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Cubs, Red Sox Fans Long To Enter Promised Land

By Ami Eden

Call it a quirk in the calendar or a dose of divine inspiration, but each year as Jews turn the page on a spiritual year and complete the annual Torah reading cycle, one baseball team is finishing the final leg of its march to a World Series championship.It could be argued that in both cases the story always turns out the same. TheRead More


New Republic Cancels an Invite to Foe of Saudis

By Eric Marx, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington.

The New Republic magazine is coming under attack for co-sponsoring a recent forum with Saudi Arabia and allegedly agreeing to the kingdom’s demand that it withdraw its invitation to a leading critic of Riyadh.Author Stephen Schwartz told the Forward that he was removed from the panel at the behest of Saudi Arabia, whichRead More


An Open Letter to President Bush

By Gus Tyler

Dear POTUS,Please do not be offended by the way I address you with an acronym for President of the United States. I don’t know you well enough to call you “George.” To call you “Dubya” is to mock you. To call you “Mr. President” means that you are just another “Mister” among millions of “Misters.” But, as POTUS, you are aRead More


Rightist Minister Bridges Religious Divide, for Tourism

By Eric Marx

To most observers in this country, Israeli Tourism Minister Benny Elon does not readily conjure up images of pluralism and tolerance.Leader of the far-right Moledet Party, which advocates the “transfer” of Palestinians from the West Bank to nearby Arab countries, Elon is seen as one of the most politically extreme figures in Prime MinisterRead More


Foes Warn Measure Could Hurt Efforts To Fight Bias

By Daniel Treiman

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s gubernatorial bid is overshadowing a ballot initiative that will either — depending upon whom one asks — bring the Golden State one step closer to realizing the dream of a color-blind society or stymie government efforts to fight discrimination and serve an ethnically diverse population.Proposition 54, aRead More


Dems Divided Over Details on Economy

By E.J. Kessler

Voters can be forgiven if they didn’t notice too many differences among the economic policies proposed by the top Democratic presidential candidates at their debate in New York last week.One guy who was once in the candidates’ shoes didn’t notice many differences, either.“I was in 39 debates in 1987-88,” former Massachusetts governor andRead More


Charity Lays Off Survey Architect

By Nacha Cattan

The chief architect of the controversial National Jewish Population Survey, Jim Schwartz, has been laid off by the survey’s sponsor, United Jewish Communities, according to sources close to UJC.The philanthropy announced last week in an internal communication that Schwartz’s position as director of the North American Jewish Data Bank was beingRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Debate Drama: The reports are in: At the CNBC/Wall Street Journal debate in New York City on September 25, the candidate who took the most punches was the frontrunner, former Vermont governor Howard Dean, and not the newcomer, retired general Wesley Clark.Noticeably missing from the pileup on Dean, however, was Connecticut Senator JosephRead More


Russia Must Open Its Archives On Shoah Hero Raoul Wallenberg

By Tom Lantos

Twenty-two years ago this Sunday, Raoul Wallenberg became an honorary citizen of the United States. The honor, though, was truly ours: This extraordinary man helped save tens of thousands of lives, including my wife’s and mine, while working under the direction of the American government.Yet, the full truth about Wallenberg’s ownRead More


Dershowitz Rebuts Critics’ Plagiarism Charges

By Eric Marx

Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz is firing back at critics accusing him of plagiarism in his recently released book, “The Case for Israel.”“I’m coming out swinging,” Dershowitz said in an interview with the Forward, in which he responded to the charge made last week by Norman Finkelstein, a DePaul University professor whoRead More


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