News

Oh Brother!

10/23/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In Hebrew and Aramaic he was known as Jacob or Yakov. He was a son of a late Second Temple period carpenter named Joseph. And like Robert from the hit sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond,” he was the forgotten brother of a much more popular sibling. But Jacob, better known to the world as James the Just, was actually no slouch. In Jerusalem, he led a religious congregation of observant Jews devoted to his brother’s memory and teachings until he was also put to death, in the year 63 CE.

A Date With Sephardim

10/23/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Click on continuity, and caring. That’s what more than 600 people, mostly from New York’s Sephardic community, were doing last Saturday night at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea when they came together to mingle, maybe meet a mate, and raise money to buy computers for poor Israeli children. The event was sponsored by the Young Leadership Division of the Israeli Sephardic Educational Foundation (ISEF) on behalf of “Screens for Kids.”

Questions In Lanner Trial

10/17/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Lawyers for Rabbi Baruch Lanner have given official notice they intend to appeal his conviction for sexually abusing two teenage girls while he was their principal at a New Jersey yeshiva. The notice of appeal, filed by New York defense attorney Nathan Dershowitz, comes on the heels of Rabbi Lanner being freed on bail last Friday by a two-judge New Jersey appeals court panel. The rabbi had spent four days in jail to begin serving a seven-year sentence.

Jewish-Christian Group Launched

10/17/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
While Evangelical Christians are capturing headlines for their fervent support of Israel, going virtually unnoticed is how the nation’s “mainline” Protestants have been strongly advocating an anti-Israel/pro-Palestinian position during the current Middle East crisis.

Lanner Out On Bail Pending Appeal

10/10/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A New Jersey appellate court Thursday granted Rabbi Baruch Lanner’s emergency request to be free on bail pending the appeal of his conviction of sexually abusing two teenaged girls while he was their principal in a New Jersey yeshiva high school.

Buckley Bucking A Trend

09/26/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
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.

Lanner Gets 7-Year Prison Term

10/10/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Declaring that he is “not a monster” and acknowledging errors in judgment — but stopping short of apologizing to the girls he sexually abused — Rabbi Baruch Lanner was sentenced last week to seven years in a New Jersey state prison. Rabbi Lanner, 52, once one of America’s most prominent Modern Orthodox youth leaders, was taken away in handcuffs Friday from the Monmouth County courtroom in Freehold, N.J., after delivering an emotional plea for mercy that invoked the Holocaust, God and his grandchild.

Sacks And Salvation

09/26/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Who holds the keys to true salvation? In recent years, Jewish interfaith leaders have been carefully parsing new statements of Christian theologians on the subject, raising objections when the Vatican or Evangelical leaders declare that everlasting salvation can come only through belief in Jesus. More recently, militant Islamic clerics have labeled those who don’t believe in Muhammad and Allah as infidels.

War Of Words Rages

09/26/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Campus battles over the Middle East conflict and rising anti-Semitism are heating up on several fronts: # A national pro-Palestinian student conference declaring that “Zionism is racism” is slated for Oct. 12 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with plans to increase pressure on college officials to drop investments in Israel.

Efforts Building For Arab Refugees

09/26/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Carole Basri stood in the bright sunshine in front of the Isaiah Wall, only blocks from the United Nations headquarters. She clutched a black-and-white picture of her white-bearded great-grandfather — the former chief rabbi of Baghdad. “I come here as a Jew and an Arab,” she told a small gathering of reporters and Jewish officials Monday. “My family had lived there for 2,500 years, before the rise of Mohammed and Islam. I want to see Iraq someday, see the home of my parents and my legacy.”
Syndicate content