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Rules for Religious Charities Drawing Fire

By Nacha Cattan

New White House regulations could force needy people seeking help from religious charities to sit through religious services before they can receive aid, Jewish civil-rights groups are charging.The civil rights groups say the new rules, which bar charities from forcing recipients of government aid to participate “actively” in activities suchRead More


Rabbi Presses the President On Rise in American Poverty

By Ami Eden

President Bush got an earful from one of the 16 rabbis he invited to the White House Monday.Made up mostly of Orthodox clergymen, the group focused on issues related to Israel and the war on terrorism, according to several participants. Two rabbis urged Bush to consider clemency for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard. But, during a sudden lullRead More


Rhetoric Escalates Over Pilots’ Rebellion

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The shocking announcement by 27 Air Force pilots that they would refuse to participate in what they called “illegal and immoral” assassination attempts against Palestinian terrorists is hitting a raw nerve among army generals and reopening the bitter schisms in Israeli politics.While described as an “insignificant minority”Read More


Germans Reexamine Their Own WWII Suffering

By Nathaniel Popper

The landscape of German communal memory has undergone a seismic shift in the past year, if a series of film screenings and panel discussions over the next month at New York’s Goethe Institute is any indication.Until recently, any German discussion of World War II focused on the pain the Nazis inflicted on others. The suffering ofRead More


Congress Pushing Bush on Saudi Arabia

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The White House is standing by Saudi Arabia, even as congressional pressure mounts on the Bush administration to confront Riyadh’s alleged funding of Hamas.Congressmen from both parties are demanding that the administration pressure the Saudi government into enforcing a decree issued by Crown Prince Abdullah more than a year agoRead More


Kudos for the King of ‘Clowns’

By Wendy Wasserstein

Playwright Herb Gardner found success when he was just 27 years old. The Brooklyn boy, who graduated from the High School of Performing Arts and sold orange drink at the Cort and National theaters, won the New York Drama Critics Prize as most promising playwright of the season when his show “A Thousand Clowns” opened on Broadway in 1962. HisRead More


Morocco Considering Renewed Relations

By Marc Perelman

Morocco and Israel are mulling a resumption of diplomatic relations, which were severed by the Arab kingdom after the outbreak of the intifada.After resuming public meetings and contacts with Israeli officials in recent weeks, King Mohammed VI of Morocco told American Jewish communal leaders in New York last week thatRead More


Stymied Administration Slams Both Sides

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Stymied by the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic deadlock and seemingly unwilling to risk its shrinking political capital, the Bush administration issued a round of contradictory, top-level messages this week that left observers convinced it was merely trying to buy time while appearing engaged.The apparent confusion reached its heightRead More


Israel’s Richest Woman Packs Her Bags

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM – With an estimated worth of $2.4 billion, Shari Arison is the richest woman, and perhaps the richest citizen, in Israel. Or, rather, she was.Arison, a banking and corporate executive who ranked 158th on this year’s Forbes list of richest people in the world, is not suddenly facing poverty. She is no longer the richest woman inRead More


Author Battling Antisemitism at the Ice Rink

By Max Gross

In March 2002, Israeli ice dancers Sergei Sakhnovsky and Galit Chait won a bronze medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in Nagano, Japan, edging out a Lithuanian pair who finished in fourth place. Within days, a petition was circulating among skaters and judges saying that the Israelis’ medal was “not justified.”“How much didRead More





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