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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

The presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is trying to turn some of the concerns about his candidacy voiced in the Jewish community to his advantage in a fundraising pitch.“When Al Gore made me the first Jewish American to be nominated to a national political ticket, some people questioned whether I was the bestRead More


Playwright Wins Jerusalem Prize

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The show must go on, they say, and so, despite the political situation on the ground, and the Iraqi war that forced a three-month postponement, the 21st Jerusalem International Book Fair will open here on Monday at the International Convention Center.The highlight of the fair will be the awarding of the Jerusalem Prize,Read More


Congregation Wins Zoning Battle

By Ethan Porter

An Orthodox congregation narrowly won a zoning battle in Plantation, Fla., when the city council voted on June 12 to allow Tiferet Raphael, an Orthodox synagogue, to hold services in a shopping plaza.Supporters of Tiferet Raphael faced opposition from a contingent of shopkeepers from Central Park Place Shopping Center. Religious worship is usuallyRead More


Army Chiefs Nervously Eye ‘Trap’ in Palestinian Cease-fire

By Chemi Shalev

ZJERUSALEM — Despite Israel’s reluctant agreement this week to respect an emerging cease-fire among Palestinian factions, at least temporarily, senior security officials here continue to describe the cease-fire as a “trap” that could help the terrorist organizations regroup and hamper Israel’s efforts to fight them.Israel agreed toRead More


Florida Rabbi To Fight Commission Vote

By Julie Kay

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — A chasidic rabbi in this South Florida city says he is heading to federal court to fight a decision ordering his congregation to stop holding services at two adjacent houses in a residential neighborhood.After a contentious seven-hour meeting that lasted until 3:30 a.m., the city commission here voted 5 to 2 to deny the requestRead More


A Maverick in the Ivory Tower

By Neal Sokol

“Think about it,” said author and anthologist Ilan Stavans, “the end of World War II happened not even 60 years ago. How to understand the amount of monographs and studies on Jewish themes published worldwide today, especially in English, if not as a revenge of a perseverant spirit?”Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring professor of LatinRead More


Liberals Vow Court Fight Over Limit On Abortion

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Liberal groups are vowing a constitutional court challenge if President Bush follows through on his promise to sign the first federal law banning an abortion procedure.The measure, a ban on a procedure widely known as “partial birth abortion,” passed the House of Representatives last week by a wide margin, after the SenateRead More


Former Foe of Affirmative Action Backs Policy in Michigan Case

By Daniel Treiman

During the 1970s, the neoconservative sociologist Nathan Glazer was one of affirmative action’s leading critics.Now, with the U.S. Supreme Court expected to hand down a decision this month determining the future of affirmative action in university admissions, Glazer has signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief along with six otherRead More


Black-Jewish Tensions Mar Mayoral Campaign

By E.J. Kessler

A dispute over racially divisive remarks allegedly made by a city employee is threatening to raise black-Jewish tensions around the Philadelphia mayoral race.Last week, the City of Brotherly Love’s Democratic mayor, John Street, reprimanded an African-American city official who allegedly complained last month in a city commerceRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Three Smart Jews: “What if three smart German Jews in the nineteenth century had taken different paths?”So begins “Secrets of Genius,” an 88-page exploration by U.S. News & World Report of “three minds that shaped the twentieth century”: Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Karl Marx.The “Special Collector’s Edition,” put outRead More


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