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Rabbinical Election Stirs Confusion in Ukraine

KIEV — When Rabbi Azrael Haikin of Brussels was elected earlier this month to be Ukraine’s new chief rabbi, many saw it as a positive sign of Jewish renewal in a former Soviet republic.“This decision, without doubt, represents a milestone in the history of the rebirth of Jewish life in Ukraine,” said a statement by the Jewish communityRead More


Terrorism Experts Meet in Vacation Destination

By Marc Perelman

PUERTO IGUAZU, Argentina – Earlier this month, tourists returning to the luxurious Tropical Das Cataratas Hotel from an excursion to the scenic Iguazu waterfalls separating Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay were greeted by a chilling sight — a throng of men in dark suits crowded around a large black message board with the ominousRead More


Dance Troupe From Israel Wraps Up Goodwill Tour of America (Correction)

An August 22 article, “Dance Troupe From Israel Wraps Up Goodwill Tour of America,” misidentified Toni Luck, managing director of the Spirit of David Dance Theater.Read More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Subcontinental Philosophy: While Indian Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee was being diplomatically correct ahead of Prime Minister Sharon’s watershed visit to New Delhi this week, the country’s paper of record was offering up nothing less than a mea culpa for India’s long-standing pro-Palestinian position.“As far as India isRead More


Consumers Are Spending Money They Do Not Have

By Gus Tyler

When The Great Depression hit the United States in 1929, then-president Herbert Hoover decided to do something about it. He decided to lift the spirits of the American people. As he put it, “Prosperity is right around the corner.”Theoretically, this seemed to make sense. If the people were depressed and worried about where the next buck orRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Republican Rise: Among the interesting data released in the Voter News Service’s long-delayed 2002 election exit-polling report were statistics noting a rise of Republican voting among Jews. The VNS, controlled by a consortium of news organizations, collapsed last year because of technical problems, but enough of its report was salvageableRead More


Pro-Nazi Filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl, 101, Dies

By David Davis

Leni Riefenstahl always insisted that the two most famous films she directed, “Triumph of the Will” and “Olympia,” were nothing more than straight-forward documentaries. Others have argued that they were nothing more than Nazi propaganda. What’s indisputable is that the controversy over Riefenstahl, who died this week at the age ofRead More


Israeli Fighter Jets Over Auschwitz Cause Controversy

By Ami Eden

More than half a century after his grandmother was killed at Auschwitz, Israeli Brigadier General Amir Eshel helped spark an international controversy last week by flying over the adjacent Birkenau death camp in an F-15 fighter jet.Two other Israeli aircraft, also piloted by descendants of Holocaust survivors, took part in the fly-over, timed toRead More


Charles Liebman Shed Light on Jewish Culture

By Steven M. Cohen

Charles Liebman, widely regarded as the pre-eminent social scientist of Jews and Judaism in the latter third of the 20th century, died last week in Petah Tikva at age 69. A political scientist by discipline, his dozen books and scores of scholarly articles deftly interpret the culture of Judaism and the Jewish people in the United States, IsraelRead More


‘Conservatory With a Heart’ Embroiled in Union Dispute

By Jon Kalish

The Lucy Moses School bills itself as “The Conservatory With a Heart,“ but some teachers at the arts school on Manhattan’s Upper West Side say the institution has had little sympathy for their efforts to unionize.Dozens of teachers at the school voted to join Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians in an election certified by theRead More


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