Despite optimism that Congress would quickly pass legislation authorizing federal financial assistance to synagogues and other houses of worship damaged by Superstorm Sandy, the bill is bottled up in the Senate after overwhelming passage in the House last February.
The strong bond between Pope Francis and longtime friend
Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires is such that when the pope hosted the rabbi in Rome in September he made sure the rabbi was housed within walking distance of a synagogue, had kosher food, wine and challah.
Hella Winston |
Prosecutors in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office were set to dismiss the case against chasidic abuse whistleblower Sam Kellner this week for lack of evidence, but were overruled by their supervisor and then reassigned, The Jewish Week has learned.
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A hero to many in the Orthodox community on matters relating to the separation of church and state, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s comments on circumcision at a Yeshiva University forum last Wednesday night may have come as an unpleasant surprise to those who think the justice’s opinions flow from his own religious beliefs.
When the Second Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, and animal sacrifices ceased, a religious crisis ensued. The Talmud says that the daily prayers were then instituted in place of the sacrifices; ever since, prayer has become the essential mode of Jewish spiritual introspection and communication in times of joy and crisis.