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Award-winning Yiddish Author Yehuda Elberg, 91, Dies in Montreal

By Rachel Zuckerman

Award-winning Yiddish author Yehuda Elberg died in his sleep in Montreal on October 18. He was 91.A widely acclaimed Yiddishist whose body of work documented shtetl life, he gained popularity in the English-speaking world after a 1997 English translation of two of his novels: “Ship of the Hunted” and “The Empire of Kalman the Cripple.”Read More


Kremlin Targets Jewish Tycoons In War on Critics

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — Oil titan Mikhail Khodorkovsky is not the first Jew who has risen to become Russia’s richest citizen. Before him Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky had their stints, while Vladimir Gusinsky got close.In Russia, however, life at the top is not all that it’s cracked up to be.Berezovsky and Gusinsky are now in exile,Read More


Think Tank Head Defends Invitation to Fatah Activists

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Facing criticism for hosting prominent Fatah activists at the Washington think tank he heads, former special Middle East envoy Dennis Ross defended inviting them in a letter to the institute’s board of trustees in which he wrote that government decision-makers should be exposed to authentic Palestinian leaders.Ross, directorRead More


Why We Israelis and Palestinians Took Peace Into Our Own Hands

By Yossi Beilin

When the Geneva Understandings were made public in Jordan three weeks ago, people asked me how I could dare to conduct a private negotiation with a Palestinian leader to reach a draft peace accord without the authorization of my government.Given the current state of affairs in my country and my region, how could I not?The optimistic moments ofRead More


Washington Lobbyist Rips ZOA Leader About Firing

By Eric Marx

The Zionist Organization of America, an organization known for its aggressive tactics and harsh criticisms of the White House, has dismissed its top Washington lobbyist, Sarah Stern.Stern told the Forward that she and ZOA president Morton Klein had repeatedly clashed over his intense criticism of the Bush administration. But, sheRead More


Cheney Taps Syria Hawk As Adviser On Mideast

By Marc Perelman

Despite mounting criticism of the administration’s Iraq policy, Vice President Dick Cheney appears to be ratcheting up his commitment to the circle of neoconservative intellectuals who helped spearhead President Bush’s war policy, adding one of its most controversial proponents to his national security staff in a little-noticed move lastRead More


Frustrated Sociologists Want Census Religion Question

By Nacha Cattan

Jewish researchers frustrated with the trouble-plagued National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01 are calling for a question on religion to be added to the decennial United States Census.Bucking the Jewish community’s historic opposition to government inquiries on religion, three leading scholars now say it may be the only way to count JewsRead More


Conservatives Ramp Up Abortion Fight

By Ori Nir, With Reporting by Ami Eden in New York.

Washington — Emboldened by the passage of a ban on so-called “partial birth” abortions last week, Republican conservatives in Congress now plan to push several other bills aimed at limiting abortions on a national level.Congressional staffers confirmed this week that Congress is planning to restart the legislative process in the nearRead More


Russian Immigrants Struggle in Small German Towns

By Nathaniel Popper

HAMELN, Germany — Sounds of hammering and sawing came from the back of the six-year-old Jewish community center in this Lower Saxony town. Three older men, all volunteers, were at work on a stage for the new prayer room.Surrounded by sawdust and pine planks, the men took a break to debate, in Russian, the proper way to affix a mezuza to the doorRead More


Israeli Army Splits With Pols On How to Govern Territories

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — With fears growing that Israeli-Palestinian relations are reaching a dangerous stalemate, a power struggle has erupted within the Israeli security establishment over the conduct of Israel’s war against terrorism.Israel’s military brass is pressing for an easing of some recent restrictionsRead More


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