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Lebovits Gets 2 Years; Victim Addresses His Abuser

07/09/2014
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Baruch Lebovits was led out of Brooklyn Supreme Court in handcuffs Wednesday morning after being sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to felony sex offenses with a minor. With time served and time off for good behavior, Lebovits is expected to serve only a few months in jail.

Lebovits Gets 2 Years; Victim Addresses His Abuser

07/09/2014
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Baruch Lebovits was led out of Brooklyn Supreme Court in handcuffs Wednesday morning after being sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to felony sex offenses with a minor. With time served and time off for good behavior, Lebovits is expected to serve only a few months in jail.

Obama’s Faith-Based Advisers Divided Over Exemption For Anti-Gay Discrimination

07/09/2014
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Washington -- President Obama’s faith-based advisers are coming down on different sides of a debate over a pending executive order that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation among federal contractors.

With Teens At JFK, BBYO Cancels Trips To Israel

07/09/2014
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Two groups of teenagers were at John F. Kennedy Airport Tuesday preparing to board a flight to Israel on a BBYO-organized tour when the organization decided at the last moment to delay the trips because of the rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip, The Jewish Week has learned.

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Israel Strikes 160 Gaza Sites

Rush hour rockets aimed at Ben Gurion airport intercepted.

07/09/2014
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Jerusalem  — The Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted at least two rockets near Tel Aviv.

Israeli soldiers prepare their tanks near the Gaza border. Getty Images
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Gaza Response Fuels Debate Over Goals

Balancing limited operation with calls to punish Hamas as sirens sound in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem.

07/09/2014
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As Israel launched a fierce retaliatory assault on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip this week, a sharp debate has erupted in Israel about the goal of the air and sea attack.

Smoke from an Israeli airstrike rises over the Gaza Strip near Sderot. Getty Images

The Healing Of Reb Zalman

For founder of Jewish Renewal, no successor but ‘a community of successors.’

07/09/2014
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For most of the 20th century, liberal Judaism, proud of its rational, academic underpinnings, had distanced itself  from — sometimes even disparaging — the mystical, fanciful chasidim of Eastern Europe. And yet, by the 1960s and increasingly with every decade since, Rabbi Zalman Schachter — or Reb Zalman as he preferred — mystical and fanciful, became the rebbe of the disconnected.

Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, second from left, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama in 2004.

‘His Love Outsized His Fear’

Remembering Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, founder of the Jewish Renewal movement.

07/08/2014
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He was my friend, teacher, purveyor of love and joy, and literary collaborator.

We published “The December Project: An Extraordinary Rabbi and a Skeptical Seeker Confront Life’s Greatest Mystery” (HarperOne 2014) in March. Three months later, on July 3, at the age of 89, Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi died — and he was ready.

The author and Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. Carl Studna

Nat Hentoff, Pleasures Of A Soloist

Documentary visits a life in jazz (and the ‘Yiddish blues’), out of step.

07/08/2014
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Back in the days when the Village Voice was a must-read paper, “it always made me think of [a] great bar in the Village, and everybody’s … talking about everything under the sun,” recalled Karen Durbin, one of the former editors. “And sometimes an argument” would break out “and sometimes a chorus. You want that conversation at that bar or you’re just a bunch of boring drunks.” One of those at the old Voice who, for more than 50 years, was never boring or afraid of an argument was Nat Hentoff, 89.

Hentoff at his desk. While at the Voice, he helped define the role of an alternative weekly.

Finding Comfort In The ‘Face Of Evil’

White Plains mourns slain Israeli students.

07/08/2014
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The three yahrtzeit candles — one for each of the murdered Israeli teens — stood mute, silhouetted against the serene backdrop of trees visible through the picture windows of Bet Am Shalom Synagogue’s sanctuary, as a poignant reminder of why nearly every one of the 500 seats was occupied.

Yahrtzeit candles for the slain students at memorial service.  Merri Rosenberg/JW
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