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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


THE FEATHERMAN FILE

By Max Gross

Ahead of the Field: “People look at me as if I was from another planet,” laments Ahmad Rezkallah in the February 18 issue of Arab News, an English-language Saudi daily. It’s hard to know why, since Rezkallah is described as “a pleasant man with a broad smile” who earns a decent living hacking off people’s heads.Rezkallah, SaudiRead More


Christian Right Meets To Consider Islam

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Islam was the main focus when conservative Christian activists gathered here last weekend for a symposium on the Muslim faith. But it wasn’t the only target. One speaker at the Christian Coalition-sponsored event took aim at American foreign policy, declaring that September 11 was a divine punishment against the UnitedRead More


El Al Moves To Avoid Tiff With Big Labor

By E.J. Kessler

El Al Israel Airlines is reportedly moving to extricate itself from a contract with a New York hotel involved in a labor dispute, after several American unions warned that the airline’s patronage of the hotel “might jeopardize some of the U.S. trade union movement’s historic support for Israel” and “impact theRead 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


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