Ah, the memories of the first day of school. New classes. New friends. New security searches.
In Israel, ever more security-conscious because of ongoing Arab terrorism, lines of students waiting to go through metal detectors at the school is front door offer a vivid lesson in current events.
Many schools have hired private security guards, aware that perpetrators of the intifada seek out crowded places for their attacks.
Here, students enter their school in Ramla, where Prime Minister Ariel Sharon came to mark the beginning of the school year.
by Debra Nussbaum Cohen |
People flocked to religious services and other forms of psycho-spiritual support in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. But several months later, it was widely reported that synagogue and church attendance had dropped down nearly to pre-9-11 levels.
But among Jewish alcoholics and drug addicts, synagogue and 12-step meeting attendance remained much higher months after the terrorist attacks than it was before.
The FBI, under pressure from the Jewish community, is now investigating the July 4 killing of two Jews at the El Al counter at Los Angeles International Airport as a terrorist incident.
This comes nearly eight weeks after the bureau first rejected, then downplayed, that the random shooting by an Egyptian gunman might have been a terrorist act.
Amir Hadad wasn't courting symbolism.
Hadad, a 24-year-old-professional tennis player from Israel, tells The Jewish Week he became the partner of Pakistan's Aisam ul-Haq Qureshi in time for doubles play at the Wimbledon tournament in London in July for financial reasons.
"We just wanted to make some money," says Hadad, who lost his singles match in the qualifying round of the U.S. Open that began this week in Flushing, Queens, and was to be teamed again with Qureshi in doubles. They made it to the third round at Wimbledon.
Do you know what time Shabbat ended in Williamsport, Pa., last week?
You did if you were watching ESPN.
The cable sports channel was broadcasting a semifinal game in the Little League World Series, and 12-year-old Micah Golshirazian was sitting in the dugout of the Jesse Burkett All-Stars (New England champions from Worcester, Mass.) and as a Sabbath-observant player, he wouldn't play until Shabbat was over.
At 8:43 p.m.
A clock on ESPN counted down the minutes.
In the dugout, Micah watched a scoreboard clock.
While Islamic anti-Judaism increases, a bit of positive interfaith news emerged this week from American Catholic leaders.
U.S. Catholic bishops declared Monday that campaigns that target Jews for conversion to Christianity "are no longer theologically acceptable in the Catholic Church."
This conclusion is contained in a 12-page joint Catholic-Jewish statement called "Reflections on Covenant and Mission" issued with the National Council of Synagogues, representing the Conservative and Reform Jewish streams.