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

10/02/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
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.

Not Everyone Has 'Moved On'

09/04/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Lauren put on her makeup the other day. She dressed appropriately for her meeting, left her apartment, and showed up on time at an office near Greenwich Village. It sounds like an ordinary day. But for Lauren, a 39-year-old artist who lost most of her business on 9-11 and was displaced for several months from her home near the World Trade Center, it was extraordinary.

Power Of Community

08/21/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
New York's Jewish community, like the rest of the city, did not panic when the nation's biggest power blackout struck last week. It went al fresco.

Return To Tegucigalpa

08/21/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The dedication of the new synagogue in Tegucigalpa on Sunday has special significance for one visitor from New York City. Michael Jordan, from Riverdale, who was among a few dozen local volunteers who helped repair the old synagogue's Torah scroll that was damaged in Hurricane Mitch, was in the Honduran capital for a week three years ago for the sefer Torah's rededication. And he was there for a month 19 years ago, after his birth.

For Honduras Shul, A New Beginning

08/21/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A few hours after Shabbat services one Friday night in October of 1998, the heavens over Tegucigalpa opened up. Hurricane Mitch struck Honduras, killing some 7,000 people in the country and flooding the capital. The city's synagogue, one and a half blocks from the Choluteca River was inundated with water; the roof collapsed and walls buckled; one Torah scroll was carried away by the torrent.

The Very Definition Of Hadassah

07/17/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Bernice Tannenbaum's lifetime in Hadassah, highlighted by international meetings with presidents and prime ministers and other heads of state, began with a Hadassah board member's fiat in a Kew Gardens living room.
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