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The Haggadah Hobby

04/16/2008
Staff Writer
Are you familiar with the Haggadah commentary of Rabbi Benjamin David Rabinowitz, an 18th-century scholar in Warsaw? Or of Rabbi Ya’akov Lorberbaum, a Polish rosh yeshiva in the late 1700s and early 1800s? Or of Rabbi David Dov Meisels, a chasidic rebbe in Poland 150 years ago? Probably not. Unless you are a member of the Oceanside Jewish Center.

Is Hall Of Fame In The Cards?

07/07/2006
Staff Writer
A century after he was a standout major league baseball catcher, Johnny Kling has been bypassed by the national pastime. When the Veterans Committee of baseball’s Hall of Fame made its last choices for long-retired players, in 2001, Kling did not make the cut. When Jewish Major Leaguers issued its initial set of Jewish baseball cards in 2003, and an updated version earlier this year, Kling wasn’t there. Was it because Kling, who died at 71 in 1947, was too Jewish, or not Jewish enough? Gil Bogen says it’s both.

Mourning A Lost Son Of Israel

07/07/2006
Staff Writer
This past week, while Israel prayed for a kidnapped Israeli corporal and Israeli soldiers struck at Gaza, a future Israeli soldier was buried in Jerusalem.

A Road That Divides A Nation

08/17/2007
Staff Writer
In most countries, a new highway is just a stretch of asphalt. In Israel, a new highway is a source of national debate. Israel is building a unique four-lane highway through the West Bank, east of Jerusalem — two lanes are for Israelis, two for Palestinians. Separated by a tall wall of concrete that looks like Jerusalem stone, the nearly completed road will keep the nationalities separate from each other, allowing Palestinians to travel through Israeli-held land with few exits along the way.

Holding Up Jewish Tradition

07/06/2007
Staff Writer
Somewhere, someone is holding a Torah scroll. Somewhere, a new parchment scroll is finding a new home. Somewhere, in other words, a Torah dedication ceremony is taking place. The participants, as in a religious neighborhood of Jerusalem, below, may wear black hats. Or, like Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class Jesse Kopelman, right, aboard the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier in the Norfolk, Va., harbor, they may favor white caps.

More Green From Green

04/27/2007
Staff Writer
Shawn Green has taken his place in the major leagues – of Jewish philanthropy. Last week the Mets right fielder announced he will donate $180 to UJA-Federation for every run he drives in. This week UJA-Federation asked more people to step up to the plate. The philanthropy unveiled its RBI Initiative, encouraging people of various means to pledge amounts of their choosing to the annual campaign for every Green RBI.

Marking Israel’s 59th

04/27/2007
Staff Writer
In Israel, Independence Day is a cause for giving thanks: singing “ Hatikvah”; hanging the flag from apartment banisters and on automobile aerials. For bopping friends over the head with small toy hammers. Following Yom HaZikaron, Israelis celebrated Yom Ha’Atzmaut, Independence Day, as usual in a spirit of joy over the country’s accomplishments in its first 59 years with a twinge of apprehension over what future years will bring.

AJCongress Leader Maslow, 99

03/02/2007
Staff Writer
(JTA) — Former American Jewish Congress leader William Maslow died in his Manhattan home last Friday at the age of 99. Born in Kiev in 1907, Maslow moved to the United States with his family in 1911. He served as general counsel to the AJCongress from 1945 to 1960, and as executive director from 1960 to 1972, guiding the organization’s fight against discrimination to the court system. Under Maslow’s direction, the AJCongress fought housing restrictions on Jews in many communities, as well as discriminatory hiring and admissions policies at U.S. companies and universities.

RIETS’ Rabbi Elimelech Schachter, 93

03/02/2007
Staff Writer
Rabbi Elimelech Schachter, a faculty member at the Yeshiva University rabbinical school for nearly 50 years, died Feb. 26 in Borough Park. He was 93. Rabbi Schachter served as professor of rabbinics at the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary and taught at many divisions of YU, mentoring generations of rabbinical students. He was the author of “The Babylonian and Jerusalem Mishnah and wrote several rabbinic opinions and scholarly articles.

Mezuzah Standoff In Ft. Lauderdale

02/16/2007
Staff Writer
A mezuzah placed on the door of a condo in South Florida, of all places, is stirring a controversy. Laurie Richter, a recent law school graduate, attached the mezuzah to the doorpost of her condo apartment in Fort Lauderdale when she moved in on Dec. 1, and the condo board told her recently to take it down. The Port condominium told Richter that the mezuzah violates bylaws that prohibit owners and occupants from attaching, hanging, affixing or displaying anything on the building’s walls, doors, balconies, railings and windows.
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