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Repackaging the Old World as a Tourist Attraction

By Lisa Keys

Imagine if you could cross a bridge and enter the world of our fathers. Literally.Imagine visiting a real-life shtetl, complete with a market, private homes, and a castle, as well as a cafe and a pharmacy. Imagine a place where children could play the games of their great-great-great-grandfathers and where adults might prayRead More


Evolution of the Greenhorns

From here it is not very far to “greenhorn” meaning a new immigrant from a foreign country, although the word had to take one more intermediate step before this happened –- namely, to be applied to rural bumpkins moving to the city. A mid-18th-century Englishman arriving in London from the country wrote, for example, that “A slouch in myRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Hard Pressed: The return of CNN’s longtime Johnny-on-the-spot correspondent Christiane Amanpour to the Middle East this week left no doubt that the world’s attention has yet again focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. After a several month hiatus in Iraq, international news organizations are chomping at the journalistic bit,Read More


Newsdesk June 6, 2003

Jerusalem Elects MayorJerusalem will get its first ultra-Orthodox elected mayor. Uri Lupolianski defeated Nir Barkat by 51% to 43% in Tuesday’s election, according to incomplete results. Lupolianski has been serving as Jerusalem’s acting mayor. In Haifa, Yona Yahav of the Shinui-Greens list will become mayor after defeating Likud-OneRead More


Conservatives Clash Over Gay Outreach

By Daniel Treiman

A prominent Jewish conservative is accusing leading social conservatives of “intolerance” after they criticized the chairman of the Republican National Committee for meeting with a gay advocacy group.David Horowitz, a former radical leftist turned right-wing provocateur, wrote an article blasting the conservative activists, citing byRead More


Duke, in Prison, Appeals for Cash

By Max Gross

David Duke has initiated yet another fundraising drive — from prison.The former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi sympathizer, who is serving a 15-month sentence in the Big Spring federal prison in Texas, is asking for contributions to promote his latest book, an attack on Jews and Israel titled “Jewish Supremacism.”“Every day,Read More


Survivors’ Groups Decry Plan for Fund Disbursement

By Nacha Cattan

Plans for the disbursement of a Holocaust-related humanitarian fund established by German insurance companies are drawing fire from American groups of Holocaust survivors, as well as Israeli officials.At issue is a proposal, endorsed by the fund’s administrator, to use as much as one-fifth of the $165 million fund for Holocaust education andRead More


Bombing Suspect Tied to Antisemitic Sect

Eric Rudolph, the American white supremacist arrested last weekend for four bombings, including an attack at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, was apparently motivated by an antisemitic ideology known as Christian Identity.Rudolph, 36, also wrote a paper espousing Holocaust denial while in high school.Although it is unknown whether Rudolph considersRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

A prominent Florida Democrat is challenging remarks made by Republican Rep. Mark Foley, who has been blaming Democrats for spreading rumors that he is gay.“It’s my understanding that a lot of the rumors about Rep. Foley were not generated by Democrats, but by the extreme right faction of the Republican Party in Florida,” said the chairman ofRead More


Cafe Talk: Aharon Appelfeld on Finding Peace Amid the Violence

By F.M. Black

JERUSALEM — Undeterred by the almost nonstop suicide bombings in Israel, Aharon Appelfeld, the acclaimed novelist, refuses to abandon a long-held, central part of his daily life as a writer: the cafe. “Why should I be afraid? All these years I’ve sat in cafes and worked — that’s my love,” Appelfeld told the Forward in late May.Read More





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