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Lonesome Prairie: Midwest Young Head for Coasts

By Lisa Keys

OMAHA, Neb. — Aaron Pollak looks back fondly on his childhood on the prairie. He recalls bicycling over Omaha’s rolling hills, walking on the Old Market’s cobblestone streets, playing at the JCC day camp and participating in the Jewish community.But there’s no beach in Omaha, no thriving nightlife. There aren’t any national parks nearby,Read More


Yiddish Words Gain Recognition in American Dictionary’s New Edition

By Ross Schneiderman

It may mean bubkes to some, but oy, does it mean a lot to others. This week, a major force in the American dictionary establishment recognized two of the Yiddish language’s most common slang words.Merriam-Webster released the 11th edition of its dictionary on Tuesday, and many readers were delighted to find in it the Yiddish words “oy” andRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Separate But Not Equal: “Judaism,” David Gelernter announces in the July-August issue of Commentary, “is the most important intellectual development in human history.”To wit: The Cold War set the Christian and “post-Christian modernist” West against the Marxist East. “The one thing Christianity and Marxism had in common,”Read More


Rolling Stone Reporter Gets Inside Peek at West Point

By Max Gross

David Lipsky can’t stop calling his boss “sir.”The 37-year-old writer didn’t have a problem calling his boss Peter Travers, the editor at Rolling Stone magazine, “Peter” when he was dispatched in 1998 to write an article about the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Lipsky wound up spending an entire year on the West PointRead More


Worries About Gibson Film Escalate

A forthcoming Mel Gibson movie about Jesus’ last hours of life is the focus of escalating concern among Jewish groups, which are stepping up their statements expressing worries that the project could revive dangerous notions of Jewish responsibility for Jesus’ death.Citing a report on a draft of the film’s script by an embattled group ofRead More


Suit Filed on Immigrants’ Behalf

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM – A class-action lawsuit has been filed with the Israeli high court in an effort to force the government to follow through on a February decision to speed up the immigration process for more than 18,000 languishing Ethiopians hoping to immigrate to Israel.Under the plan, which was approved by Israeli Prime Minister Sharon’sRead More


Newsdesk July 4, 2003

Group Set to Fight Tax CutsPresident Bush’s tax cuts and budget policy appear to be driving a wedge between the Jewish community’s public policy arm and the national federated system it is meant to represent.The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, a policy-coordinating body for 13 nationalRead More


Funding Low for Ethiopian Absorption Program

By Nacha Cattan

Experts working to integrate new immigrants into Israeli society are saying the funding for a new project to help absorb recent arrivals from Ethiopia is grossly inadequate.Ethiopian activists and absorption experts in Israel are thankful nonetheless for the launching of the long-delayed Ethiopian National Project, a partnership between Israel andRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Penn Plotting: Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman stopped in Philadelphia on June 16 to headline a fundraiser for Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz in what some observers are viewing as part of a Republican strategy to put the Keystone State — which went for Al Gore in 2000 — in the GOP column in 2004.Noting that PresidentRead More


Soros Pulls the Plug on Russia’s Open Society Institute

By Vance Serchuk

George Soros has made a life out of staying at least one step ahead of everyone else. The practice kept him alive when he was growing up as a Jew in Hungary during the Holocaust. As an international financier and currency speculator, it made him a billionaire. Even in his philanthropic pursuits, Soros has been a harbinger of sorts, embracingRead More





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