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WHO LET THE DOGS IN? SHOWING OUR STRIPES Straight to the Sources: What Our Tradition Says About Affiliation

By Yossi Beilin

The Jewish Political Tradition, Volume II: Membership Edited by Michael Walzer, Menachem Lorberbaum and Noam J. Zohar Yale University Press, 662 pages, $40. * * *Interest in the question of membership in the Jewish collective has been steadily on the increase since the end of the 18th century, both in the Diaspora and in Israel. Against theRead More


Israel Welcomes Overtures Made By Pakistani Leader

By Marc Perelman

In response to recent overtures by Pakistani ruler Pervez Musharraf, Israel said this week that it is willing to establish relations with Pakistan, one of the world’s largest Muslim countries.“Israel is very encouraged with this new announcement of the president of Pakistan,” Foreign Minister Silvan ShalomRead More


‘Faith’ Plan Puts Groups in Bind: Rights v. Funds

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The latest twist in the White House drive for faith-based social services is putting Jewish organizations in an awkward dilemma, forcing them — so observers say — to choose between their traditional civil rights commitments and their growing dependence on taxpayer dollars to fund social-service programs.The debate has comeRead More


Right To Fight Bush Palestinian Aid Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Right-wing groups are gearing up to fight a Bush administration plan to increase American aid to the Palestinians and channel it directly to the Palestinian Authority.The Zionist Organization of America and several Christian evangelical groups are planning to “try to convince Congress not to finance the evolutionRead More


‘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


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

So what did they eat at what was reportedly the first all-kosher White House dinner? Caterer David Dahan told the Forward that the food at the June 11 event — held in honor of the opening of the exhibit “Anne Frank the Writer: An Unfinished Story” at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum — was “simple… elegant and totallyRead More


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