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  • Does the bible condone adultery?

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    2 weeks ago

    The 1999 memo of Susannah Heschel that ended up with President Bill Clinton’s domestic policy advisor, Ruby Shamir, excusing the President’s affair with Monica Lewinsky as not being adulterous by virtue of “classical Jewish law” is bizarre. What was Heschel – who is the daughter of...

  • ‘Obama skips church, heads to the gym’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 24, 2008 | 3:18 pm

    My initial reaction to that headline from Politico was: So what?

    Barack Obama has probably been awfully busy since winning the presidential election. Maybe he hasn’t had time to find a new church in Washington or hasn’t been around Chicago on Sunday mornings.

    But I guess the Obamas...

  • Phone call sparks memory of young AIDS victim

    By Gloria Baran

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I recently received a phone call from an extraordinary woman.
     
    "This is Robin Jacobs," she said. I couldn't place her at first.
     
    She started to cry as she continued, "I wanted you to know how much we cherish the wonderful book you made for Ariel's bat mitzvah." And then it hit...
  • Circuit

    By Kelly Hartog

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Friends in Deed

    On Feb. 17, David Nathanson hosted a silent auction at his L.A. home for more than 100 young executives – and special guest 5th District L.A City Councilman Jack Weiss – to benefit nonprofit Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel.

    Located just south of Haifa, the...

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  • Tuning In

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    As founder and chair of Westwood One, the biggest

    radio network in the country, Norman J. Pattiz has an impact on what's carried over the airwaves in the United States and beyond. Now that he is a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, he has an even greater voice in...

  • Whom Pardons Are “Made For”

    By Tom Tugend

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The list of pardons granted by President Clinton on his last day in office included fugitive financier Marc Rich and convicted drug dealer Carlos Vignali -- and then there was Al Schwimmer.

    Nobody has paid much attention to the pardon for the 83-year-old former smuggler and...

  • Opportunities Ahead—Maybe

    By James D. Besser

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Talk to Jewish Republicans these days and you hear a palpable sense of coming out of the wilderness.

    After an agonizing eight years -- with Bill Clinton in the White House and Jews snapping back to their traditional allegiance to the Democrats -- things may be changing, they believe....

  • The Price of Freedom

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    To facilitate pidyon shvuyim (redeeming captive Jews from secular prisons) we are commanded to go so far as to sell a community's Torah scroll. Yet it is hard to rejoice that Bill Clinton pardoned four chassidim from the village of New Square, N.Y., along with an alleged tax evader...

  • Grand Denial

    By Jonathan Kellerman

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    During the lamest duck days of his presidency, Bill Clinton hustled to cobble together a series of under-the-wire executive orders and pardons, but he was unable to secure The Grand Prize: a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

    Though he...

  • Open Letter to President Bill

    By Ari Hier

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Dear President Clinton:



    This is the first time I have written a letter of this kind, but I felt it was time to express my feelings on paper.

    I moved from Los Angeles to Jerusalem about 18 months ago. I consider myself middle-of-the-road when it comes to politics, and I believe...

  • The Clinton Years

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 18, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Nostalgia for Bill Clinton? Don't say I didn't warn you. Even as George W. Bush takes office, the Jewish community is weeping sentimental tears for the almost lethally charismatic president who, in the words of The Forward, "had come to embody the hopes of Jewish liberals in America...

  • Salvaging Peace

    By Naomi Segal

    January 4, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    President Clinton's 11th-hour efforts to salvage the peace process may be too little, too late for many Israelis.



    Following reports that Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat had conditionally accepted Clinton's proposals as a basis for discussion, Israeli Prime Minister...

  • What a Week

    By Tom Tugend

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The official agenda of the Democratic Party may be to nominate Al Gore and Joseph Lieberman, but the real business all week seemed to be to party from morn til morn, raise zillions of dollars and tell the Jews what wonderful folks they are.

    President Clinton, addressing nearly 4,000...

  • With Power Comes Responsibility

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    August 17, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    From a Jewish perspective, this past week in Los Angeles was a tremendous success. Among other things, it tended to confirm the influential role of the Jewish community in L.A. From the parties that President Clinton attended to the panelists at the Shadow Convention who derided and...

  • Barak at Camp David

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is a sense at this moment that "time has stopped." That all political voices have become silent, in Israel no less than in the United States, while Messrs. Arafat, Barak and Clinton struggle over language, issues and principles in an effort to reach a peace agreement.

    It is, of...

  • Barak’s Gamble

    By Eric Silver

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Camp David summit looks like the boldest gamble by an Israeli leader since the founding father, David Ben-Gurion, declared the Jewish state in May 1948, to the rumble of invading Arab guns and the chattering teeth of his own querulous associates. Ehud Barak flew to the United...

  • Barak at Camp David

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    There is a sense at this moment that "time has stopped." That all political voices have become silent, in Israel no less than in the United States, while Messrs. Arafat, Barak and Clinton struggle over language, issues and principles in an effort to reach a peace agreement.

    It is, of...

  • Selling AWACS to China

    By Eric Silver

    April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Chinese President Jiang Zemin donned his black kippah and followed in Pope John Paul II's footsteps to the Western Wall last week, confident that the world's biggest atheistic state would soon receive a $250 million airborne surveillance system from Israel Aircraft Industries on...
  • Dealing With Syria

    By Eric Silver

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    This weekend's Swiss summit between Bill Clinton and Hafez al-Assad is a make-or-break moment in the quest for peace between Syria and Israel. The American president will soon be a lame duck. The septuagenarian Syrian president is sick and eager to hand over the reins to his son,...
  • U.S. at Center Stage in Syria Talks

    By James D

    January 6, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    They were called "Syrian-Israeli" talks, but this week's second round of negotiations between the two countries was very much an American affair -- in a storybook small town chosen by the White House, with President Clinton playing host and mediator.

    So it was no surprise that when...

  • Talks to Be Held

    By Michael Shapiro

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's Middle East shuttle mission has paid off with the announcement that Israeli-Syrian negotiations will resume next week.

    President Clinton made the announcement Wednesday after Albright held separate talks with the leaders of Israel and...

  • A Bump in the Road to Jerusalem

    By Matthew Dorf

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Four years after the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed a law that required the United States to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the mission remains firmly rooted outside the Jewish state's capital city.

    President Clinton last Friday blocked the embassy move by...

  • Why Are We in Kosovo?

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    I always thought that historical perspective helped sharpen the mind by illuminating the choices that loomed ahead. But when I look at the awful state of affairs in Kosovo, I am not so certain that history offers much guidance. Maybe, though, if we try to look at the past freshly and...
  • Overshadowed Again

    By James D

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat came to town this week, seeking Washington's blessing for Palestinian statehood in return for postponing a unilateral declaration on May 4, when the interim Oslo period expires.

    Despite the fears of some Jewish leaders, he didn't get it; instead, he...

  • Our State of the Union

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Let us not, for the moment, worry about President Clinton, since he obviously can take care of himself. But Clinton's State of the Union address made me wonder: What is the Jewish State of the Union? By this I don't mean intermarriage or assimilation; I mean how are we, as activists...

  • ‘One of the Most Dismal Sessions Ever’

    By James D

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Asked to discuss the accomplishments of the 105th Congress, which erupted last week in a frenzy of last-minute wheeling and dealing as lawmakers tried to avert another politically costly government shutdown, Rep. Ben Cardin's response was succinct.

    "It will be a very brief...

  • The Lewinsky/Lieberman Equation

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    One day we may look back at the 1998 High Holidays as a bizarre version of "Rosencranz and Gildenstern are Dead"; American history seen through the perspective of minor Jewish characters helping to determine the national fate. Monica Lewinsky! Sen. Joseph Lieberman! As the...
  • Monica Lewinsky is Jewish

    October 1, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The New York Times devoted 1,500 words last Sunday to a biographical profile of Monica Lewinsky, the 24-year-old woman who allegedly had an 18-month affair with President Clinton and who has been accused of lying about it under oath.

    The New York Times' reporters are nothing if not...

  • Dress Reversal

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Dress Reversal

    How a certain cocktail dress could determine the future of Middle East diplomacy

    Sitting in the lobby of Washington's May-flower Hotel last weekend, the famously quick- tongued Yossi Beilin formerly Shimon Peres' right hand man, for once...

  • Opinion

    By Joel Kotkin

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Clinton, Lewinsky and the Jews

    By Joel Kotkin

    Arthur Hertzberg, arguably one of America's most prominent rabbis and Jewish intellectuals, has been a familiar guest at every White House since Lyndon...

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