Jewish Candidate For Governor Sees An Opportunity

10/11/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

In his words, he hasn't bumped his head and awakened with the idea that he's actually going to be the next governor.

But as the Republican and Conservative Party candidate, Carl Paladino seems to be alienating mainstream voters, and even a few on the conservative right, with his strong anti-gay rhetoric, Warren Redlich sees an opportunity.

Israel On Pace To Set Tourism Mark

10/11/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Israel is ahead of its record pace for tourism in a year. Some 2.5 million tourists have visited Israel since the beginning of 2010, according to figures kept by the nation's Central Bureau of Statistics. The figure is 9 percent more than in 2008, which was the record tourism year in Israel, and a 27 percent increase over the same period last year.
According to the bureau, 22,300 tourists visited Israel on cruise ships, double the number visiting in September 2009 and three times more than in 2008.

Borscht Belt’s Joey Russell Dies At 90

10/11/2010 - 20:00

Joey Russell, a Borscht Belt comedian who worked the nightclub circuit with some of the era’s biggest names and established a career as a TV clown in Connecticut, where he lived most of his life, died Sept. 25 in Milford. He was 90.

Orthodox, Reform Groups Back Pollard

10/11/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Orthodox and Reform Jewish groups are backing a letter circulating in the House of Representatives asking President Obama to extend clemency to Jonathan Pollard.
Pollard, a former civilian intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy, has been serving a life sentence since 1985 for passing classified information to Israel.
U.S. Reps. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), Bill Pascrell (D- N.J.), Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) and Anthony Weiner (D- N.Y.) are circulating the letter among their colleagues and plan to submit it to Obama in the coming days.

Paladino’s Trusted Adviser Is Conservative Firebrand

Rabbi Yehuda Levin’s access to a major-party candidate raised eyebrows in the Jewish community.
10/11/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Editor's Note: This story was updated on Oct. 13 to reflect Rabbi Levin's declaration that he is no longer supporting Paladino.

After Rabbi Yehuda Levin introduced Carl Paladino, in glowing terms, to a few dozen Orthodox Jews gathered in Rabbi Levin’s Flatbush synagogue on Sept. 21, the Republican candidate for governor, impressed with the oratory, decided to open with a joke.

“Michael,” he said with a nod toward his campaign spokesperson, Michael Caputo. “You’re fired.”

Rabbi Yehuda Levin, center, i ntroduces Republican Carl Paladino,

Implications Of Riverdale Case Unclear

As jury deliberates on the ‘Newburgh Four’ experts say that whatever the verdict, the FBI will likely continue employing similar tactics in terror surveillance.
10/11/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In their deliberations on the four men accused of trying to bomb Riverdale synagogues in May 2009 and shoot down military planes at the Air National Guard base in upstate Newburgh, the jury honed in on the defense contention that the men were entrapped by an aggressive informant.

Riverdale Temple was one of two Riverdale synagogues targeted in a bomb plot in May.

Between Pride And Prejudice

Orthodox leaders say they are trying to affirm their opposition to gay-bashing and bullying without seeming to accept homosexual behavior.
10/11/2010 - 20:00

When the Republican candidate for New York governor, Carl Paladino, addressed an Orthodox crowd on Sunday about his opposition to gay pride parades and how children shouldn’t be “brainwashed” into thinking being homosexual is OK, he clearly thought he’d find a receptive audience.

He was right.

Orthodox viewpoints on homosexuality are derived from the Torah, which is clear in its condemnation of male gay sex, and Orthodox leaders almost uniformly oppose celebrating gay identity.

Painting Sarah

The First Mother maintains her hold on the Jewish imagination.
10/11/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

What were the first words in the Bible spoken by a Jew?

Was it about monotheism, social justice, the sanctity of land, peace or peoplehood?

Not even close. The first Jewish quote, attributed to Abraham, was about the sexual allure of his wife, Sarah, a woman so magnetic that men would murder just to have her.

“I can that see you’re so beautiful,” says Abraham.

Several millennia later, Sarah is still compelling.

Hate Church Targets Jews, Gays Here

A family of Westboro Baptists spark angry confrontation in Brooklyn as Supreme Court case looms.
10/11/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Members of a Kansas church whose confrontational tactics have placed them at the center of a Supreme Court case testing the limits of free speech came to New York unbowed on Monday, targeting Jews and gays at a series of locations.

Westboro church members demonstrate in Washington, DC (JTA)

In Search of the Jewish Zeitgeist

10/11/2010 - 20:00

Zeitgeist is “the spirit of the times,” a sense of the direction and mood of an era. Tina Brown, premiere commentator and editor, reflected last week on the current state of America’s Zeitgeist and what we want to read and consume:

Rob Eshman
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