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Patent Office Rules Against Kabbalists

By Steven I. Weiss

Thanks to The Kabbalah Centre, various celebrities can be spotted donning red strings on their wrists that Jewish mystics say can ward off evil spirits. Apparently the threads, also known as bindles, do not work against the United States Patent and Trademark Office.The patent office has rejected an attempt by The Kabbalah Centre to trademark theRead More


Newsdesk December 12, 2003

Minister Pushing ReformIsrael’s interior minister, Avraham Poraz of the anti-clerical Shinui party, is planning to submit a sweeping reform of immigration and citizenship rules for Cabinet approval next week, according to a report in the daily Yediot Aharonot. The new rules would allow the granting of citizenship or permanent residency to tensRead More


Cummings Will Endorse Dean

The campaign of former Vermont governor Howard Dean is denying a newspaper report saying that questions about Dean’s support of Israel are delaying the endorsement of an influential black congressman.The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, was delaying the announcementRead More


Funding Lower for Senior-care Program

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Federal funding for a senior-care program pioneered by Jewish welfare federations is being reduced, with a record number of communities splitting the decreased pie.Twenty-one Jewish federations — up from 13 in 2003 — are expected to receive federal funds for the experimental program, known as Naturally Occurring RetirementRead More


Battling a ‘Bunch of Thugs’

By Gus Tyler

In addressing troops in Colorado on his way to his ranch in Texas, President Bush declared that he would not be intimidated by a “bunch of thugs.” He was referring, of course, to those plaguing our troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan.The president’s use of the term “thugs” may shed light on why these many months after the war was wonRead More


Fear of Olympics Terror Hits Greece

By Marc Perelman

The recent bombings in neighboring Turkey have triggered heightened concern among Greek authorities and Western intelligence officials about possible terrorist strikes during next summer’s Olympics games in Athens.Security experts and Western officials have long warned that a world event held in the heart of the Mediterranean, spread over moreRead More


Leaders Call for Commitment in Fighting AIDS

Jewish groups from across the denominational spectrum are calling on the community to help fight AIDS in Africa and other places hit hard by the pandemic.In an open letter to the Jewish community issued by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist leaders called on “synagogues and rabbis to renewRead More


Real Estate Magnate Sees a Third Way Leading to Mideast Peace

By Eric Marx

As the recently unveiled Geneva Understandings pick up international support — and settler leaders push their own model for resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — yet another Middle East peace plan is being put forward. Abe Hirschfeld, an eccentric real estate mogul and senatorial candidate from New York, has a binational plan that, heRead More


Survivors Say Compensation Fund Misled Them

By Nacha Cattan

Some Holocaust survivors are alleging that a restitution organization misguided them into paying $50 to apply for a compensation fund that they had almost no chance of receiving. Emily Kessler, 87, said that the Manhattan-based United Restitution Organization charged her $50 to process her application for a German pension fund. KesslerRead More


Writing a New Chapter in a Tale of Jewish Discovery

By Nathaniel Popper

Julie Sandorf and her husband Michael Weinberger gave little thought to Jewish rituals or observance as they raised their young daughter. Then one day, when she was 3 years old, their daughter came home from church nursery school and announced that she wanted to be “a Christian, not a Jewish.”If Sandorf’s ethnic anxietyRead More


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