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  • Pardon Granted to Man Who Flew Planes to Israel

    A posthumous pardon was granted to a man who provided planes and weapons to Israel’s armed forces during its 1948 War of Independence. Charles Winters, a Protestant from Miami who died in 1984 and was buried in Israel, served 18 months in prison for violating the Neutrality Act, which prevents U.S. citizens from providing assistance… More ▸

  • Dour, Driven, Dedicated to the Prez? This May Be for You

    Seeking well-heeled professionals to contemplate one of the grimmest episodes in human history. Requirements include lots of time on your hands and an ability to cull meaning from savagery. And it helps to be on a first-name basis with the most powerful person on earth. Far below the stratospheric rivals who now occupy President-elect Barack… More ▸

  • Ukrainian Charity Accused of ‘ethnic Incitement’

    Ultranationalist lawmakers in a western Ukrainian city demanded the arrest of members of a Jewish charity over a Holocaust film screening. Members of Svoboda, or the Freedom Party, in the Lvov City Council requested that the regional prosecutor’s office open an inquiry leading to criminal charges against members of the Lvov Hesed Ariye organization, according… More ▸

  • Op-ed: the Bush I Know

    President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush will watch Monday night as the grandsons of Harry Truman and David Ben-Gurion light a menorah on the State Floor of the White House. It will be the eighth year the president has devoted an evening to celebrate Chanukah, and more than 600 Jewish friends and guests will… More ▸

  • Controversy Highlights Challenges for Liberal Orthodox School

    A liberal Orthodox rabbinical school’s response to the controversial action of one of its graduates highlights the challenge facing progressives in the Modern Orthodox community. Rabbi Darren Kleinberg participated this summer in a mixed-denominational beit din, or religious court, in Phoenix, where he runs an adult education organization. Kleinberg, a 2005 graduate of Yeshivat Chovevei… More ▸

  • ‘madagascar 2′ Stars Visit Israel

    The stars of the film “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” received a warm reception in Israel. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, were in the Jewish state over the weekend for the Israeli premiere of the animated movie. The trio of actors signed hundreds of autographs and were… More ▸

  • Living Like Anne Frank?

    An online accommodation agency I came across recently used one of the most tasteless slogans I’ve ever seen to advertise a holiday rental in Amsterdam. “Amsterdam Stay Apartments present the Anne Frank apartment,” read a banner across the top of the apartment’s Web page. “Live like Anne Frank during your Amsterdam stay,” it promised, “with… More ▸

  • Bridging the Muslim-jewish Divide

    There was nothing unusual about some 20 devout Muslims from the King Fahad Mosque bowing and prostrating themselves as they recited the Isha, or night prayer. Only the site was Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills, and the worshipers were outnumbered by about 80 Jews watching the unfamiliar ritual. At the same time, in another room… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Survey: Religious values ‘under attack’ A majority of Americans believe religious values are “under attack,” according to a survey. A national poll of 1,000 Americans commissioned by the Anti-Defamation League also found that those who believe Jews control Hollywood has decreased. “American Attitudes on Religion, Moral Values and Hollywood,” which was conducted in October 2008,… More ▸