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Ordained Daughter Follows in Her Father’s Footsteps

By Robin Heffler

Gabai’s father, Yosef, the chief Sephardic rabbi of northern Israel, had recently died, and she long had yearned to be a rabbi herself. But rabbinical school simply wasn’t an option for women in her family, which claims a lineage of Orthodox rabbis going back to the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492. So Gabai put her dream onRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Shot Seen ’Round the World: The most enduring image of the 32-month-long intifada is undoubtedly that of Mohammed Al-Dura, the 12-year-old boy who died in his father’s arms during an exchange of fire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in Gaza.The footage of the firefight, shot by a French television cameraman, has become a touchstone inRead More


Rabbi Denies Knowledge of Memorial

By Nacha Cattan

The former chief Ashkenazic rabbi of Israel who was said to have authorized a controversial plan to build a memorial at a Nazi extermination camp in Poland is now saying he knows nothing about the plan.The American Jewish Committee and other organizers of the plan have been pointing for months to a letter written on the letterhead of RabbiRead More


Britain Set To Deliberate Ban On Kosher Slaughter

By Sam Greene

LONDON — A debate over kosher slaughter in Britain is pitting animal-rights activists against Jewish community leaders, and placing the country’s Jewish and Muslim communities on the same side of the fence.Next month, the British government is expected to consider a report from an animal-rights advisory group that will ask for a ban onRead More


Moving On After Crown Heights Verdict

By Nacha Cattan

Two days after the verdict in the third trial of Lemrick Nelson Jr., a mix of black and Jewish leaders met in Crown Heights to announce that the community would move forward not backward.The message was delivered at a press conference May 16 on Kingston Avenue to a handful of passersby — mostly children — and even fewer journalists. ManyRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman’s May 13 appearance in front of a group of young Democrats in New York prompted divergent reactions in the national media.The Associated Press led its story about Lieberman’s speech to 400 supporters of Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century by noting the “hissing” and “jeers” that greeted theRead More


Major Suspected Al Qaeda Attacks Since September 11, 2001

By Forward Staff and JTA

April 11, 2002 — Djerba, Tunisia. In a suicide attack, a tanker truck explodes at an ancient synagogue on the island of Djerba killing 21 people, including 14 German tourists.Read More


WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

Split on Church-State CaseJewish organizations are gearing up for a landmark Supreme Court church-state case, following Monday’s decision by the court to hear an appeal regarding government funding for religious education.The case involves Joshua Davey, a theology student in the state of Washington who applied for a state grant to help pay hisRead More


For the Health of Our Nation, Insure All American Children

By Howard Dean

In the richest, most advanced country in the world in the 21st century, it’s simply wrong for sick children to go without seeing a doctor because their parents can’t afford it. It’s wrong for a woman to find out she has late-stage breast cancer, because she couldn’t afford a mammogram. It’s wrong for seniors to have to choose betweenRead More


Wolfowitz Slammed on Turkey Comment

By Ami Eden

A veteran Democratic congressman is calling for the resignation of Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, claiming the Pentagon official is “undermining” democracy in Turkey.Speaking from the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank called on Wolfowitz to resign over remarks he made in an interviewRead More





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