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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


Seeds of Jewish Revival Sprout on City College Campus

By Daniel Treiman

City College of New York, the near-mythic temple of working-class Jewish advancement, is on the rebound.Known to generations as a bridge between a working-class, immigrant past and a middle-class, professional future, the college has been for the most part forsaken in recent years by the children and grandchildren of its upwardly mobile JewishRead More


Pentagon Team on Iran Comes Under Fire

By Marc Perelman

A small Pentagon planning office under fire for its alleged manipulation of intelligence on Iraq is also dealing with other countries in the Persian Gulf, including Iran, raising concerns among critics about the shaping of Bush administration policy in this sensitive region.Defense Department spokesmen acknowledge that a small, four-member team isRead More


Everything Is Not Illuminated

By Joshua Cohen

PRAGUE — Literature is the accounts of the outside writing in. This is a “golden rule,” for the post-World War I “lost generation” and, it’s possible to argue, for the whole of Jewish literature. Central and Eastern Europe has played host to some of literature’s greatest outsiders, including Franz Kafka, who, writing in German,Read More


Israel Strikes Balancing Act With Europe

PARIS — When American Jews hear the word “France” lately, they think of antisemitism, anti-Zionism and even anti-Americanism. They undoubtedly believe Israeli politicians see eye to eye with them on this when they hear Israeli officials rail against French President Jacques Chirac.But the view from Jerusalem is decidedly different — atRead More


Repackaging the Old World as a Tourist Attraction

By Lisa Keys

Imagine if you could cross a bridge and enter the world of our fathers. Literally.Imagine visiting a real-life shtetl, complete with a market, private homes, and a castle, as well as a cafe and a pharmacy. Imagine a place where children could play the games of their great-great-great-grandfathers and where adults might prayRead More


Evolution of the Greenhorns

From here it is not very far to “greenhorn” meaning a new immigrant from a foreign country, although the word had to take one more intermediate step before this happened –- namely, to be applied to rural bumpkins moving to the city. A mid-18th-century Englishman arriving in London from the country wrote, for example, that “A slouch in myRead More


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