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Burg: ‘The Apostate’ Not Backing Down

04/09/2008
Special To The Jewish Week

The controversy aroused last year by the publication of his latest book, “Defeating Hitler,” and a lengthy interview in one of Israel’s daily papers continues to trail Avram Burg, as suggested by forum here last week.

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Avram Burg In First N.Y. Appearance Since Controversial Book

04/02/2008
Special To The Jewish Week

The controversy aroused last year by the publication of his latest book, "Defeating Hitler," and a lengthy interview in one of Israel's daily papers continues to trail Avram Burg, as suggested by a Tuesday night forum in New York.

State Funds Chernobyl Screening

04/13/2007
Special to The Jewish Week

 Amid the publicity given to Gov. Elliot Spitzer’s partially successful efforts to achieve significant savings in health care costs in the state budget, one little-noticed line item expanding state funding for health care was inserted with the support of the leadership of both houses of the State Legislature — $540,000 for thyroid cancer screening for New Yorkers who were exposed to massive amounts of harmful radiation during the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Toward A Kinder, Gentler Islam

02/22/2008
Special to The Jewish Week

 Is there a tolerant, pluralistic form of Islam that has the self-confidence and mass appeal to counter the spread of violent and fundamentalist jihadist ideology across the Muslim world?  

C. Holland Taylor, a North Carolina-born ex-businessman who was born Christian but terms himself a “universalist drawn to mystical traditions in all religions,” thinks so.

Abbas Seen Wooing Terror Groups

04/01/2005
Staff Writer
In his efforts to co-opt rather than fight terrorist groups, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sought to get Hamas and Islamic Jihad to join the Palestine Liberation Organization, of which he is the leader. This week, he appeared on the verge of success — but at the expense of Israel.

‘Jews And Muslims Are Kissing Cousins’

12/21/2007
Special to The Jewish Week

After three days in the media glare, the so-called "Subway Good Samaritan" retreated to upstate New York in the middle of last week. But the trip with a friend lasted just 24 hours, and when Hassan Askari returned to his life as a Berkeley College accounting student and a deliveryman for two East Village Indian restaurants, a fuller picture began to emerge of a thoughtful 20-year-old Bangladeshi with a multicultural cast to his life and strong views about the common ground he believes exists between Jews and Muslims.

Giving Small, Making A Big Difference

12/07/2007
Special to The Jewish Week

The newspaper story gnawed at him.

How is it possible, Robert Ivker thought, that in a city as affluent as New York, Holocaust survivors from the former Soviet Union can live in such grinding poverty? This despite efforts by agencies like the Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst (JCH) to provide hot meals, transportation to doctors, and free English-language instruction.

First-Class Men

05/21/2008
Rabbi David Wolpe is spiritual leader of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles.

A poignant comment from historian John Lukacs in his book “A Thread of Years”:

“Of the many differences between the movie ‘Titanic’ and history, one in particular is telling. In the movie, as the ship is sinking the first-class passengers (all third-class human beings) scramble to climb into the small number of lifeboats. Only the determination of the hardy seamen — who use guns to keep the grasping men at bay — gets the women and children into the boats.

Generation Next

02/27/2008
Rabbi David Wolpe is spiritual leader of Temple Sinai in Los Angeles.

Where is our generation in the march of history? Are we, as Spengler wrote, “men of early winter,” coming along toward the end of the human story? Is a child born now, in the title of Brian Morton’s wonderful, wistful novel, “Starting Out in the Evening?”

In ancient times the world was new, and in what we call modern times the world is old. That age has effects, and though we may remain ignorant of history we live with its consequences.

Out Of Africa, Into Uncertainty

02/02/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

How do you preserve a culture and yet move forward in a changing world? That dilemma is at the heart of the Jewish experience, so it comes as no great shock that almost all the films in this year’s New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival center on that theme. The documentaries in this year’s event are particularly sensitive to the nuances of evolving cultures and the results are frequently as dramatic and poignant as you will find in any fiction feature this year.

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