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Orthodox Rabbis Strut Their Stuff at Fashion Show Benefit

By Max Gross

GREAT NECK, N.Y. — In many ways it resembled the typical fashion show: The lights were blinding, the music was loud, the cameras were flashing. And Steve Moskowitz, the model sashaying down the runway in a charcoal-colored wool crewneck and crepe flat-front pants, looked the part, too.Yes, the rabbi was a hottie.A few hours after the SabbathRead More


Creator of Humanistic Judaism Set To Leave Pulpit

By Lisa Keys

When Rabbi Sherwin Wine steps down from his pulpit next week, he’ll thank his colleagues, his family and his friends. But he won’t be thanking God.Wine caused eyes to roll 40 years ago when he created Humanistic Judaism, a movement that celebrates Judaism as a culture rather than a religion, and places its faith in people rather than a supremeRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Clash of Jewish Civilizations: “It is undeniable that the State of Israel is in economic crisis and that the country’s bloated budget must be slashed,” Moshe Schapiro writes in the May issue of The Jewish Observer, a publication of Agudath Israel of America. “The charedi community accepts that reality. But when one sees where theRead More


Newsdesk June 20, 2003

Statement Sparks FightRomania’s recent declaration that there was no Holocaust on its territory during World War II has strained relations with Israel. Romania’s ambassador to Israel, Valeria Mariana Stoica, was summoned to the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem this week to stress that Israel takes a “grave view” of the Romanian government’sRead More


Policies Split Clergy, Secular Leaders

By Ami Eden

Tax cuts are not a Jewish issue.So says Stephen Hoffman, the president and CEO of United Jewish Communities, the central coordinating body of Jewish welfare federations across North America.“How Congress decides to assemble the revenue of the United States is not a Jewish issue,” Hoffman recently told the Forward. “The Jewish issue is whatRead More


Putin Pledging More Scrutiny On Iran Nukes

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting From Lena Rozovskaya in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting with a group of senior American Jewish communal leaders in a hastily arranged Kremlin session Tuesday evening, promised to tighten Russian monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program, but he rejected a request to cut off ties with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.The two and a half hour meeting, which wasRead More


Lacking Alternative Plan, ‘Road Map’ Opponents Await Palestinian Change of Heart

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — As the euphoria of President Bush’s peace initiative fades, opponents of Bush’s “road map” are hardly voicing second thoughts about their refusal to go along with the plan. But with a handful of exceptions — Tourism Minister Benny Elon’s Jordan-is-Palestine doctrine, Housing Minister Effi Eitam’sRead More


Upstart Rabbinical School Set To Fight for Pulpit Jobs

By Nacha Cattan

An upstart rabbinical school housed in the basement of a Manhattan synagogue is poised to fill more Orthodox pulpits a year than the Modern Orthodox flagship Yeshiva University.This is the projection put forth by the fledgling Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the brainchild of the charismatic Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Bronx.The college has justRead More


Muslim Charities Sue CBS, Investigator

By Marc Perelman

Two American Muslim charities and a Georgia-based poultry company are suing CBS and a terrorism investigator for designating them, in a book and on the prime-time CBS program “60 Minutes,” as sponsors of Al Qaeda.The Heritage Education Trust and the Safa Foundation, two Virginia-based charities under investigation for possible terrorism links,Read More


Rash of ‘Economic Suicides’ Heats Debate on Rising Inequality in Israel

By Elli Wohlgelernter, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

JERUSALEM — Menashe Habakuk was once described as Israel’s golden boy. National judo champion during the late 1980s, he won the gold medal at the 1990 Maccabiah games, married an adoring fan and went to work as a trainer in a studio near Tel Aviv.Six years later he was working part time as an air conditioning repairman inRead More


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