Mussar On The Upper West Side

06/12/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
About 100 Jews will practice meditation and recite confidence-building affirmations, often-criticized staples of the New Age movement, on the Upper West Side next week. And it will all be under reliable Jewish supervision. A conference at the JCC in Manhattan on June 22 will incorporate a wide variety of spiritual practices when it introduces mussar, a popular component of Orthodox thought, to a largely non-Orthodox audience.

Suddenly Everyone Wants Safed

06/19/2003 - 20:00
Associate Editor
For the first time, a son of Safed is prime minister. All right, so Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) is the Palestinian prime minister, but Israelís fate is in his hands as much as anyoneís. When he insists that peace depends on Israel recognizing the Arab right of return, heís talking about himself and heís talking about Safed.
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