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A Trans-Atlantic Dialogue Seeks Europe’s True Heart

By Jo-Ann Mort

Brussels, the bilingual capital of Belgium, is Old Europe at its architectural best. The center of the old city is the Grand’Place — Grote Markt in Dutch — an exquisite square lined with gold-laced 17th-century buildings, constructed by the guilds that once ran Brussels’ civic life.One of the most elaborate of these buildings is LeRead More


Unflippable Lawyer Bites Mickey D’s With Burger Suit

By Lisa Keys

At times it seemed as if the entire McWorld was against Samuel Hirsch.The Manhattan lawyer catapulted to infamy last summer as he spearheaded a class-action lawsuit against McDonald’s on behalf of obese teenagers. As the latest player in the assign-the-blame-game, Hirsch became the brunt of late-night talk show jokes and a poster boy for thoseRead More


As the Left Says No to War, a Journal’s Editor Dissents

By Daniel Treiman

Mitchell Cohen is not the first commentator to make the case that the United States should use force to remove Saddam Hussein’s “fascist-like” regime from power — sooner rather than later — warning that “his menace, especially nuclear, will only swell” with time.What makes Cohen’s arguments noteworthy, if not original, is that theyRead More


States Put Up Fight, Dollars To Defeat Divestment Push

By E.J. Kessler

New York is the latest state to adopt measures to counter the movement to force governments and universities to withdraw their investments in Israel.The state’s second highest-ranking official, Comptroller Alan Hevesi, told the Forward that he intends to increase the investments of the state’s $105 billion pension in Israel, and has spokenRead More


Divorce, Israeli Style: Populace Loses Its Illusion About Politics

By Nahum Barnea

Among the stars of this year’s Israeli election campaign was a pair of senior citizens. Back in 1999, after being happily married for nearly 60 years, the husband asked his wife for the first time in their life together whom she voted for that year. She foolishly decided to answer: the Labor candidate, Ehud Barak. TheRead More


Young Jewish Republicans Toss Off Their Family Ties

By Max Gross

Matt Brooks, the 36-year-old head of the Republican Jewish Coalition, has what in his circle amounts to a dirty little secret: His parents were once Democrats.“I’ve always been Republican,” Brooks told the Forward. This from a boy whose mother volunteered for John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign and whose grandparents were active inRead More


Terrorism Stokes New Set of Fears Among Jews: Poll

By Steven M. Cohen

Alarmed by the growing specter of terrorism abroad and at home, American Jews report feeling high levels of anxiety and fear of further attacks — on their nation, their community and themselves. The September 11 attacks, ongoing violence in Israel and reports of antisemitic threats worldwide have combined to create a widespread feelingRead More


At Home and Abroad, Bush Has Some Explaining To Do

By Gus Tyler

President Bush is involved in a two-front war. One is being fought on the international front and the other upon the domestic front. The former is the war against Iraq; the latter is the war against a threatening “depression” devil. And he is losing both.Who says so? It’s not The New York Times and not TheRead More


Critics Charge Rabbinic Court Covered Up Lanner Abuse

By Nacha Cattan

Nineteen critics of convicted sex offender and former Orthodox Union youth leader Rabbi Baruch Lanner have signed a letter excoriating a respected rabbi, saying that he withheld for more than a decade a 1989 rabbinical court ruling that found Lanner guilty of abuse.The January 24 letter accuses Rabbi Mordechai Willig, a highly regarded spiritualRead More


Secular Shinui Parties, While Leftists Taste Sour Grapes

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — The left wing was never very big here in the Holy City, but these days it is very small. Most days, you can find much of it ensconced at Gaffen, a wine emporium-cum-coffee shop on Emek Refaim Street, the main drag in the trendy German Colony.On Tuesday, Election Day, wine was being served as of 10:00 a.m. and an exact reproduction ofRead More





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