Judaism

Tzedakah 2.0

My grandmother sometimes complains about charitable organizations. She’s a very generous woman who donates to many charities, but she often gets frustrated by the amount of solicitations she receives. With each complimentary pen, notepad, wall calendar, or other complimentary gift sent in the mail (so she’ll remember to donate again), she remarks that these organizations would be better off saving their money and using it to fulfill their mission. She also expresses angst when a solicitation envelope arrives only days after she already sent in a contribution.

Steinberg’s Words Still Resonate

At Park Avenue Synagogue symposium and book launch,
scholars describe theological and personal impact of author of ‘As a Driven Leaf.’

03/23/2010
Editor And Publisher

On March 19, 1950, Milton Steinberg, the esteemed rabbi of Park Avenue Synagogue, lay gravely ill with heart failure. But from his hospital sickbed he continued to work on his historical novel about the Prophet Hosea, describing an impending battle scene and a character’s premonitions of the angel of death.

A few hours later he was dead, at 46.

Dr. David Steinberg, left, and Dr. Jonathan Steinberg, sons of Rabbi Milton Steinberg, with speaker Rabbi Harold Kushner.

The Curse That Rocked Great Neck

A haredi rabbi’s actions — telling Persians at a private
house party that ‘tragedy for eternity’ would befall them — have sent shockwaves through the community.

03/10/2010
Jewish Week Staff Writer

Like biblical plagues raining down on them from an angry God, the white-bearded, black-hatted rabbi laid a string of curses upon the unsuspecting suburban partygoers.

Rabbi Mordechai Aderet: Party crasher frightens guests.

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.

Theologians Cry Foul Over Ward Remarks

04/27/2001
Staff Writer
The “Charlie Ward controversy” is exposing a vein of Christian Evangelical thought that may be far more widespread — and far more harmful to Jews — than previously believed, say religion experts. The remarks by the veteran Knicks guard made during a Bible study session with teammates — that the Jews are Christ killers and that they persecute Christians to this day — point to two troubling developments in Jewish-Christian relations, those experts say.

‘Interim Judaism’ And Moral Leadership

04/02/2008
Staff Writer
Rabbi Peter Knobel is on a mission: to propel his colleagues in the Reform rabbinate to exercise moral leadership and speak out with conviction on public issues. According to Rabbi Knobel, president of the 1,800-member Central Conference of American Rabbis, which met for its annual convention this week in Cincinnati, fear of controversy and an over-emphasis on internal spirituality has caused his colleagues to draw back from the prophetic tradition that they once proudly wore as their mantle.

NEW: Rabbi Noach Weinberg, Aish Hatorah Yeshiva Founder, Dies

02/04/2009
Staff Writer
Rabbi Noach Weinberg, the founder of the Aish Hatorah yeshiva in Jerusalem that grew into an international outreach institution, and one of the leaders of the 1960s movement that brought thousands of unaffiliated Jews back to traditional Judaism, died Feb. 5 in his Jerusalem home after a long illness.

A Third Way On Faith-Based Conflict?

Rabbi David Saperstein of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism was named to President Obama’s faith-based advisory board.

02/11/2009
Washington Correspondent

President Barack Obama may be seeking an elusive middle ground on major “culture wars” issues in the early days of his presidency. And according to some analysts that could cause headaches for Jewish church-state groups that were hoping for a sharp reversal of former President George W. Bush’s ambitious faith-based initiative.

Last week’s administration decision revamping the Bush-era faith-based office raised more questions than answers about contentious issues like job discrimination and proselytizing.

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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