Disaster

Last Stand At The Holy Tombs

02/26/2003
Associate Editor

In the 1930s, the prophets warned that people who let books burn will let people burn. And what of people who let holy places burn — for 30 months, anyway?

Well, said Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, we see what’s happening in Israel every day.

A Painful Blast From The Past

11/19/2008
Staff Writer
Nearly three decades after the first fatal attack on French Jewry since World War II, the Jews of France are reliving a horror and expressing thanks. The horror: a terrorist attack on the Rue Copernic synagogue in October 1980 that claimed four lives. The thanks: for the arrest of a Canadian professor accused of the bombing.

A Refuge For Hurting Families

10/29/2008
Staff Writer
Houston — Tzipora Mintz’s first concern when her husband learned he had to come here for medical treatment in early 2003 was his health. He had lymphoma, an advanced form of the cancer of the immune system.   Her second concern was housing. She and her husband — a young Orthodox couple from Brooklyn, they had recently had a new child — would be spending months, on and off, in Houston, while he received care at the Texas Medical Center.

Torah: Prescription For Health

06/14/2002
Staff Writer
First there was bad news, in a hospital, a few months ago: Yoav Aburas, 3 years old, had cancer. Then there was good news, in a dream: Yoav saw himself holding a white Torah scroll that would heal him. He told his parents. And he told them again. "Nobody listened because it was a dream," says Rabbi Simcha Scholar, executive vice president of Chai Lifeline, the organization for children with life-threatening illnesses that found a sefer Torah for Yoav two days after receiving his request.

Abraham, The Man

06/19/2003
Staff Writer
Revered by three major faiths as the first man to recognize and worship one God, the prophet Abraham remains an enigmatic historic figure, painted in few-but-broad strokes in the Torah, described in hagiographic terms in subsequent depictions.

Tragedy Without The Turmoil

09/01/2000
Staff Writer
A station wagon driven by an Orthodox Jew, allegedly running a red light, is involved in an early evening, late August accident with two African Americans on the streets of Brooklyn. This scenario happened in 1991, when Yosef Lifsh's car, in a motorcade escorting the Lubavitcher rebbe, spun out of control in Crown Heights and jumped a curb, killing 7-year-old Gavin Cato and injuring his 7-year-old cousin Angela. Crown Heights erupted in anti-Jewish riots.

Settlements And Other ‘100 Days’ Bellwethers

“Illegal” settlements on the West Bank face a challenge by the Obama administration, as is tries to increase its influence in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

01/28/2009
Washington Correspondent

As newly minted U.S. Mideast Envoy George Mitchell begins his first swing through a seething region, pro-Israel forces are waiting for early signals about how the Obama administration will deal with Jewish settlements and settlement outposts on the West Bank.

And while the new administration is likely to put off any sweeping new peace initiatives, it may have little choice but to address the perennially explosive issue quickly and decisively as part of President Barack Obama’s goal of restoring U.S. credibility in the Arab and Muslim worlds.

Going The Distance

07/02/1999
Staff Writer
Jaclyn Murphy's dream arrived in a large cardboard box the other day. Enclosed were two plastic caps, some T-shirts and a red, white and blue sweat suit: her uniform for the 1999 Pan American Maccabi Games. The package came about a year after Murphy, 16, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School in Bellmore, L.I., was declared free of cancer.

Begging For Forgiveness

09/22/2006
Staff Writer
A man who likes extinct languages, Mel Gibson had a chance to practice his Latin this summer — he made several mea culpas.   Following his drunken, sexist, profane, anti-Semitic tirade in Malibu in July, the actor-director apologized to the police officers who arrested him. He apologized in a general public statement for saying “despicable” things. He apologized “specifically to everyone in the Jewish community,” to “those who have been hurt and offended by those words.”  
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