In describing his efforts to root out what he insists is Christian proselytizing in the U.S. military, Air Force veteran Mikey Weinstein recalled a saying of Gov.-elect Eliot Spitzer's: "You don't change the world by whispering."
"My book is a scream to get the world to wake up to what is happening," he said of his book, "With God on Our Side: One Man's War Against an Evangelical Coup in America's Military."
Israelís economy is reeling. Unemployment is high, the state coffers are empty, 3,000 teachers are laid off, and thereís a 30-billion shekel deficit (Haaretz, March 17). Yes, we in America can ìbuy Israeli,î but thatís like throwing pennies in a fountain. Well, we dutifully tell each other, Israel is doing all she can.
About a half-dozen elderly Jews come to the East Concourse Luncheon Club every day by city bus. ìThis is the Waldorf of senior center soup kitchens,î says Ida G., one of the diners. ìThere are places closer to me, but this is excellent, home-cooked, like a mother would cook,î though itís been a long time since anyone has seen their mom.
For 300 years chasidism has been synonymous in the public mind with a fervent Orthodox flamboyance that could find transcendence in everything from a fallen leaf to a Yom Kippur whistle. At a three-day conference last week in Manhattan, a ìneo-chasidic flagî was planted in the Jewish landscape, with more than 200 fervently liberal Jews staking a claim to chasidismís mysticism and passion, shamanism and eros, authenticity and defiance.
They called it the next great trend in Jewish spirituality.
It may well be the most exquisite moment on television this season, and the most simple. Alone on a bare stage, before a live audience, Rabbi Irwin Kula, shaggy haired and without a tie, sings the transcripts of telephone calls from the doomed of 9-11 using the bittersweet melody of Tisha bíAvís Lamentations.
Looking at his papers as if they were a prayer, Rabbi Kula softly chants, ìHoney, something terrible is happening. I donít think Iím going to make it. I love you, take care of the children.î
National Public Radio has no trouble seeing right and wrong in dozens of other issues, but when it comes to Israel, NPR gave both Palestinian and Israeli historians ìan opportunity to explain how they see it differently.î
For its series last fall on ìMorning Edition,î ìThe Mideast: A Century of Conflict,î researched and reported by veteran NPR News correspondent Mike Shuster, that approach earned the Lowell Thomas Award from the Overseas Press Club.
Khaled J., leaning against a wall in the gloomy light of the Bronx County Courthouse, says he has nothing against Jews.
ìI used to work for Jews, at Main Event,î a kosher pizza place in Riverdale. ìI made your falafel, your kosher pizza. We never had trouble. That was before.î Before this war started in the fall of 2000. ìMy nephew, heís on trial for who he is.î
Twelve Israelis were killed, and dozens injured, in five suicide bombings in 48 hours starting Saturday night with an attack in Hebron. The bombings, which began just after the release of the ìroad mapî for Israel-Palestinian peace, also occurred in the Jerusalem neighborhood of French Hill and on Monday at a mall in the northern town of Afula.
Here are some of the stories of the victims, compiled from the Israeli papers and the Israeli government.
Last yearís Salute to Israel Parade sparked a furor when The New York Times ran a photograph of an anti-Israel placard amid the thousands of Israel supporters ó a posed shot for which the Times later clarified as a mischaracterization of the rally.
For this yearís salute, starting at 11 a.m. Sunday, the parade committee is trying to ensure the focus stays on Israel support rather than a pocket of protesters.