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‘The Hidden Holocaust’

04/22/2005
Staff Writer
“Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” Adolf Hitler, to his generals, before the invasion of Poland in 1939 In the coming days, a people nearly annihilated during the last century will pause to remember its losses.

Armenia’s Jewish Hero

04/22/2005
Staff Writer
The recent $20 million settlement between a major American insurance firm and the heirs of Armenian policyholders killed in the Armenian Genocide had its genesis, indirectly, in the memoirs written nearly 90 years ago by a Jewish-American diplomat. Henry Morgenthau Sr., the German native who served as U.S. ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during World War I, wrote in 1918 in “Ambassador Morgenthau’s Story” about an exchange with Talaat Pasha, Turkey’s Interior Minister and an architect of the Genocide.

Seder Ethiopian Style

04/22/2005
Staff Writer
In Bizu, Riki Mullu’s village in the Gondar region of Ethiopia, Jews would bless each other with the greeting Enkwan bessalam adarressachew on the first night of Passover. It means, in Amharic, “Good God brought you to this time.” Some Ethiopian Jews, including Mullu, and some American Jews will exchange the greeting Saturday night. Chassida-Shmella, an Ethiopian Jewish organization that Mullu formed in New York a year ago, will sponsor what it calls “the first annual Ethiopian-Israeli seder” in a classroom on the Upper West Side.

TABC Mock Trial Team Already Winner

04/14/2005
Staff Writer
The students on the mock trial team of Teaneck’s Torah Academy of Bergen County, who won the New Jersey Mock Trial Championship last month, won their biggest decision last week — they’ll be able to compete in the national championship in May. This time, they didn’t argue their own case. The finals of the National High School Mock Trial Championship were to be held Saturday, May 7, in Charlotte, N.C. The members of the Modern Orthodox day school team could not compete, if they progressed that far, because of Shabbat.

Y Be Jewish?

04/14/2005
Staff Writer
About three dozen young Jews will meet at a French restaurant in downtown Toronto the first Monday evening in June. Over dinner, for several hours, they will discuss some issues of current Jewish life. Very few, if any, of the participants in the Jewish salon belong to a synagogue or any other Jewish organization.

Saul Bellow Dies At 89; Called A Literary Giant

04/08/2005
Staff Writer
Saul Bellow, the son of Russian Jewish emigres who became the most prominent member of a generation of Jewish-American writers to emerge from World War II, was remembered this week as a literary giant who did not want to be bound by the tag of Jewish writer. Mr. Bellow, often regarded as a “novelist of ideas” for the big themes he tackled, died Tuesday at home in Brookline, Mass. He was 89.

The Pope With A Jewish Heart

04/08/2005
Staff Writer
Shortly after a little-known cardinal from Poland was elected spiritual head of the Catholic Church in 1978, Rabbi Arthur Schneier received a call from a network television correspondent asking for comment. The correspondent, who “equated Poles with anti-Semitism,” assumed that Rabbi Schneier, a Holocaust survivor and president of the Manhattan-based Appeal of Conscience Foundation, an ecumenical human rights organization, would comment negatively on the new pope, the rabbi recalls.

The Pope’s Jewish Knight

04/08/2005
Staff Writer
Last week, a rare manuscript of one of Maimonides’ major works returned from an exhibition in Germany to its home in the Vatican Library. According to the library’s procedures, two years must pass before one of its loaned artifacts is allowed outside again. In September, the Maimonides manuscript, written by a scribe in the 15th century, will go on display in Jerusalem.

The Jewish Critique

04/08/2005
Staff Writer
Judging by the statements and press releases issued on the letterheads of Jewish organizations following the death of Pope John Paul II, most of the Jewish community agreed that the pontiff made unprecedented contributions to Jewish-Catholic relations. Jewish spokesmen cited the Vatican’s establishment of diplomatic relations with Israel, the pope’s condemnation of anti-Semitism as a “sin against God” and his general sensitivity to Jewish concerns.

Tradition Lives As Bobover Rebbe Dies

04/01/2005
Staff Writer
The day after the death of Rabbi Naftuli Halberstam, rebbe of the Bobov chasidim, his half-brother Benzion sat at the Bobover rebbe’s designated place of honor — the raised platform in the middle of the sanctuary — for the Megillah reading at the central Bobov synagogue in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn.
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