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Americans Killed in Attacks Traveled Uncommon Paths

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Three American citizens residing in Israel lost their lives in two separate terrorist attacks during the last week.Abigail Litle, 14, a Haifa eighth grader, was killed when the No. 37 bus she was riding after school blew up last Wednesday. A 20-year-old Hamas militant named Mahmoud Hamdan Kawasme of Hebron had detonated a bomb he strapped to hisRead More


Palestinian Economy Faces Devastation Under Intifada

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A new World Bank report on the imploding Palestinian economy is fueling calls for an immediate resumption of peace talks.In the report, which assesses the economic repercussions of the Palestinian intifada and Israeli counter-measures, the World Bank explicitly argues for the first time that economic development in the West Bank andRead More


Foe of Gay Ban Won’t Head Conservative Panel

By Alana Newhouse

On the eve of what was expected to be his first session as chairman of Conservative Judaism’s supreme lawmaking body, it was announced that Rabbi Elliott Dorff, an outspoken supporter of overturning the movement’s ban on ordaining homosexuals, will not assume the position.The move came on the heels of a request by the head of theRead More


Backing Israel on Terror, Bush Preps Postwar Push For a Settlement Freeze

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration has accepted Israel’s position that the Palestinian Authority must take action against terrorism and implement substantial reforms before Israel is required to begin implementing the internationally sponsored “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace, including a freeze on settlement activity.At theRead More


Experts Say Saddam Interview Showed Iraqi’s New Eloquence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Given Saddam Hussein’s penchant for rambling in interviews and tendency to appear dazzled by the luster of his own flowery Arabic, longtime observers of the Iraqi dictator have come to not expect much in the way of eloquence from him.That is why they were so surprised and impressed with Saddam’s sit-down last week with CBSRead More


In Crowded Field, Candidates Are Scrambling for Big Donors

By E.J. Kessler

As the race for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination gains momentum, the nine declared candidates in the field are in an unusually tough scramble for the backing of wealthy donors who fuel the nation’s campaign apparatus.But this year’s Democratic campaign is not like other years’ campaigns. Given the size of the field, candidates areRead More


Top Charities Spar Over Turf

By Nacha Cattan

Two of the most powerful Jewish charities in North America are trading accusations of undercutting each other’s efforts.The United Jewish Communities, the roof body of North American Jewish federations, complained in a February 28 letter that one of its primary overseas partners, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, is underminingRead More


Rabbi’s Heirs Sue For Music Rights

By Nacha Cattan

The late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach was masterful with a guitar and had a sweet way with words. But the late “singing rabbi” hit a flat note when it came to paperwork: The chasidic maestro rarely penned contracts, licenses or copyrights — and never composed a will.As a result, a multimillion-dollar global music industry flourishes inRead More


Ranting Poet’s Visit Makes For a Disturbing Week at Yale

By James Kirchick

As Yale Daily News columnist Eli Muller put it last Friday, “It has been an unpleasant week to be Jewish at Yale.”The trouble started when the university’s Afro-American Cultural Center decided to host controversial poet Amiri Baraka for a reading and discussion of his poem, “Somebody Blew Up America.” In that now infamous work, the poetRead More


In a Jerusalem Praying for Unity, Sectarianism Widens the Divide

By David Ellenson

The acting mayor of Jerusalem, Uri Lupolianski, was “busy” last Friday. That morning a delegation from the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion — headed by Chairman Burton Lehman, and including former chairmen Richard Scheuer and Stanley Gold — was scheduled to meet with Mayor Lupolianski at his office inRead More


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