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Rabbi Walter Wurzburger, 82

04/25/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Rabbi Walter Wurzburger, a philosopher, college teacher, pulpit rabbi, and leader of interfaith and intrafaith activities, died April 16 at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He was 82. Rabbi Wurzburger lived in Lawrence, L.I., where he retired as spiritual leader of Congregation Shaaray Tefila in 1994.

Comic Coexistence

04/25/2002 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The stand-up comic was doing his routine at a Long Island temple one recent Sunday afternoon, but his material wasn't routine for the folks in The Community Synagogue in Port Washington. Ahmed Ahmed was talking about racial profiling, about the suspicious questions of security personnel at airports ... about life in the United States since 9-11 as an Arab. As an Arab American, to be accurate. "I was a little bit nervous before coming here," said Ahmed, 31.

The Trusted Outsider

04/22/1999 - 20:00
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Rabbi Hertz Frankel, a Galitzianer by birth and Litvak by training, has served as administrator and spokesman for the Satmar chasidim for four decades. As the highest-ranking non-Satmar in a group whose doors are usually closed to outsiders, he has served as interpreter at communal functions and liaison with public officials. But until his guilty plea in the public schools fund-diversion scheme made the front page of The New York Times last week, he was probably better known in some foreign corridors of power than in most parts of New York City outside of Williamsburg.

Suspicious Fire Strikes New Shul

10/23/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
On the day before Rosh HaShanah last month, the newest synagogue in Far Rockaway was dedicated. Two members of the building committee of Agudath Israel of Bayswater affixed a mezuzah in a bronze case to the front door, Rabbi Menachem Feifer said some words of Torah, and nearly 200 members of the Jewish community sang and danced in joy. The event culminated a three-year fund-raising campaign for the synagogue, whose members had been meeting for a decade in members' homes and rented space in the Queens neighborhood. This week they have to start over.

Rabbi Ephraim Oshry, 89; Wrote Holocaust Responsa

10/09/2003 - 20:00
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At 19, Rabbi Ephraim Oshry wrote a book on Talmud. He was recognized as a posek, an expert on Jewish law, in Kovno, the second-largest city in Lithuania. Within a decade, his knowledge would be tested in a way he never foresaw. During the three years of German occupation, as one of the few remaining rabbis in the Kovno ghetto, he would answer questions that had life-and-death implications: Was suicide permissible? Could a woman who had become pregnant in the ghetto undergo an abortion? Could a Caesarean section be performed on a dead woman?

Edward Said, 67, Columbia Professor Recalled As 'Cultured' Israel Critic

10/02/2003 - 20:00
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Rabbi Charles Sheer doesn't recall many details about a program sponsored by a Jewish organization that he attended at Columbia University about 20 years ago: its date or location or theme. But he remembers that Edward Said was one of the panelists. "He said that after the Holocaust, Jews didn't have a place to go to other than their [spiritual] homeland," Rabbi Sheer recalled. "He said he understood the need for a homeland."

Sounds Of Repentance

09/25/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Note: The Ten Days of Repentance begin in the weeks and months beforehand, as members of the Jewish community prepare themselves spiritually for the period of introspection, and communal leaders focus on their individual responsibilities. In this week's issue and next week we focus, through the eyes of five individuals, on some of the most prominent features of the High Holy Days: shofar blowing, the tashlich ceremony, the sermon, prayer and repentance. No one had pressed the emergency buzzer, but a nurse came rushing into the hospital room. She had a worried look on her face.

A Different Kind Of Vision

09/18/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The publisher wanted a suggestion for the cover of a forthcoming book with a religious theme. The publisher turned to the book's author, Rabbi Dennis Shulman. Think of Rodin's "Hand of God," said Rabbi Shulman. iUniverse, the publisher, liked the suggestion.

Mmm, Mmm Kosher!

09/18/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Oreos. M&M's. These are some of America's favorite sweets that have come under kosher certification in recent years. It's not just desserts. Campbell's Soup, one of the oldest and most noted food manufacturers in the country (remember Andy Warhol's famous prints?) announced this week that its condensed Vegetarian Vegetable Soup is now certified kosher by the Orthodox Union.

In New Year, A Last Chance

09/04/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
On a small table on the bima, across from a locked Torah ark, next to an English-Hebrew chumash, lies an Ezras Torah Luach for 5763, the Jewish year that ends this month. The palm-sized luach booklet is a synagogue's annual guide to Torah readings, candle-lighting times and other religious details. Jason Rosenberger hopes he'll need one for 5764.
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