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Anti-Semitism Up Slightly

03/25/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States rose slightly in 1998, with a 2 percent increase from the previous year, according to the latest audit compiled by the Anti-Defamation League. The annual report attributes the rise to an increase in vandalism against Jewish institutions and property, which drove the total number of incidents to 1,611 in 42 states and the district of Columbia. In 1997, there were 1,571 incidents recorded. New York continues to lead the nation in anti-Semitic incidents, despite a 15 percent decrease to 324 incidents from 380 in 1997.

Judge Lashes Out At Orthodox Community In Sex-Abuse Case; Says It Protects Abusers, Not Victims

 
With his stinging critique, Judge Guston Reichbach placed himself at the center of a fierce debate in the Orthodox community over how best to police th
10/01/2009 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

At the sentencing Tuesday of a bar mitzvah tutor and social worker convicted of sexually molesting two boys in Brooklyn, a New York State Supreme Court Judge lashed out at the offender’s Orthodox community for “a communal attitude that seems to impose greater opprobrium on the victims than the perpetrator.”

For Sloppy Bloggers, A Fattal Error

08/17/2009 - 20:00
Associate Editor

In a widely disseminated error by news outlets and bloggers, Joshua Fattal, 27, currently a captive in Iran, is being confused with Joshua Fattal, a teenaged local yeshiva student who has written two articles for Fresh Ink, the high school supplement of The Jewish Week.

The case of mistaken identity has led to speculation that the older Fattal may be charged with being a “Zionist” spy.

The End Of Hebron, 1929

08/17/2009 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Israel’s summer has offered a thunderclap of ominous words — “Judenrein,” “ethnic cleansing,” the fears of 1939, 1929, and 2009 entwined in a cyclonic vortex of memories and fear.

A Season’s Simple Gifts

09/14/2009 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Newspapers famously cover accidents, or celebrity couples, rather than airplanes landing safely, or the news that somewhere a lonely heart was kissed. But this was a year when newspapers from The Wall Street Journal to tabloids covered the sun coming up — on April 8, an ordinary sunrise, no less or more glorious than any other — simply because we endowed that dawn with our “Blessing of the Sun.” So let us keep sanctifying simple gifts.

Irving Kristol, Defender Of The Faith

09/21/2009 - 20:00
Associate Editor

During Ronald Reagan’s administration, and particularly during the presidency of George W. Bush, the influence of “neoconservatives” — the ideological students of Irving Kristol — was so influential and controversial as to be passionately damned by both the left and the Patrick Buchanan right. The neocons were charged with pushing America into the Iraq war, not only for America’s sake but for Israel’s.

Jews Breaking Silence On Diallo Shooting

03/25/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Two groups of rabbis were scheduled to converge on police headquarters this week, and if all goes as planned, one group will be arrested while the other is escorted inside to meet with the commissioner. The events point out the divergent paths taken by segments of the Jewish community as it grapples with the police shooting of an unarmed West African immigrant, and how best to respond.

'Tonight We Have Crossed Boundaries'

03/18/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
The services and readings at Monday's interfaith seder at City College were laden with symbolism and meaning. But for 16-year-old Nicholas Jones, there was nothing more metaphoric than the matzah on his plate. "We are all eating the same flat bread," said Jones, a student at the Manhattan Center for Mathematics and Science in Harlem. "No matter what color we are or what race. It shows that if we all joined together, the world would be a better place."

Rudy's Hot On Jewish Dinner Circuit

03/04/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
Forget kabbalistic gurus, feminist authors and Orthodox revivalists. The hottest speaker on the national Jewish lecture circuit this year may be a Roman Catholic Republican from New York. Mayor Rudolph Giuliani is racking up Jewish appearances in major cities as he crosses the nation to raise his national profile. "We are getting requests from all over the country," said Bruce Teitelbaum, director of the mayor's political action committee, Solutions America, citing recent and upcoming events in New Jersey, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Miami.

Haredi Rally Is Quiet Protest

03/04/1999 - 19:00
Staff Writer
There were no political speeches given or placards raised among tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox who huddled under umbrellas Sunday in Lower Manhattan. There was only the steady hum and slow sway of men and women separately at prayer, calling upon God through the Psalms to right what they see as the wrongs of Israel: its people and its government. "Redeem Israel from all its iniquities," the crowd, estimated at 20,000 to 50,000, beseeched through the recitation of Psalm 130. "If you should take account of iniquities, my Master, who would survive?"
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