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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


Attack on Hamas Head Spurs Terror, Threatens Abu Mazen

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The failed assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi is likely to weaken the already precarious position of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and to herald a new wave of terrorist attacks against Israelis.This was the assessment of most Israeli analysts even before the Hamas-backed suicide bombing in Jerusalem WednesdayRead 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


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

WASHINGTON — North Carolina Senator John Edwards launched into an attack on big pharmaceutical companies last Thursday at the “Take Back America” conference in Washington, D.C.Getting on his populist mojo, Edwards told the left-leaning crowd that packed a ballroom at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, “The Democratic Party has to stand up to the bigRead More


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