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Divorcing Jewish Couple Ordered To Erect Wall

07/06/2010 - 20:00

 (JTA) — A New York judge has ordered a divorcing Orthodox Jewish couple to split their home with a dividing wall as the proceedings continue.

Superior Court Judge Eric Prus on Thursday ordered Pinchas and Nechama Gold to divide their house in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn in half while they go through their divorce, the New York Post reported.

The couple, who have been married for 21 years and have five children, have two weeks to decide where to place the wall in the 3,000-square-foot home.

Israeli Army To Charge Gaza War Soldiers

07/06/2010 - 20:00

 (JTA) — Israel’s chief army prosecutor will bring charges against some Israeli soldiers for their conduct during the Gaza war.

In one case, an army staff sergeant will be indicted on manslaughter charges for shooting and killing two women near Gaza City.

Elena Kagan, Eye Candy Mentality & Jewish Wisdom

07/06/2010 - 20:00
JInsider

The news surrounding Elena Kagan’s nomination has focused on more than her legal qualifications — her looks have caused a lot of buzz, too. Michael Savage, talk show commentator, said that Kagan “looks like she belongs in a kosher deli.” Another writer questioned, “Why do Janet Napolitano, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan all look like linebackers for the New York Jets?” JInsider wanted to get a Torah perspective on the relative importance of physical appearance from one of our favorite and most thoughtful rabbis, Rabbi Naomi Levy (www.nashuva.com).

Elena Kagan

New Web Resource For Israeli Film Buffs

07/06/2010 - 20:00

When “Ajami,” a collaboration between an Israeli Jew and an Israeli Arab, was nominated for last year’s foreign-language film Academy Award, it marked the third consecutive year that an Israeli film had been among the finalists for the prize. Do the Israelis have a new film that can keep that streak alive?

Thousands of Israeli films — like the critically acclaimed “Ajami” — are catalogued on the new JCC database online.

Birthright Goes To Hebron —Controversially?

07/06/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

 An Australian Birthright trip made what is believed to be an unprecedented stop in Hebron last week complete with a post-visit webcast, raising questions about whether the program has shifted policy on visits to the West Bank.

Participants on a Birthright trip last week discussed their stop at the Cave of Patriarchs in Hebron on a webcast.

Media Watch: The ‘Romance’ Of The Irgun

Some bloggers livid about a gentle memory of Israel’s birth.
07/05/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Even if liquor had as much to do with it as love, all children want to feel that they are the result of a romantic union rather than sleazy circumstance. All the peoples of the world prefer the romantic version of their national birth, as well. And yet, with the intensification of the war on Israel’s legitimacy, comes a related salvo: Israel, alone among the nations, is to be denied the romantic version of its birth; Israel, these critics say, was born in sin — an alien people engaging in terror — and in sin  remains.

Disaffected Synagogue Leaders Push For Change In Young Israel

Reps of 18 synagogues rally support to make national organization ‘more transparent, accountable and responsive.’
07/05/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A group of  disaffected leaders of 18 Young Israel synagogues has begun soliciting support for constitutional changes that they say would make the National Council of Young Israel “more transparent, accountable and responsive to member branches.”

Shaarei Torah Orthodox Congregation of Syracuse

Bringing Bielski Memoir To Print

07/05/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Jerusalem Post recently published a lengthy story about a newly discovered manuscript by Tuvia Bielski, the leader of the Polish Jewish brigade that rescued 1,200 Jews from the Holocaust, the largest such rescue in history. To the public, it was a revelation. But it was not to Jonathan Brent, the director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, which holds the manuscript.  

Robert Bielsky.

Israel Shining Its Light To The Nations

AJC event focuses on Israel’s relief work in Haiti and beyond.
07/05/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Although it probably hadn’t been planned that way, the Westchester American Jewish Committee’s fourth annual “Israel…New Perspectives” gala, focusing on Israel’s humanitarian efforts around the world, offered a particularly timely counter-programming message to the fallout from the Gaza flotilla raid.

Israel’s humanitarian work overseas “transcends policy and diplomacy,” Ambassador Gabriella Shalev told AJC event in Westchester

One Family, Two Faiths, A Multitude Of Questions

Interfaith marriages are hard enough, but a Jewish-Muslim family raising dual-identity children?
07/05/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Her father fled Nazi Germany before World War II, arriving in New York as a refugee; her grandparents and an aunt were murdered at Auschwitz; and another aunt, now 92, somehow survived two years of hiding in Berlin.

His grandfather built a life in India as a renowned Islamic and Persian scholar, a teacher and an imam at the local mosque, and his Muslim family continues to live in South Asia.

With two such markedly different backgrounds, the chances of Helene Lauffer and Muzaffar Chishti meeting, much less falling in love, could be seen as remote by many observers. 

Helene Lauffer and Muzaffar Chishti are hoping their daughter Maryam “examines both sides of her background and synthesizes them
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