect of boosting the importance of Jewish targets as a primary focus of international Islamic terrorism.Declassified U.S. documents,Read More


The Other Preacher From the Galilee

By Allan Nadler

Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos:

Isaac Luria and his Kabbalistic Fellowship By Lawrence Fine Stanford University Press, 504 pages, $25.95. * * *He was a charismatic preacher from the Galilee whose teachings challenged the regnant Jewish doctrines of his day and undermined rabbinical authority. He communed with the spirits ofRead More


Minister Urging Americans To Protest Gaza Pullout Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israel’s housing minister, Effi Eitam, called on American Jews this week to “speak out, both as Americans and as supporters of Israel” against his own prime minister’s plan for disengagement in Gaza.“American Jewry should approach this issue both as citizens of a superpower that is fighting a global war againstRead More


It’s a Rich Battle as O’Reilly, Times Critic Square Off in Culture War

By Nathaniel Popper

The culture war sweeping across America sometimes can appear to boil down to a sparring match between two men.In one corner is Bill O’Reilly, representing the Fox News Channel and the new brand of conservative populism sweeping the nation. In the other is Frank Rich, wearing the colors of the New York Times and liberal urban culture.ThisRead More


Middle Class Feeling Pain Of Lengthy Jobs Dearth

By Nathaniel Popper

One number stood out among the disappointing employment statistics for February released last week: The average length of unemployment rose to 20.3 weeks — the highest in two decades.The lengthening tenure of the unemployed comes as little surprise to Joel Shurkin, a reporter who shared the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the ThreeRead More


U.S. Plans To Pressure Iranians Over Nukes

By Marc Perelman

In a bid to get Iran to halt its nuclear programs, the Bush administration is planning to expose the regime’s hidden nuclear activities in the run-up to a key meeting in June of the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to people close to the issue.Two sources said that the United States and Israel have intelligence on Iran’s nuclearRead More


Defending Withdrawal Plan, Sharon Aims at Top General

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — While Israel and the world community try to guess just what Prime Minister Sharon means when he speaks of his “disengagement plan,” Sharon himself has begun lashing out at the plan’s critics, choosing as his first target an unlikely — and quite unsuspecting — opponent: Israel’s military chief of staff, Lt. Gen. MosheRead More


Reform Rabbis Seek To Revive Food Laws

By Nacha Cattan

More than a century after the founders of Reform Judaism rejected kosher dietary laws as outdated practices likely to “obstruct” modern spiritual development, a growing cadre of the movement’s religious leaders are seeking to revive the practice.Discussion about resurrecting the observance of kosher laws, or kashrut, dominated the latestRead More


Fiddling With Tradition: Does Musical Misstep?

By Ami Eden

Mel Gibson isn’t the only director generating a heated debate over his depiction of Jews.As “The Passion of the Christ” racked up more than $200 million at movie theaters in just two weeks and generated loads of media attention, a burgeoning debate has emerged over the latest Broadway incarnation of “Fiddler on the Roof,” directed byRead More


Judge Decries ‘Frivolous’ Shoah Appeals

By Nacha Cattan

The federal judge overseeing a $1.25 billion Holocaust restitution settlement with Swiss banks is accusing an American survivor group of filing “frivolous” claims for more funds while survivors in the former Soviet Union live in abject poverty.Brooklyn federal judge Edward Korman filed a sharply worded memorandum this week, vividly detailingRead More


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