In a widely disseminated error by news outlets and bloggers, Joshua Fattal, 27, currently a captive in Iran, is being confused with Joshua Fattal, a teenaged local yeshiva student who has written two articles for Fresh Ink, the high school supplement of The Jewish Week.
The case of mistaken identity has led to speculation that the older Fattal may be charged with being a “Zionist” spy.
Newspapers famously cover accidents, or celebrity couples, rather than airplanes landing safely, or the news that somewhere a lonely heart was kissed. But this was a year when newspapers from The Wall Street Journal to tabloids covered the sun coming up — on April 8, an ordinary sunrise, no less or more glorious than any other — simply because we endowed that dawn with our “Blessing of the Sun.” So let us keep sanctifying simple gifts.
During Ronald Reagan’s administration, and particularly during the presidency of George W. Bush, the influence of “neoconservatives” — the ideological students of Irving Kristol — was so influential and controversial as to be passionately damned by both the left and the Patrick Buchanan right. The neocons were charged with pushing America into the Iraq war, not only for America’s sake but for Israel’s.
David Landau: Crude language over the top, or well placed?
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Israelis are known for being direct and blunt. But comments made by David Landau, editor of the Israeli daily, Haaretz, to Condoleezza Rice about Israel needing to be “raped” by the U.S. to achieve a Mideast settlement caused quite a stir among the 20 or so attendees at a confidential briefing with the secretary of state on a recent visit to Israel.
Two groups of rabbis were scheduled to converge on police headquarters this week, and if all goes as planned, one group will be arrested while the other is escorted inside to meet with the commissioner.
The events point out the divergent paths taken by segments of the Jewish community as it grapples with the police shooting of an unarmed West African immigrant, and how best to respond.
The services and readings at Monday's interfaith seder at City College were laden with symbolism and meaning. But for 16-year-old Nicholas Jones, there was nothing more metaphoric than the matzah on his plate.
"We are all eating the same flat bread," said Jones, a student at the Manhattan Center for Mathematics and Science in Harlem. "No matter what color we are or what race. It shows that if we all joined together, the world would be a better place."
Forget kabbalistic gurus, feminist authors and Orthodox revivalists. The hottest speaker on the national Jewish lecture circuit this year may be a Roman Catholic Republican from New York.
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is racking up Jewish appearances in major cities as he crosses the nation to raise his national profile.
"We are getting requests from all over the country," said Bruce Teitelbaum, director of the mayor's political action committee, Solutions America, citing recent and upcoming events in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Miami.
There were no political speeches given or placards raised among tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox who huddled under umbrellas Sunday in Lower Manhattan.
There was only the steady hum and slow sway of men and women separately at prayer, calling upon God through the Psalms to right what they see as the wrongs of Israel: its people and its government.
"Redeem Israel from all its iniquities," the crowd, estimated at 20,000 to 50,000, beseeched through the recitation of Psalm 130. "If you should take account of iniquities, my Master, who would survive?"