NEW YORK - The belief that the Lubavitch rabbi who died 10 years ago is the messiah, no longer holds water for most of the movement's Hasids in America. The messianic stream slightly damaged the image of the Chabad movement there at the time, but now only distant echoes remain.
Despite the intifada and economic difficulties in Israel, the rate of immigration from North America has risen by about 20 percent in 2003, according to Jewish Agency statistics released yesterday.
The end of a tough round of UN meetings for Israel has seen Jewish leaders accusing Ambassador Dan Gillerman of damaging arrogance.
A new congregation on the Upper East Side hopes to draw in those disaffected by the Jewish community in Manhattan's developing synagogue war.
Though over 40 percent of Americans view Israel as a threat to world peace, support for Israel's policies remains high among the American public, according to the results of a survey released yesterday by the Anti-Defamation League.