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Ordained Daughter Follows in Her Father’s Footsteps

By Robin Heffler

Gabai’s father, Yosef, the chief Sephardic rabbi of northern Israel, had recently died, and she long had yearned to be a rabbi herself. But rabbinical school simply wasn’t an option for women in her family, which claims a lineage of Orthodox rabbis going back to the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492. So Gabai put her dream onRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Shot Seen ’Round the World: The most enduring image of the 32-month-long intifada is undoubtedly that of Mohammed Al-Dura, the 12-year-old boy who died in his father’s arms during an exchange of fire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in Gaza.The footage of the firefight, shot by a French television cameraman, has become a touchstone inRead More


Rabbi Denies Knowledge of Memorial

By Nacha Cattan

The former chief Ashkenazic rabbi of Israel who was said to have authorized a controversial plan to build a memorial at a Nazi extermination camp in Poland is now saying he knows nothing about the plan.The American Jewish Committee and other organizers of the plan have been pointing for months to a letter written on the letterhead of RabbiRead More


Britain Set To Deliberate Ban On Kosher Slaughter

By Sam Greene

LONDON — A debate over kosher slaughter in Britain is pitting animal-rights activists against Jewish community leaders, and placing the country’s Jewish and Muslim communities on the same side of the fence.Next month, the British government is expected to consider a report from an animal-rights advisory group that will ask for a ban onRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

We can’t tell you what Massachusetts Senator John Kerry said when he addressed Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century, a group of young Democrats better known as DL21C; the presidential hopeful’s campaign kept the May 20 speech in New York off the record.We can, however, tell you about how the speech was received.Speaking at Eugene, a chicRead More


Long List of Experts Advising Presidential Hopefuls

By E.J. Kessler

A decade ago, when the Democrats set out to reform healthcare, they turned to one person above all others: Ira Magaziner.The New England management consultant, charged in the early 1990s with helping then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton reform the nation’s healthcare system, had a reputation as a genius — at least until his proposalsRead More


Dems Propose Variety of Plans To Reform Healthcare

By E.J. Kessler

The last Democrat in the White House, President Clinton, hoped to make healthcare reform a centerpiece of his first administration.But the plan his office produced proved so mind-numbingly long, complex and abstruse that it became a symbol for everything that was wrong with “big government.” In 1994, his proposal was resoundinglyRead More


Media Moguls Crowd Out Liberal Voices

By Gus Tyler

In the world of media, as in the corporate sector as a whole, the trend is toward the concentration of ownership with ever fewer firms owning and controlling ever greater sectors of the economy. But, in the area of the media, the oligarchy (rule by the few) is, in a sense, a monopoly because a handful of networks that dominate the airwaves promoteRead More


Plan for Ethiopian Immigrants Collapses

By Nacha Cattan

Ethiopian activists and their allies are waging a multi-front protest against the Israeli government, the Jewish Agency for Israel and several American Jewish philanthropies.Thousands of demonstrators in Jerusalem this week pitched tents outside the prime minister’s office to protest the apparent collapse of a 4-month-old government planRead More


Mideast Peace Plan Gets Surprising Push

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As Israel debated in recent weeks whether to endorse the American-led “road map” peace initiative, Jerusalem and its allies in the United States received a surprising push — from Elliott Abrams, the National Security Council’s senior director for Near East and North African affairs.Before joining the security council sixRead More


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