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Day School Enrollment Boom Detailed

Associate Editor

Providing perhaps the most compelling evidence to date of the Jewish community's growing embrace of the day school movement, a national census reveals that non-Orthodox parents are enrolling their children in unprecedented numbers, though eight in 10 students are still Orthodox.

The Big Picture On Intermarriage

Staff Writer

Sometimes, said Sherlock Holmes, the greatest evidence can be what you donít see, what you donít hear ó the dog that doesnít bark. Thatís why the most illuminating item of the week actually has nothing in it about Jews or by Jews.

Itís an article about Denzel Washington, star of the new movie, ìThe Hurricane.î Off screen, says Newsweek (Jan. 10), ìDenzel Washington is grounded.

God, You've Got Mail

Associate Editor

In the midnight hour, a chasid sitting in Shlomo Carlebachís parlor told his master that he just couldnít sleep. ìHey brother,î commiserated Reb Shlomo, ìthe holy King David never had a good nightís sleep in his life.

In old Jerusalem, a north wind blew through the palace window of the rebbe-king, plucking the strings of Davidís lyre as it hung by his bed, waking the son of Yishai, who wrote Psalms to the music of the breeze.

Backlash Brewing Against State Tests

Associate Editor

A backlash against the nationwide trend toward stricter standardized testing is beginning to build within a small but influential group of Jewish day schools.

Karaites, Come Home

Staff Writer

In the dim Hopper light of Israelís dusk, the moon rises over Arad. Yitzchak Sergani looks at his watch. It is exactly 5 p.m., Jan. 7. Five minutes later, the moon is seen in Ofakim. Eight minutes later, it is above Maíale Adumim. Twenty-seven minutes later, heavy clouds part over Ashdod and Magdi Shmuel sees the moon. He watches the white aureole, the holiness of it. The night was a like a Genesis verse, God placing lights in the firmament to be a sign unto the seasons.

Tender Is The Fight

Staff Writer

Has there ever been a more reluctant, gentle revolutionary than Blu Greenberg? For 30 years she has personified Orthodox feminism, and perhaps it is her very reluctance, her very tenderness to the tradition that has eased Orthodox minds and made possible Orthodox feminismís ìvelvet revolution,î to use Vaclav Havelís phrase.

A Cancerous Rhetoric

Staff Writer

Letís play ìWho Wants To Be An Anti-Semitic Millionaire.î Last week, a world-famous person called attempts to ìJudaizeî Jerusalem a cancer and received a pledge of $42 million to fight it. Letís see, was it Louis Farrakhan? Holocaust denier (diminisher, actually) David Irving? Syriaís Assad? Austriaís Joerg Haider? So many bad people to choose from. Answer and details below.

Call To Throw Book At Ahmadinejad

Staff Writer
Historians often question how clear signals from people who are about to commit acts of barbarity could have been missed. The question now facing the world, said America’s outgoing United Nations ambassador, John Bolton, is whether the threats of Iran’s president constitute “one of those historic moments.” Mahmoud Ahmadinejad “has made statements denying the Holocaust and he has said Israel should be wiped off the map,” Bolton told a gathering of Jewish leaders and lawmakers here.

Rabbis Consider Workplace Certification

Staff Writer
Saying the eating of kosher food is a “religious obligation,” the Conservative movement revealed this week that it has established a commission to investigate reports of unsafe working conditions at the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant.

Epstein: ‘Rethink’ Ban On ‘Patrilineal’ Kids

Staff Writer
Saying that children of non-Jewish mothers would benefit from a Jewish day school education, a Conservative leader has proposed that such children be admitted to the movement’s Solomon Schechter Day Schools with the understanding that they are expected to eventually convert to Judaism.
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