Jerusalem’s Ben Yehuda mall came to Manhattan for a day last Sunday and the results were profitable, and inspiring.
More than 5,000 people streamed into Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun on the Upper East Side to show their support for Israel by buying virtually everything on sale, and then some, from at least seven Israeli vendors who were flown over for the occasion by the congregation.
Whether or not Rabbi Baruch Lanner is convicted of sexually assaulting two former female students, leaders of the Orthodox Union — his employer for three decades — assert the rabbi has a long history as an abuser of teens and is not qualified to work with young people.
His trial is set to start this week in Monmouth County, N.J., and could last several weeks. Rabbi Lanner faces up to 33 years in jail if convicted on all six counts — two each for aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child.
In a miracle more akin to Chanukah than Passover, the Borough Park shmurah matzah factory that apparently was destroyed by fire last week has found enough remaining flour untouched by firefightersí water, and enough of a safe physical structure, to resume baking less than two weeks before the seder.
When Norman Mailer set out to write about Marilyn Monroe, he kept a bottle of her perfume, open, on his desk, a writerís stimulant.Ashley Lazarus, director and co-producer of the new film ìRashi: A Light After The Dark Ages,î opens any Chumash and there he is, Rashi, a fragrance still wafting through Jewish life from almost a millennium away. Lazarus, a South African ÈmigrÈ, studies Rashi with a blind rabbi who fingertips the Torah in Braille. Lazarus reads Rashi aloud and the blind can see.
God may be invisible but his fingerprints are all over the news, particularly all over the old Berlin Wall. Like the Ninth of Av, which commemorates a chain of sadness, all linked, from the desert Jews to Roman times, the Ninth of November, when the Wall fell, is accumulating a mighty share of coincidence all its own.
Twenty years after Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, a prominent American rabbi, predicted that the growing ideological rift among traditional and liberal Jewish movements would cause an irrevocable split in religious life, the denominational wars have subsided.
Twenty years after Irving “Yitz” Greenberg, a prominent American rabbi, predicted that the growing ideological rift among traditional and liberal Jewish movements would cause an irrevocable split in religious life, the denominational wars have subsided.But in a new report commissioned by the American Jewish Committee, to be released next week at the group’s annual meeting in Washington, an expert warns that key religious issues have been papered over rather than resolved — and just under the surface remain certain to flare up anew.
In late February, Joel Sprayregen, a national Jewish lay leader, briefly met New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer at an American Jewish Committee dinner in Chicago. Sprayregen, a Chicago attorney and honorary national vice chairman of the Anti-Defamation League, recalled that when he told Spitzer he was glad to have learned that the attorney general’s office was investigating the World Jewish Congress, “the attorney general replied, in effect, that to call it an investigation would be an overstatement.”
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