Avi Weiss

Death Camp Dispute

07/11/2003
Staff Writer
How best to honor the memory of half a million Jews buried in the horrific and long-neglected Belzec death camp in southeastern Poland? That's the heart of a running dispute pitting several rabbis and Jewish organizations that support the approved design plan against New York activist Rabbi Avi Weiss, who insists the plan desecrates the victims and violates Jewish law. The dispute echoes the debate in New York City over the memorial for the Sept. 11 World Trade Center victims.

YU's Challenge From Right

06/09/2000
Staff Writer
Yeshiva University is facing an aggressive challenge to its standing as the primary facility where Orthodox high school boys can attend college while continuing intensive Jewish studies. In recent weeks, two rabbis and two professors have defected from YU's Washington Heights campus in Upper Manhattan to join the soon-to-be opened Lander College for Men, being built on seven acres in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens.

National Rally Set For Monday

04/12/2002
Staff Writer
For the first time since the Six-Day War in 1967, Jewish leaders are calling for an emergency national Israel Solidarity rally in Washington to take place Monday. With the decision to hold the rally made just a week before the event, dozens of national Jewish groups — from Reform to Orthodox, from right wing to left — were working feverishly to mobilize their members.

Fallout From ‘Mr. Pope’ Comment

06/18/1999
Staff Writer
Polish and American Jewish leaders say last week’s “Mr. Pope” incident between Poland’s chief rabbi and Pope John Paul II has damaged Jewish-Catholic relations in Poland, and could undermine negotiations involving the controversial Auschwitz cross. And adding to the Auschwitz cross controversy is Riverdale Rabbi Avi Weiss, who on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council in Washington for violating his First Amendment rights by barring him from speaking at this week’s biannual board meeting.

War Of Words Rages

09/27/2002
Staff Writer
Campus battles over the Middle East conflict and rising anti-Semitism are heating up on several fronts: # A national pro-Palestinian student conference declaring that “Zionism is racism” is slated for Oct. 12 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with plans to increase pressure on college officials to drop investments in Israel.

Shuls Of Straw: Yitz, Avi & The Big Bad Wolf

Friday, November 6th, 2009 It’s time to stop crediting “the Rav” (Soloveitchik) for having been the intellectual centerpiece of Modern Orthodoxy. He’s not. Never was. His “modern” Orthodoxy wasn’t all that modern, even in his prime. He was about as modern as your zaidy’s Eisenhower-era Dodge, equipped with only AM radio.

Was God In The Tsunami?

01/14/2005
Staff Writer
The images transmitted from half a world away thrust suffering into our eyes on a scale that might have seemed like the stuff of Hollywood horror films. More than 150,000 people swallowed by the sea, many of their broken bodies spit back onto land like so much detritus, the bodies of children stacked up awaiting identification, mothers able to hold on to only two children while their others were washed away. The magnitude of the anguish has forced many to ask the eternal and fundamental theological question: “Where was God?”

The Rat And The Rabbi

09/08/2009
Staff Writer
‘God,” says Rabbi Avi Weiss, arguably the highest-profile Jewish activist in the country, “has a funny sense of humor. They’re protesting in front of my shul.”

Leaders Defend Embattled Holocaust Scholar

06/21/1998
Washington Correspondent

Washington — Holocaust scholars this week are rallying around the appointment of John K. Roth as the first director of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, the newly created scholarly arm of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
And museum officials seem to be lining up behind the embattled scholar.
Roth last week found himself under attack for a 1988 Los Angeles Times op-ed article that his attackers say “desecrates the memory” of Holocaust victims and compares Israel to the Nazis.

Back To Bucharest

04/13/2007
Staff Writer
Like most members of his generation, who grew up in communist Eastern Europe during the last years of communism, Sorin Rosen had no Jewish education or upbringing. “Nothing at all,” he says. Like many Jews from former Iron Curtain countries who belatedly discovered their Jewish roots, Rosen became interested as a teen in learning what he had not as a child. After visiting some distant relatives in Israel, he became active in several Jewish organizations in Bucharest, his Romanian hometown. Like some, he drifted toward religious observance.
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