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‘Who’s a Jew’ Battle Flares In Jerusalem

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The stage was set this week for a showdown between the Sharon government, the Chief Rabbinate and the Reform and Conservative movements as the long-simmering debate over “who is a Jew” threatened to boil over once again, five years after it was thought to have been laid to rest.Interior Minister Avraham Poraz,Read More


Bush Promotes Whitewater Deputies

By Ami Eden

Despite President Bush’s campaign pledge to heal the country’s divisions over Clinton-era controversies, the administration has been doling out top legal posts to former deputies of Kenneth Starr and other conservative lawyers who helped fuel the Clinton impeachment effort.The president is reportedly set to offer a seat on the nation’sRead More


As Israel Pulls Out Its Troops, Optimists Hold Their Breath

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Hardened by the recent experience of broken promises and broken dreams, Israelis are watching the emerging cease-fire announced this week with a mixture of skepticism and hope, praying that it turns out to be more than just a temporary lull, as most suspect, in the three-year-old Palestinian intifada.Israeli decision makers areRead More


Joe Pulls in Cash, But Howard Dean Hits the Jackpot

By E.J. Kessler

Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is hanging on to his presidential candidacy by the threads of his tzitzit after posting a second-quarter contributions filing that appears to have put him further back in the pack of Democratic contenders.Lieberman brought in “about $5 million and still counting” in the quarter that closedRead More


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


Bush Plans To Introduce Christian Rehab Program In Federal Prison System

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by the reported success of a Christian rehabilitation program in state prisons, the Bush administration is seeking ways to expand such programs to inmates in federal prisons.The head of the White House office for faith-based initiatives, Jim Towey, told reporters last week that President Bush had askedRead More


Protesters in Israel Demand Freedom for Pollard

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Protesters demanding freedom for convicted spy Jonathan Pollard staged a mass rally outside the hotel where leaders of American Jewish organizations were gathered this week for the quarterly meeting of the Jewish Agency for Israel.A crowd, estimated by organizers at more than 3,000, assembled at the David’s Citadel Hotel to protestRead More





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