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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


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


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