The state's Board of Law Examiners is assessing what accommodation, if any, will be made for observant Jews who may be forced to take next yearís bar exam on Tisha b'Av. The board has set up an e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org, to determine how many people will be affected if the exam is held on the day of mourning, which is a fast day. Those requesting an accommodation should notify the board in writing by Oct. 10.
Just what Wall Street trader Jonathan Katz always wanted: a slice of the action.
Katz, who deals with hedge funds on weekdays, will handle pastrami and turkey on weekends this NFL season as a partner in Kosher Sports Inc., which will operate a pair of kosher food carts in Giants Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J., during Giants and Jets game. The teams' home season starts Sunday, Sept. 7, with the Giants hosting the St. Louis Rams.
The campaign to win compensation for hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees forced to flee Arab countries after 1948 got a boost this week when Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) said he plans to introduce a resolution in the House of Representatives next month demanding justice for the refugees.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told his cabinet Sunday that he has made fighting anti-Semitism a major concern of his government in the wake of a two-day forum in Jerusalem designed to develop a global initiative to deal with the problem.
"The prime minister said that until now it had a low profile [in Israel]," said Natan Sharansky, who as minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs organized the forum. "In Israel, anti-Semitism was seen as a diaspora problem. Now it is understood that that has to be changed."
Lawyers for the family of Yankel Rosenbaum filed a brief last Friday asking a federal judge to keep the chasidic scholar's assailant in jail longer than guidelines suggest when he is sentenced Aug. 15 on a civil rights conviction.
But Lemrick Nelson Jr. is almost certain to be released within a year since a jury in May found that he was not responsible for causing Rosenbaum's death, although he admitted attacking him during the 1991 Crown Heights riots. Nelson faces a 10-year sentence for violating Rosenbaum's civil rights; he already has served much of that term.
Somewhere in the United States, a man found himself behind an elderly woman in the checkout line at a supermarket the other day. As she counted out her money, she discovered she didn't have enough for one remaining item in her hand. Put it on my bill, the man whispered to the cashier.
The old lady, a little confused by the transaction, went home with the item: a box of Shabbat candles.
The man had done his clandestine act of kindness, indirectly, because of Shoshana Greenbaum.