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Dishing the Dirt on Fashion Industry: Fact or Fiction?

By Lisa Keys

This week, the critical, expertly lined eyes of the fashion elite will be trained on Lauren Weisberger.It’s not because Weisberger is tall, blond and happens to look great in a pair of slim-fitting Seven jeans. She has found fame not with her model-good looks, but by taking a page from Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of theRead More


IN OTHER WORDS

No Kidding: Hebrew University professor Omer Moav has devised an economic formula to combat global poverty: Fewer kids equals more wealth.“Why is rapid population growth bad for a country’s standard of living?”, the Jerusalem-based sociologist and economist writes in a March 2003 article on Project-Syndicate.org. “The math is simple:Read More


Ethiopian Leader Alleges Discrimination

By Nacha Cattan

A leader of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel is petitioning the Israeli Supreme Court, claiming the government discriminated against her by denying her a job because of her political party affiliation.Negist Mengesha claims she was denied a job leading an internationally funded Ethiopian welfare program after she became politicallyRead More


Newsdesk April 11, 2003

Israel: No U.S. PressureThe Israeli embassy in Washington denied this week that the Bush administration officially requested that Jerusalem suspend the sale of an advanced airborne radar warning system to India. “There was no official request,” said Yossi Draznin, who handles American-Israeli defense cooperation at the embassy. DrazninRead More


Arafat Places Stumbling Blocks in Abu Mazen’s Path

JERUSALEM — Israeli and American officials were watching nervously this week as the prime minister-designate of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, tried to maneuver his way through a series of obstacles laid in his path by his boss, P.A. chairman Yasser Arafat.Several sources close to the Palestinian leadership told the Forward thisRead More


Hollywood’s Saddam Impersonator Takes Time Off

LOS ANGELES — The most popular Saddam Hussein impersonator in Hollywood is putting his act on hold. A Sephardic Jew and pro-Israel activist, Jerry Haleva told the Los Angeles Times this week that the country was not in the mood for such antics.“We have a lot of brave people in harm’s way over there, many of whom have already made theRead More


South African Judge Condemns Attack Against Iraq as Unlawful, Unjustifiable

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — At a time when most Jewish leaders in South Africa are keeping a low profile on the war in Iraq, a leading Jewish jurist has called the American-led coalition attack “unlawful under international law.”In interviews published Sunday in two major newspapers, the Sunday Times and the Sunday Independent, Judge RichardRead More


Foxhole Mitzvah: Ranking Rabbi Heads to Front

By Lisa Keys

With a gentle voice, a doughy, pleasant face and a knit yarmulke atop thinning brown hair, Mitchell Ackerson is a sort of Every Man’s Rabbi.Except for the camouflage uniform, that is.The senior chaplain for the 220th Military Police Brigade and, incidentally, the senior rabbi of the army’s entire combat theater, Ackerson sat March 28Read More


Netanyahu’s Austerity Plan Comes Under Fire From Labor Groups

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintains that Israel is teetering on the edge of an economic abyss and desperately needs an emergency rescue plan.His critics counter that his proposed cure, a stiff austerity package mixed with hefty doses of tax-cutting and privatization, is worse than the illness and will ultimatelyRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Of Noteworthy Items in the Press Noam Echad: As a child, he summered at Camp Massad in the Poconos, where he organized Zionist youth groups and wooed his future wife with his fluency in Hebrew. He developed an analysis of modern Hebrew grammar for his undergraduate and master’s thesis. And he and his wife seriously contemplated immigrating toRead More


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