Iraq

'It's Scary, Very Scary'

03/28/2003
Staff Writer
Maj. David "Bull" Gurfein, a Long Island native who re-enlisted in the Marines after 9-11, is carrying with him in the battlefields of Iraq a small chunk of concrete from the remains of the World Trade Center. "It was 9-11 that triggered his desire to go back, especially after he went to Ground Zero," said his mother, Vivien. "He showed his [military] card and the police and firemen there handed him some pieces of concrete. He was weeping when he saw what happened there. ... They said to him, 'Go get 'em.'"

Havdalah At The Front

03/21/2003
Staff Writer
Just minutes after the blazing sun set in the Kuwaiti desert last Saturday, and as a lone candle flickered in a tent at Camp Commando near the Iraqi border, one of four Jewish soldiers at the evening Sabbath service began to cry when Rabbi Irving Elson put his hands on his shoulders and prayed. "Be strong and of courage and trust in the Lord," Rabbi Elson said, quoting from the Book of Joshua.

Out Of Sync

03/14/2003
Staff Writer
In deciding whether the United States should attack Iraq, rabbinic leaders from the different streams of Judaism are drawing upon Talmudic and biblical sources such as the Exodus story in which Moses and Aaron ultimately resort to "force" to win freedom for the Jews. And while the rabbinic leadership appears largely behind President George W. Bush, the Jewish community as a whole is deeply divided. Except for the Orthodox, leaders of the other movements said there was no consensus among their congregants about whether to go to war now.

Sukkot In Baghdad

10/17/2003
Staff Writer
Each day this week, Rabbi Jacob Goldstein of Brooklyn, chief chaplain of the New York National Guard, recited morning prayers at a sukkah erected in the plaza facing the main doors of Saddam Husseinís main presidential palace in Baghdad. "It's a six by eight sukkah and it is there for all to see," he said by phone from Baghdad. "So there I am every morning, benching lulav and esrog," he added referring to the ritual objects used in prayers during Sukkot.

More 'Awe' In Iraq

09/26/2003
Staff Writer
For Jewish soldiers in the combat zone, the Days of Awe have replaced shock and awe. Rabbi Jacob Goldstein, chief chaplain of the New York National Guard, arrived in Kuwait from New York this week bringing with him four Torahs, five lulav and etrog sets for Sukkot, challahs, honey cake and other supplies to enhance the High Holy Days that begin this weekend.

Sex, Lies and Saddam Hussein

The possibility that the preoccupation with sex, lies and grand jury testimony is crippling the nation’s foreign apolicy apparatus has Jewish activists in Washington worried.
That concern mushroomed this week in the wake of President Bill Clinton’s drama

08/21/1998
Washington Correspondent
Sex, Lies And Saddam The possibility that the preoccupation with sex, lies and grand jury testimony is crippling the nation’s foreign apolicy apparatus has Jewish activists in Washington worried. That concern mushroomed this week in the wake of President Bill Clinton’s dramatic confession of a “not appropriate” relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and with the latest eruption by Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein.

Iraq Debate Heating Up

09/27/2002
Washington Correspondent
Iraq Debate Heating Up

Unsure On Iraq

10/18/2002
Washington Correspondent
Unsure On Iraq Congress overwhelmingly approved a sweeping resolution last week authorizing President Bush to wage war against Iraq, but Jewish community leaders continue to be more cautious about the plunge toward war than most lawmakers.

Two Jewish Senators And The War

10/18/2002
Washington Correspondent
Last week’s vote on a congressional resolution authorizing the use of force against Iraq could have a big political impact on a pair of Jewish senators with political aspirations. In the case of Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 2000, those aspirations involve the White House. Political observers say Lieberman’s role as the administration’s Democratic point man in the war-powers debate could boost his presidential campaign — or throw a monkey wrench into it.

Jewish Pols Split On Iraq

10/11/2002
Washington Correspondent
Jewish Pols Split On Iraq With Congress set to pass a sweeping resolution authorizing the use of military force against Iraq, Jewish lawmakers are pretty much where the Jewish community is: united in concern about Saddam Hussein but divided about the best way to eliminate the threat he poses. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who chairs the important Senate Armed Services Committee, has emerged as an important advocate of caution and has promoted alternative legislation that would narrow the terms of the congressional endorsement.
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