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False Analogy

12/24/2009
Staff Writer

I respectfully disagree with Rabbi Avi Shafran’s letter (Dec. 18) concerning the arrest of the woman at the Kotel.
First, the Kotel is a public place belonging to all Jews and not just one stream of Judaism. Therefore, no one group should have exclusive rights to this most holy site in Judaism.

Living In A Man’s World

12/24/2009
Staff Writer

Rabbi Avi Shafran of Agudath Israel, in his letter (Dec. 18), seems to be living in a man’s world with his head buried in the sand. Maybe a woman reading from the Torah while praying with the Women of the Wall on Rosh Chodesh Kislev violates his sensibilities, but he certainly not have the right to speak for the “majority of the Kotel’s regular visitors.”

Day Schools Weathering the Storm

12/16/2009

The most surprising finding from a new census of Jewish day schools for the current academic year is that while enrollment has declined, the drop has not been nearly as steep as many educators and communal officials had predicted.

At a meeting on Tuesday here convened by the Avi Chai Foundation, representatives of Orthodox, Conservative, Reform and community day schools discussed why and how most schools were able to retain students at a time of serious economic recession and what lessons can be learned going forward.

Police State On Israel’s Doorstep?

11/06/1998
JTA Reporter and Staff Writer
Al-Burg, West Bank — From her hilltop village of Al-Burj, located southwest of Hebron, Majida Talahmeh closely followed Israeli and Palestinian negotiators last month as they put the finishing touches on the Wye River Memorandum in the United States. Like many Palestinians, Talahmeh, 27, worried about how a new agreement on security cooperation would affect the Palestinian people. Her family feels that it has already paid a heavy price for Israeli security demands.

Activist Rabbi Pressing Ashcroft On LAX Attack

07/19/2002
Staff Writer
Charging that the FBI is being compromised by political concerns, activist Rabbi Avi Weiss is seeking a meeting with U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to discuss why the July 4 shootings at Los Angeles International Airport have not been classified a terrorist incident: in apparent neglect of the Justice Department's own guidelines.

Petitioning For Campus Peace

10/11/2002
Staff Writer
With tensions mounting on American campuses over anti-Semitism and the Israel-Palestinian conflict, hundreds of college presidents have signed onto a landmark petition calling for "intimidation-free" campuses. But the document itself has become the subject of controversy. That's because the statement, released by the American Jewish Committee, specifically mentions only intimidation against Jewish students. As a result, some university presidents have declined to sign.

The Idealism, And Realism, Of King Hussein

11/21/2008
Staff Writer
During the reign of King Hussein, Jordanian currency would be printed with an empty space next to the image of a prominent site or prominent citizen. Hold the dinar up to a light, and a faint picture of the king would appear.

The Idealism, And Realism, Of King Hussein

11/21/2008
Staff Writer
During the reign of King Hussein, Jordanian currency would be printed with an empty space next to the image of a prominent site or prominent citizen. Hold the dinar up to a light, and a faint picture of the king would appear.

Bet Din For Belzec Battle?

08/01/2003
Staff Writer
New York activist Rabbi Avi Weiss has asked a national rabbinic court to resolve a dispute with the American Jewish Committee over construction of a $4 million memorial project at the Belzec death camp in southeastern Poland, where a half million Jews were murdered by the Nazis in 1942. This comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by Rabbi Weiss last week against AJCommittee in New York Supreme Court to block the project, which is cosponsored by the Polish government.
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