It was a New York wedding like all others, and no other. The veil was about to cover the bride’s face, evoking the time Jacob was snookered, expecting Rachel, getting Leah.
“What do you think?” said one guest to another.
About the bride?
His voice was low, conspiratorial. The joy and sport of last year’s campaign (even heated campaigns can be fun) has given way to cold calculation. The guest, who voted for Barack Obama, now feels like Jacob in the dead of night.
What could be older than the Riverdale terrorist plot? It was way back in May that four Islamic men from Newburgh, N.Y., were arrested in the act of planting what they thought were bombs outside two Bronx synagogues. For most of us, the story is in hibernation. The trial is far off. What more is there to write?
There was nothing out of the ordinary on the night of June 11, when Howie Fried escorted Larry Sprung home from the evening minyan at the Bialystoker Synagogue on the Lower East Side's Willet Street.
"He talked about a visit to Atlantic City, and how much he enjoyed the rugelach they served there," said Fried, 44, who often escorted the 86-year-old Sprung on the one-and-a-half block walk from shul to the Amalgamated Houses co-op on Grand Street where they both lived.
A federal appeals court ruling in the civil case of an American teen murdered in Israel is being viewed as a major step forward in the growing courtroom battle against terrorists and their sponsors.
A tribunal of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago last week unanimously upheld the $200 million suit brought by Stanley and Joyce Boim against two U.S.-based Islamic organizations they allege funded the terrorists who killed their son, David, in 1996.
Fate can be fickle when you're a member of Congress caught up in the decennial redistricting process. A few weeks back, Bronx Rep. Eliot Engel was emerging as one of the big losers in the process. Now he' singing the praises of the state Legislature committee that drew the new lines.
"I'm absolutely delighted," said Engel, a six-term veteran. "I'm like a kid again!"
Engel's new district includes 50 percent of his old turf, including his home base of Riverdale, and picks up parts of Westchester as well as three heavily Jewish Rockland towns.
Officials have not properly analyzed potential links among various terror incidents in New York, including two foiled bomb plots and the first deadly attack on the World Trade Center, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told The Jewish Week.
"I don't think we've done the kind of sufficient examination which these types of events warranted to see how closely tied together they are," said Kelly, who was top cop here from 1992-94, when some of the incidents took place.
A fugitive terrorist's boast that Brooklyn Jewish neighborhoods were targeted for attack as far back as 1993 has caused shockwaves here, with a major group issuing a security alert and politicians calling for public funds to beef up security at schools.
"People are confident but concerned," said Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. "There is no panic, but people know they have to be more careful, there have to be security measures."
A powerful assemblyman in Williamsburg says he'll block state funding for a badly needed housing development if it contains too many subsidized apartments earmarked for chasidim, or if Latino leaders are denied input on the project.
"I can't support something that doesn't reflect the housing needs of the community that I represent," said Vito Lopez, chair of the Assembly's Housing Committee, who has often been at odds with chasidic leaders on housing issues in the overcrowded Brooklyn neighborhood.
She could have been a contender. And as a Jewish woman from upstate, she might have made history running with a downstate African-American man.
But at last week's Democratic state convention, Sandra Frankel yielded to pressure from the gubernatorial campaign of H. Carl McCall and bowed out of the race for lieutenant governor.
Her withdrawal paved the way for Westchester millionaire Dennis Mehiel to overwhelmingly win the party's designation, later to join forces with McCall as his running mate.
Months after a chasidic organization won control of a sprawling new housing development in Williamsburg, in a deal completed in the final hours of the Giuliani administration, a rival Hispanic group is stepping up efforts to get a piece of the action.
Hispanic leaders say the deal to develop the former Schaefer Brewery site leaves them with no input over who will benefit from one of the largest allocations of low-income housing in the overcrowded area.