Rabbi Zvi Grumet shows up at 2:15 p.m. three times a week to teach his 8:15 a.m. Torah class in Teaneck, N.J.
The administration of the Torah Academy of Bergen County doesn’t mind a bit — Rabbi Grumet does his teaching from Jerusalem.
Allan Jordan, a Jewish genealogy buff from Roslyn, L.I., has hit a roadblock in tracking down his family history: Bayside Cemetery.
“My great-grandfather is buried at Bayside, but we can’t find the plot,” says Jordan.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of Lemrick Nelson Jr. in the Crown Heights murder case, the family of riot victim Yankel Rosenbaum fears that federal prosecutors will renew talks for a plea deal in the racially explosive case.
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen |
Just when you thought nothing could still shock, a New Year’s postcard arrives bearing a wrapped condom and this warning: “This will not protect you from the real intentions of the Christian right wing. Abstinence from strange bedfellows is advised. Practice safe politics.”
It ain’t Hallmark, that’s for sure.
Turning his back on what one interfaith rabbi called “the emerging new Catholic theology about Jews and Judaism,” William F. Buckley Jr. says Jews still need to be targeted for conversion.
In a recent syndicated column, the noted Catholic pundit and leading conservative chides a group of progressive Catholic Bishops for declaring that proselytizing Jews is no longer theologically acceptable.
The careers of stage-and-screen star Mae West, moral crusader Anthony Comstock and birth-control pioneer Margaret Sanger are intimately bound up in the history of sexuality in America. So, too, are those of burlesque queen Ida Mencken, publisher Samuel Roth and condom-maker Julius Schmidt. Their enterprising exploits will be on display when the Museum of Sex opens this week.