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Conservative Head Calls Sabbath-Driving Rule a ‘Mistake’

By Nacha Cattan

The head of Conservative Judaism’s flagship institution is arguing that the movement made a “mistake” when it issued a landmark ruling a half-century ago permitting Jews to drive to synagogue on the Sabbath.Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, made his declaration last week in Dallas during a speech at theRead More


Former CIA Director Calls for Tougher Policy on Syria

By Marc Perelman

Washington should send an American aircraft carrier to the Syrian coast, summon strongman Bashar al-Assad aboard, chide him vigorously for sponsoring terrorism, meddling in Iraq and pursuing weapons of mass destruction — and take special care to confront him over Syria’s occupation of Lebanon.So says the CIA’sRead More


Ukraine Tycoon Creating a Stir With Purchase Of U.S. Media

By Nathaniel Popper

Ukraine’s most prominent and controversial Jewish businessman, Vadim Rabinovich, said he has bought a “controlling stake” in America’s oldest Russian-language daily newspaper, Novoe Russkoe Slovo, and its sister radio station, Narodnya Volna.Rabinovich, the first overseas owner of NRS, holds a numberRead More


Hawks, Doves Face Off Following UCLA Fracas

LOS ANGELES — After reading news of devastating fire storms, widespread local labor strikes and Middle East suicide bombings, readers of the Los Angeles Times may have found some relief in the headline “UCLA Rabbi Accused of Kicking Woman.”The incident may generate some laughs, but it has triggered a face-off between supporters and criticsRead More


Sharon Feeling Pressure As Neocon, IDF Chief Slam West Bank Policy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Still smarting from an embarrassing dust-up with his top general a day earlier, Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon received a stunning public rebuke last week from a key ally in Washington when Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz endorsed a peace plan that envisions Israel withdrawing to its June 1967 borders.Wolfowitz, consideredRead More


Religious Right Fights To Save Pro-Settler Radio Station

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Last month’s closure of the major media outlet of the pro-settler religious right, radio station Arutz-7, has left supporters scrambling to get it back on the air and critics satisfied that the law against illegal broadcasting has been upheld.The Oct. 20 ruling by a Jerusalem Magistrates Court, after four and a half yearsRead More


Throw Full Weight of Washington Behind Middle East Peace Process

By Wesley Clark

as a cadet at west point, i learned that a state cannot survive for long unless it alone controls the use of force. the story that most vividly illustrates this point started back in 1948. it is the story of the state of israel.In June of that year, a ship named the Altalena dropped anchor off the coast of Tel Aviv. The vessel was loadedRead More


Volunteers at Tracing Center Help Relatives Reunite

By Max Gross

Ann Robins knows 156 different ways to spell the name “Schwartz.”As a volunteer for the Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center, Robins has gone through every permutation of that name, as well as hundreds of other names in many languages, as she searches through documents looking for information about those whoRead More


Once More, Survivors Find Comfort in One Another

By Martin Rosenberg

Allegra Tevet, like so many others, could not take the strange, hot, fall-afternoon sun this past Sunday.So my 81-year-old mother-in-law sat in the shade of a cavernous white tent as she looked up at a big video screen at Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel speaking from the plaza outside of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.He was addressingRead More


Rap Star Takes Pro-Israel Stance

By Max Gross

Tuesday night was Hammer time on the Tovia Singer Show.The erstwhile rap star M.C. Hammer voiced his staunch support for Israel on Singer’s New York-based radio show, which airs on Israel’s Arutz 7 radio station. Hammer (nè Stanley Kirk Burrell) spoke about the Holy Land, black-Jewish relations and the loss of his fortune in theRead More


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