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Of Noteworthy Items in the Press Trunk Lines: Can the American left find its way back to a healthy pride in America? Probably not until it learns a healthy respect for the Jewish roots of America’s political culture, author Jim Sleeper argues in the winter issue of Dissent magazine.“[T]ry to explain the powerRead More


Libeskind’s WTC Vision Was Born of Socialist Bronx

By Lisa Keys

As a young man living in the Amalgamated Houses in the Bronx, Daniel Libeskind — the architect selected this week to rebuild the World Trade Center site — recalls being immersed in an environment in which progressive politics, Yiddish literary debates and a community spirit thrived.“It shaped me completely,” LibeskindRead More


Atheist Scores Fresh Win in Pledge Case

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND — Michael Arthur Newdow scored another legal win last week in his crusade to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, but the Bush administration is vowing not to give up the fight.An avowed atheist and resident of Sacramento, Calif., Newdow claimed victory again February 28 when a federal appeals court refused to reconsiderRead More


Newsdesk March 7, 2003

Lauder Criticized on ArtA recently reported admission by cosmetics heir Ronald Lauder that he owns artwork with questionable provenance is raising hackles among activists seeking to recover Nazi-stolen art, especially given Lauder’s top post in one such restitution project.Lauder, chairman of the World Jewish Congress’sRead More


WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

By Ori Nir With Reporting by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Israel has yet to submit its special request for American aid — an expected $4 billion in financial aid and $8 billion in loan guarantees — but there already are campaigns to block, curtail or condition the package.This week, the Arab American Institute called on its supporters to call the White House and their representatives in Congress toRead More


Under Fire, Baraka Finds Support in Black Circles

By Daniel Treiman

When New Jersey’s controversial poet laureate, Amiri Baraka, spoke at Yale University February 24, many members of the Jewish campus community were appalled. Why, they wondered, would the university’s Afro-American Cultural Center and black student group host someone who had sparked a national uproar only five months earlier with aRead More


SHKENAZIM EMBRACE SEPHARDIC FARE IN LATEST COOKING CRAZE

By Lisa Keys

Back in the day, Sabbath meals at Rissi Zweig’s home in New Jersey consisted of gefilte fish, mayonnaise-based salads, kugels, chicken, meat, a couple of cakes and some nondairy ice cream. “And that’s just Friday night,” she said.But such artery-clogging decadence is so last decade. Now, “We try to model ourRead More


Agency Raps Chief Rabbinate Over Conversion Policy

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — The Jewish Agency for Israel, the quasi-governmental body that oversees immigration to Israel, is investigating claims that the Israeli Chief Rabbinate is unduly blocking thousands of Russians from converting to Judaism.At their board of governors meeting last week, leaders of the Jewish Agency for Israel voted toRead More


Nation’s Ills Await ‘Deus ex Machina’

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israeli policy-makers are growing increasingly nervous about the Bush administration’s mounting diplomatic difficulties — at NATO, in Turkey and at the United Nations Security Council — and the increasing likelihood of a delay in the launch of an American campaign against Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.Israel’s top political,Read More


French Minister Unveils Plan to Fight Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — When the French education minister warned that antisemitism had become a “true danger” in French schools and last week announced a series of measures to tackle the issue, Jews here rejoiced that someone high up finally was listening to their complaints.The center-right government, after committing to crack down on violent antisemiticRead More





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