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American-Israeli Relations Strained Following Attack

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The sudden surge of Israeli-Palestinian violence this week, and President Bush’s decision to criticize Israel for its role, appear to be driving Israel’s allies in Congress and the Jewish community toward a confrontation with the White House that most had sought to avoid until now.Bush angered pro-Israel groups on Tuesday byRead More


Ad Targets Lactose Intolerant Jews

By Ross Schneiderman

Lactose intolerant Jews, don’t be ashamed; you’re not alone. According to a new ad for Lactaid milk, 60% of Jewish Americans suffer from the painful cramps, excessive flatulence and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with the disorder.The ad, which first appeared in the June issues of Hadassah and Reform Judaism magazines,Read More


Jerusalem School Files Lawsuit Against Y.U.

An Israeli religious school has slapped Yeshiva University with a lawsuit in a contract dispute sparked by charges that a rabbi at the Israeli school sexually molested students.The Derech Etz Chaim yeshiva of Jerusalem filed a breach of contract lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Jerusalem schoolRead More


From Start-Ups to Letdowns

By Lisa Keys

Khaleil Isaza Tuzman races into his corner office, mid-conversation on his BlackBerry cell phone. An hour and a half late for a Forward interview, he mouths the words “I’m sorry” to a reporter as he takes off his jacket and glances at his computer screen.At first blush it could be 1999, when Tuzman was flying high as the 28-year-old CEO ofRead More


Evangelicals Adopt Settlers

By Max Gross

A prominent Evangelical Christian organization is urging its members to pour money into West Bank settlements in its newest fundraising drive, “Adopt-a-Settler.”The Jerusalem Prayer Team, a Christian Zionist organization that opposes Israel giving up land in exchange for peace, conceived of the idea in mid-May after a meetingRead 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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