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RCA Seen Caving On Conversions

02/27/2008
Staff Writer
Israel’s Chief Rabbinate this week announced details of an unprecedented power-sharing agreement with the main association of Orthodox rabbis in the U.S., in a deal that will determine how Orthodox conversions to Judaism here take place.

Opening The Closet Doors

03/30/2007
Staff Writer
As a rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in the 1990s, Carie Carter was plagued by a feeling that she was “hiding, denying something.” Rabbi Carter spent many years struggling with her sexual orientation before finally realizing she was a lesbian. Once she did, she struggled over whether she should keep it a secret to remain in rabbinnical school. Only now, with the announcement this week that the Conservative seminary will ordain openly gay rabbis, is she willing to have her sexual orientation discussed in print.

100 Years Of The Rebbe

03/01/2002
Associate Editor

In 1902, on the 11th of Nisan, in the Ukrainian village of Nikolaev, Chana Schneerson, the mother of newborn Menachem Mendel, the future and seventh Lubavitcher rebbe, receives a telegram from her cousin, the fifth rebbe, Sholom Dov Ber. Before feeding the baby, he writes, she should ritually wash her hands as if before meals or prayer. When the baby cries, his parents, by candlelight, pour water over his little hands and into a small basin by his cradle.

Israeli In Kings’ Court

07/03/2009
Staff Writer
Omri Casspi, member of Israeli championship basketball teams and winner of several individual awards, can easily cite the highlight of his athletic career. It happened at 4:44 a.m., Israeli time, last Friday. That’s when National Basketball Association Commissioner David Stern announced that Casspi was the Sacramento Kings’ first-round choice in the league’s 2009 draft.

The New Jewish Self-Hatred

01/30/2008
Staff Writer
Suddenly, hate crimes are coming with a surprising, punch-to-the-solar-plexus twist. In September, according to police, Ivaylo Ivanov defaced synagogues and apartment buildings on his quiet Brooklyn Heights street with swastikas. And he seemed to be preparing to do even more, presumably targeting Jews with the pipe bombs, crossbow and sniper rifle that were discovered in his apartment earlier this month. The armaments were found alongside a flier bearing a large swastika saying "Kill All Jews. Israel Land of Pigs, Die, Die, Die."

Do Kids Of Interfaith Families Choose Judaism?

05/04/2001
Staff Writer
Two new surveys are shedding light on the religious lives of interfaith families and their children, but what kind of light depends on which side of the intermarriage debate you’re on. An American Jewish Committee-sponsored survey found that the great majority of mixed-married households that identify as Jewish incorporate substantial Christian celebrations into their family lives, compared to only a tiny proportion of inmarried families.

Taxing Situation For Teaneck Yeshiva

10/08/1999
Associate Editor

To walk through certain Teaneck neighborhoods on Shabbat is to think that everyone is Orthodox. Nary a car disturbs the serenity of curving, tree-lined streets and private homes. Synagogues are standing-room only.

Surprise JTS Choice Signals New Openness

04/14/2006
Staff Writer
Arnold M. Eisen has 15 months before he starts his new job as chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, but even on the day the appointment was announced, he was making significant changes at the Conservative movement’s flagship institution.
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