By Andrew Silow-Carroll

Of Noteworthy Items in the Press First Things First: In this corner: “Paul Wolfowitz, the deputy secretary of defense; Richard Perle, the chairman of the Pentagon’s Policy Board; William Kristol, the editor of The Weekly Standard, and other neoconservatives [who] see removing Saddam Hussein as an overriding priority, and Hussein himselfRead More

Scholars Ask, What Would the Rav Do?

By Alana Newhouse

To mark the 100th birthday and 10th yarzheit of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, various institutions are mounting a number of events in the coming year to celebrate the memory and achievements of the 20th-century Jewish thinker and leader of Modern Orthodoxy. Indeed, the commemorations have already started. Two recent conferences regaledRead More

Reform Union Cuts Outreach Staff

Citing a $2 million budget deficit, the Reform movement’s synagogue body is eliminating the positions of its 13 regional outreach coordinators, the staffers charged with making Reform congregations welcoming to interfaith families.The Union of American Hebrew Congregations must eliminate more than 30 positions to make up the shortfall, whichRead More

Orthodox Union Promises New Openness

By Alana Newhouse

The most prominent Orthodox organization in the United States is seeking to redefine its agenda after a tumultuous period that included a sexual abuse scandal and a perceived rightward shift of a large part of its constituency.At its biannual convention last weekend in New York, leaders of the Orthodox Union said they took pains to solicit theRead More

Jordan Team Resumes Probe of Mount’s ‘Bulge’

A Jordanian delegation resumed repair work on the Temple Mount’s southern wall in Jerusalem’s Old City Monday. The delegation, headed by Raef Najim, vice president of the state-run Jordanian Construction Company and a former Jordanian minister responsible for the Jordanian waqf, or Islamic religious trust, has been authorized to workRead More

Shas Minister to Secular Jews: Stay Away

Responding to comments made by Health Minister Nissim Dahan, in which the minister from the ultra-Orthodox Shas party said that non-observant Jews should not immigrate to Israel, Prime Minister Sharon said Sunday that the process to convert to Judaism should be shortened.“It should be made possible for anyone who wants to become a Jew toRead More

U.S., Israel: Increasing Turmoil Dims Chances for Moderate P.A.

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Deteriorating economic and social conditions in the West Bank and Gaza soon may render the territories ungovernable, according to a growing number of reports from Israeli and American government agencies and international humanitarian organizations.With the Bush administration’s Israeli-Palestinian peace-making efforts on holdRead More

Non-Orthodox Blast Jewish Agency Over Funding Cuts

By Nacha Cattan

Top leaders of Conservative and Reform Judaism are livid at the Jewish Agency for Israel for cutting what they say is a sizable and disproportionate chunk of their funding in Israel, and doing so without prior consultation.Movement officials expressed their anger at the 18% reduction in allocations to their streams in Israel in an “urgent”Read More

Try as He Might, Sharon Can’t Dodge The Long Shadow of Corruption Probe

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Although all the major public opinion polls continue to predict an overwhelming Likud victory in the elections January 28, the party’s leadership, as well as its rank and file, are more preoccupied with the daily dose of sordid revelations emanating from the police investigation of the corruption scandal.Instead of feverishRead More

Feds Call Chile Resort a Terror Hot Spot

By Marc Perelman

IQUIQUE, Chile — The Bush administration has designated this windswept resort town and free-trade zone on Chile’s northern Pacific coast as a terrorist hot spot, second in South America only to the notorious tri-border region where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet.Indeed, American and regional officials say, Iquique — pronouncedRead More

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