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Her Funny Valentine Charms Her With Water, Duct Tape and Cipro

By Alana Newhouse

Unlike many Americans, I have had jugs of Poland Spring water and a month’s supply of beans and rice stored in my tiny Upper West Side kitchen for weeks. My husband, Daniel, beat a path to the local hardware store way before any of them sold out of duct tape and plastic sheeting. For Valentine’s Day he ordered me a one-week supply ofRead More


Rabbi To Head UJC Pillar

By Nacha Cattan

A Reform rabbi who ceded the movement’s top seminary post two years ago over a sex scandal has been appointed to head the Jewish identity-building division of United Jewish Communities, the roof body of North American Jewish welfare federations.Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, the highest-ranking Reform rabbi ever to be suspendedRead More


WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

By Ori Nir

Israel, U.S. Ink Fighter PactAfter months of negotiations, Israel last week signed an agreement with the United States outlining the terms of its participation in the development of the Joint Strike Fighter, the next-generation fighter jet.The agreement is in the form of a letter of intent, in which Israel commits itself to paying tens of millionsRead More


Defense Adviser Urges ‘Posse Approach’ Toward Evildoers

By Marc Perelman

Richard Perle is a hot ticket these days.As chairman of the Defense Policy Board, a key advisory panel to the Defense Department, the former Reagan administration official has privileged access to the Pentagon — where he has many friends in senior positions.But as he likes to remind his audiences, Perle speaksRead More


J’lem Gets 1st Charedi Mayor

By Shahar Ilan

JERUSALEM — The accession to mayor of the United Torah Judaism Party’s Uri Lupoliansky, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, is underscoring the gains that charedim have made in the city during the last decade.For many Israelis, Lupoliansky, who belongs to an extreme ultra-Orthodox sect and represents a non-Zionist party, serves as a symbol of those gainsRead More


GROUND ZERO AS A LAB FOR NEW ART

By Gavriel D. Rosenfeld

The recent selection of Daniel Libeskind as one of two finalists in the competition to redesign the site of the former World Trade Center in lower Manhattan is, at the most obvious level, a personal triumph that testifies to his status as one of the world’s most respected architects. But it also highlights the unprecedented rise to prominence inRead More


Amid Intifada’s Violence, a Flurry of Diplomatic Moves

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — The 29-month-old intifada continued to reap a harvest of blood this week, with fighting ranging inside the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank. But the violence came as a surprising complement to a flurry of Israeli and Palestinian diplomatic moves.An Israeli delegation flew to London Monday to attend two separateRead More


Argentina Faces a Suit Over Probe Of Bombing

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Despairing of the criminal trial which has dragged out for more than eight years, family members of some of the 85 victims killed in the 1994 bombing of the Jewish communal center in Buenos Aires have filed a civil suit against the Republic of Argentina. The suit charges that by failing to investigate the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy inRead More


Isser Harel, Father of Spy Network

TEL AVIV — Isser Harel, who founded Israel’s intelligence community and directed the capture of Nazi official Adolf Eichmann, died this week at 91 after a lengthy illness.Harel ran the Shin Bet security service for 15 years and the Mossad foreign intelligence service for 11 years, and was largely responsible forRead More


Charities Set To Fight President On Budget

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Ending a months-long reluctance by major Jewish institutions to challenge the Bush administration on domestic issues, representatives of the nation’s largest Jewish charitable network are gearing up for a fight with the administration over plans to revamp Medicare and Medicaid.Lobbying efforts are planned at both the federal andRead More


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