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Despite Fervent Objections by All Seven ‘Green Line’ Universities, Ariel U. Becomes a Reality

The 11-2 vote came despite vehement opposition from the country's other seven universities.

On the Eve of Yom HaShoah, Israel’s Government Increases Holocaust Survivors’ Benefits

On the eve of Yom HaShoah, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet on Tuesday adopted the recommendation of the Prime Minister, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz,...

Canada Shuts Down Organization Supporting B’Tzelem

The website Shalom Toronto reports that Canada's foreign office will close down the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic development, which two years...

Find A Solution – But Not On My Cheshbon

If certain elements of the charedi community have issues with the way women dress, let them figure out a way to alleviate their obvious spiritual and mental distress in a way that does not encroach on other people’s rights. It's their problem - they need to resolve it, instead of demanding that a huge segment of society change their lives and the way they do things just to accommodate them.

Obama Seeks Continued Funding of UNESCO, Despite Recognition of ‘Palestine’

"The Department of State intends to work with Congress to seek legislation that would provide authority to waive restrictions on paying the U.S. assessed contributions to UNESCO," says a footnote in the budget that the White House submitted to Congress this month.

Barak: Iran is Yet to Reach the Point of No Return

The first Israeli reaction to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's last night's nuclear dog and pony show is - It's not quite that bad yet.

Massive US Defense Bill Includes Biggest-Ever Iran Sanctions

After months of threatening to impose harsh sanctions on Iran, US President Barack Obama signed into law tough embargos aimed at Iran’s central bank and financial sector.

US OKs Unprecedented Amount for Israeli Missile Defense

The US House and Senate committee on Appropriations has approved a budget doubling aid to Israel for the David’s Sling and Arrow 3 anti-ballistic medium-to-long range air defense systems.

EU Surge in Aid to PA Despite Economic Crisis

Despite a dire economic crisis throughout Europe, the European Parliament (EP) has just decided to increase the budget for aid given to the Palestinian Authority (PA) by €100 million – a 30 percent increase over previous years.

Cantor’s Foreign-Aid Idea Would Hurt Israel

This election season in the United States was not a great one for the U.S.-Israel relationship. Republicans and the tainted Emergency Committee for Israel launched mendacious ads and campaigns against pro-Israel Democrats across the country threatening the historic bipartisan support for Israel that has existed in Washington. The lies in these campaigns have been called out by an array of independent journalists from The New York Times to Salon, and politicizing support for Israel in this way has been condemned by key figures such as Israel's U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren.

It’s My Opinion: Power

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez was recently involved in a controversy causing outrage throughout the community. The mayor's "State of the County" address spoke of the dismal economy and warned of the necessity of deep budget cuts. Shortly after the speech, the mayor acted. He gave generous raises to members of his staff.

Shrinking Coffers, Mass Layoffs Push Federations Into Crisis Mode

Three of the largest local Jewish federations in the United States announced significant layoffs during the past two weeks, raising concerns about the future health of the country's main Jewish charitable network.

Shrinking Coffers, Mass Layoffs Push Federations Into Crisis Mode

Three of the largest local Jewish federations in the United States announced significant layoffs during the past two weeks, raising concerns about the future health of the country's main Jewish charitable network.

Madoff Scheme Delivers Major Blow To FSU Jews

MOSCOW - The Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff is the latest in a string of financial blows to Jewish aid programs in the former Soviet Union, wiping out a major foundation that was the primary funder of Jewish higher education in Russia.

Preserving Human Dignity Through Capital Punishment

One of the most popular causes among Jewish liberals is opposition to capital punishment.

Favorite Websites List

The votes have been received and tabulated, and the winner in the Monitor's first-ever readers' Favorite Websites poll is ... Jewish World Review, the daily webzine that, hard to believe, is the fruit of one man's labor.

Hide Your Wallet When You See A ‘Caring Leftist’

I have long believed that the one time the Left is even more dangerous than when it is pursuing "peace" is when it suddenly gets all caring-pooh about the underprivileged.

Passover Observance Is Not Grist For Anyone's Political Mill

We recognize that in the high-stakes, often take-no-prisoners budget negotiations in Albany, leverage is at a premium. And we also appreciate the particularly exquisite dilemma now facing Governor George Pataki with the advent of both houses of the legislature having united against him and their probable ability to override his vetoes of their budget proposals.

Anti-Orthodox Bias At The World Zionist Congress?

Last week in these pages, we noted the significance of the upcoming World Zionist Congress elections. As we said, the Congress determines the policies and budgetary allocations of the Jewish Agency in Israel which is the central agency administering the distribution of the bulk of the hundreds of millions of dollars raised by the UJA-Federation system worldwide. However, the erosion of Orthodox representation in the Congress over the years has resulted in a substantial diminution of support for Orthodox institutions and a definite non-Orthodox tilt in positions on issues that are fundamental to the character of the Jewish people.

Lack Of Consideration (Conclusion)

In last week's column, I published a letter from a young family who had started life as secular Jews and later became ba'alei tshuva.

Lack of Consideration

Dear Rebbetzin Jungreis: My husband and I are the proud parents of six children, bli ayn hara. We are Yeshivishe people and live on a modest, tight budget.

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