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Argentine Military Battles Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

In another sign of change in South America, the Argentine military signed an agreement earlier this month incorporating the Anti-Defamation League’s educational materials on racism and antisemitism into the curriculum of the country’s military schools.The agreement between the army and the Rioplatense foundation, an Argentine humanRead More


Fugitive Saddam May Have Changed His Look

By Max Gross

One never had to walk more than a block or two in Baghdad to see the ubiquitous image of Saddam Hussein. In large, colorful murals on campuses and in hotel lobbies and mosques, Saddam pasted his image all over Iraq. The dictator with the bandit mustache could be seen in a scholar’s cap and gown, in traditional robes or prostrate in prayer.But,Read More


Who Is the Man on the White Horse?

By Gus Tyler

Will the opening years of the 21st century be recorded in history as the time when the famous Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse made their awesome appearance on earth?The Four Horsemen appeared in a revelation to John that is recorded in the closing book of the New Testament. There are also repeated references to the Four Horsemen in worldRead More


Million-Dollar Psychic Challenge Awaits Brooklyn Girl

By Max Gross

It will be the rematch of the year.In one corner is Natalia Lulova, an 11-year-old Jewish immigrant from St. Petersburg, Russia — now living in Brooklyn — who says that she can see through blindfolds.In the other corner is James Randi, a 74-year-old former magician and avowed skeptic — known in his magician days as “the AmazingRead More


Aid for Youths Comes in a Variety of Sizes and Shapes

By Masha Leon

At the March 11 “Bunny Hop” fundraiser for the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center’s pediatrics department, I asked Billy Bush, new host of NBC’s “Let’s Make a Deal” and event co-chair, exactly how he was related to President Bush, his cousin. Smiling broadly, he replied, “I’m just a guy named Bush. Isn’t…Read More


Jesus Lovers Pray for Boy With Cerebral Palsy

By Wendy Belzberg

Our middle son has cerebral palsy, is 23 years old and lives at home. Often on our outings to the mall, people will stop us to pray for our well-being, many times bringing up Jesus’ name. My wife reacts rudely to these people. I smile and say thanks and walk on. I don’t think it hurts for someone to pray for us; my wife feels they oughtRead More


Esther Drescher? ‘The Nanny’ Tried New Role for Purim

By Masha Leon

Strains of “Hooray for Hollywood” greeted guests filing into the Waldorf-Astoria’s Grand Ballroom for the Jewish Museum’s March 5 Masked Purim Ball, in part a celebration of the museum’s concurrent exhibition, “Entertaining America: Jews, Movies and Broadcasting.”Among the 600 black-tie and masked revelers who helped raise a record…Read More


‘The Righteous’: An Anthology of Heroes

By Masha Leon

Following a two-year correspondence, I finally met historian Sir Martin Gilbert at the February 19 launch of his latest opus, “The Righteous: The Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust” (Henry Holt & Co.), at the Anti-Defamation League’s headquarters. In October 2001 I received a letter from London from Gilbert — author of 40…Read More


Sharing the Joy of Separating the Sexes

By Wendy Belzberg

I used to be promiscuous in my dress and behavior. I have since embarked on a religious journey and have discovered the benefits of no physical contact with men and modest dress. This has boosted my self-esteem and confidence and helped me form meaningful relationships with others, particularly with men. I’d likeRead More


Increasing Deficits, Sinking Pensions

By Gus Tyler

Pensions are in trouble — whether they are public (Social Security) or private. The reason is the same; namely, the institutions that stand behind the pension plans are running out of the needed resources to meet their commitments. Let’s start with the private (non-governmental) plans.Some 44 million people are covered by pensionRead More





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