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By E.J. Kessler

Agnostic About Arnold: California’s top Republican brass is decidedly agnostic about the gubernatorial bid of moderate Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, despite the media frenzy it touched off and polls showing the actor to be the leading candidate. Basically, they’re waiting to see whether he will survive whatever dirt comes outRead More


Gay Muslims Work Toward a New Islam

By Mubarak Dahir

The melodic strains of the Muslim call for prayer reverberate off the walls of the odd-shaped room as a handful of men and women gather side by side in a row up front. Eventually, the small assembly of faithful bend and bow in the familiarly graceful motions that constitute the Muslim prayer.But this is no mosque, and certainly no ordinaryRead More


Political Cartoon Raises Ire in Philadelphia

By Andrea Schleider

A recent cartoon published in the Philadelphia Inquirer criticizing Israel’s security fence is creating a tempest among Philadelphia’s Jewish community and major Jewish organizations.Tony Auth, a Pulitzer Prize winner and staff editorial cartoonist for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1971, illustrated a cartoon depicting Arabs cordonedRead More


In Ever-Richer European Union, Roma Still Live in Abject Poverty

By George Soros

The newly expanded European Union will stretch from the Atlantic to the Aegean, from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. Europeans will have 23 official languages in which to discuss how to spend their common currency. Borders have been knocked down, and cooperation has increased. The E.U., however, has not been a partnership for all its citizens.TooRead More


Bank Head Steps Down After Praising Hitler

By Rachel Zuckerman

The president of a Chicago area bank stepped down last week after a furor erupted over his comments praising Hitler’s economic policies.In a 1,500-word article in the July issue of Outlook, the online newsletter of the Glenview State Bank, which serves thousands of customers in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago, President David RaubRead More


Israeli Underworld Surfaces as Gang Warfare Hits Street

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Despite the shaky cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians, Israel’s streets are stained with blood this summer, due to an explosion of gang warfare that has police baffled.One of Israel’s most feared mobsters, Yisrael “Alice” Mizrahi, 58, was killed last week when his Mercedes jeep was blown up near his south TelRead More


Jerusalem Ups Pressure To Stop Iran Nuke Program

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israel’s summer of calm was on the verge of collapsing into new warfare this week, after a pair of deadly Palestinian terrorist attacks left tempers near the boiling point.The back-to-back suicide bombings, the worst spate of terrorism since the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire began six weeks ago, left two IsraelisRead More


U.S., E.U., Russia Seen Heeding Israel’s Warning

By Marc Perelman

Israel is stepping up its effort to gather international support to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear program.The intensified diplomatic effort is based on the assumption — reportedly adopted this month for the first time as part of Israel’s official political-military strategic planning — that Iran will have a nuclearRead More


Dr. Laura Loses Her Religion

By Lisa Keys

With 12 million Americans tuning in daily, controversial syndicated radio-show host Laura Schlessinger — known to all as “Dr. Laura” — is arguably the best-known Orthodox Jew in the United States.Rather, she was.In a shocking if little-noticed revelation, Schlessinger — who very publicly converted to Judaism five years ago — openedRead More


Orthodox Rabbis Forbid Birthright Trips for Youths

Several of the world’s most prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbis are urging parents not to allow their children to participate in Birthright Israel, a multimillion-dollar program that offers free trips to Israel for young Jews.Rabbis in the United States and Israel signed separate statements condemning Birthright, which is funded byRead More





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