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Gov’t Pokes Holes In Reimer’s Story

08/21/1998
Staff Writer
He buttoned his sweater, straightened his cuffs, took a gulp of bottled water, glanced around the courtroom and began to explain why, after 46 years in the United States, he should not lose his citizenship. “I didn’t do anything to anybody,” Jack Reimer said.

Gov’t Pokes Holes In Reimer’s Story

08/21/1998
Staff Writer
He buttoned his sweater, straightened his cuffs, took a gulp of bottled water, glanced around the courtroom and began to explain why, after 46 years in the United States, he should not lose his citizenship. “I didn’t do anything to anybody,” Jack Reimer said.

‘You Can’t Live In Fear’

08/20/1999
Staff Writer
Her two small children in tow, a 30-ish mother walked out of the Central Queens Y and down the front stairs this week. A few steps away on 108th Street, her children, who had spent the morning at the Forest Hills Y’s nursery program, announced that they were hungry. Mom gave them a few dollar bills to buy snacks from a machine in the Y front lobby. The kids raced back up the stairs; their mother trailed behind, watching them the whole way. “I never let them out of my sight — always,” she declared.

Jews Disagree On Lessons From Colorado Killings

04/30/1999
Staff Writer
The murder of a dozen high school students and one teacher by two classmates in Colorado forced the Jewish community once again to find a balance between its support for civil liberties and desire to put its religious values in the cultural marketplace. The killings were committed by Dylan Klebold, who had Jewish lineage, and Eric Harris, both of whom were reportedly influenced by neo-Nazi ideology and carried out their yearlong designs on Hitler’s birthday, April 20.

Going Through Hoops

01/22/1999
Staff Writer
Even by Tamir Goodman’s standards it has been an unusual two weeks. There’s the all-day studies at a Baltimore yeshiva, some basketball after school, homework and Gemara review — and the interviews with CBS Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN and all the local TV stations. Goodman, a 17-year-old bochur, is becoming a basketball star.

Pope Leaves, Scandals Remain

03/31/2000
Staff Writer
With John Paul II’s departure, Israel’s attention turned this week to Bibi, Yossi and Yosef. Following the historic Holy Land pilgrimage of the Pope, which dominated the country’s headlines for a week, two political scandals took center stage — pending corruption charges against former Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu, and a possible investigation of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef for an “incitement” attack on Education Minister Yossi Sarid.

‘Precious Human Being’

10/08/1999
Staff Writer
It was another in the endless series of calls that Ted Arison received, asking for a handout. The person on the phone a few years ago wanted a sizable sum, as he had in the past. Mr. Arison gave the full amount. “Why don’t you simply say, ‘No! That’s enough!’?” Maks Birnbach asked his old friend. “He could not say no,” Birnbach says of Mr. Arison, who died last week of a heart attack in his Tel Aviv home.

‘Nothing Islamic About Bombing’

08/28/1998
Staff Writer
Followers of Islam who kill civilians in the name of their faith, as the bombers of the U.S. embassies in Africa are suspected of doing, distort the literal words and interpreted meaning of the Koran, experts on Islam say. The experts contacted by The Jewish Week, both Jewish and Muslim, point to the Koranic verse, “If you take an individual’s life, it is as if you have killed humanity.” The verse is similar to one in the Talmud.

Bridges To The 21st Century

05/01/1998
Staff Writer
Repairing A House Divided Called too pluralistic by the right and too Jewish by the left, Rabbi Mordechai Gafni carries on his crusade to get the secular and religious talking to one another. Steve Lipman Staff Writer

In Their Own Words

05/01/1998
Staff Writers
We hereby proclaim the establishment of the Jewish State in Palestine, to be called Medinat Yisrael. With trust in the Rock of Israel, we set our hand to this Declaration, at this session of the Provisional State Council, on the soil of the homeland, in the city of Tel-Aviv, on this Sabbath eve, the fifth of Iyar, 5708, the fourteenth of May, 1948.” — David Ben-Gurion, reading Proclamation of Independence, May 14, 1948 “The people are profoundly happy. And I am filled with foreboding. I feel like the bereaved among the rejoicing.”
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