Judaism

As Persian Jews Pray for Their Souls On Yom Kippur, They Scope Out Potential Soul Mates

September 28, 2009

Author: Robert Faturechi

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-beliefs28-2009sep28,0,5954540.story

Yom Kippur, the holiest and most somber day of the Jewish calendar, is a time for repentance, traditionally reserved for fasting and intense prayer. But scores of Iranian American Jews in Los Angeles, many of whom congregate in just a handful of synagogues across the city, aren't just looking for...

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Green And Yassky, But Not Opponents, Halt Campaign On Yom Kippur

September 28, 2009

Author: Julie Bosman and Kareem Fahim

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/29/nyregion/29elect.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

City Councilman John C. Liu had a few harsh words on Monday for his opponent in Tuesday’s comptroller race, Councilman David Yassky. Mr. Liu, surrounded by cheering supporters, criticized Mr. Yassky for an advertisement that began running last week, and...

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Austinite Anchored By Two Traditions: Judaism And Buddhism

September 26, 2009

Author: Eileen Flynn

Source: The Austin-American Statesman

http://www.statesman.com/life/content/life/stories/faith/2009/09/26/0926flynn.html

Jordana Raiskin traveled from the Jewish faith of her father to Zen Buddhism and back, not an uncommon journey. There's such a well-worn path between Judaism and Buddhism, people came up with the shorthand Jew-Bu.

But Raiskin's story is not just another example of that...

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At Yom Kippur, Patients Can Find Ready Listener

September 26, 2009

Author: Claudia Feldman

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6639003.html

Mimi Lait marched into the cancer hospital, her makeup fresh and her gray hair swinging. She was there for outpatient care after brain surgery, but her step was light because she was about to meet an old friend.

Hope Lipnick, the best-known Jewish chaplain in the vast Texas Medical Center, greeted Lait with a hug....

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'Jews Only' Inheritance Clause Legal

September 25, 2009

Author: Christopher Wills

Source: The Seattle Times

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2009938455_inherit25.html

Proud of his religion and worried about its future, Chicago dentist Max Feinberg wrote a will with an unusual catch: His grandchildren wouldn't inherit a penny if they married someone who wasn't Jewish.

His decision led to family feuds, lawsuits, counterclaims and, Thursday, a unanimous...

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Brooklyn Family Keeps Latino-Jewish Traditions Alive

September 24, 2009

Author: Dana Rosenblatt

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/wayoflife/09/24/latino.hasid/index.html

Every Friday evening, the Nunez family sits down to a traditional religious dinner.

Like most families in their Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, their Jewish Sabbath meal includes blessings over the wine and bread, the company of family and friends and excellent food.

But for the Nunez family,...

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30+ Prominent Religious Leaders Send Letter Of Support to Obama for Comprehensive Middle East Peace

September 23, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Muslim Public Affairs Council

http://www.mpac.org/article.php?id=910

MPAC leaders joined more than 30 of the nation's most prominent and diverse religious leaders in signing onto a public letter in support of "strong U.S. leadership to achieve a negotiated sustainable resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. In the letter, which was coordinated by Churches for Middle East Peace, the leaders said that the opportunity for a two...

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Afghan Jew a One-Man Upholder Of Tradition

September 20, 2009

Author: Mark Magnier

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-afghan-lastjew20-2009sep20,0,1041843.story

It's not easy representing centuries of Jewish tradition single-handedly. Especially if you're in a war-torn Muslim country. But Zebulon Simantov, who claims to be the last Jew in Afghanistan, is doing his best. 

At the start of this weekend's...

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‘A Bit Of Honey' for Area Jews In Need

September 18, 2009

Author: Claudia Feldman

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/life/religion/6624579.html

Tonight, as 45,000 Jews in the Houston area dip apples into honey and pray for a sweet new year, those hardest hit by the recession and Hurricane Ike can look forward to a little extra sugar.

Just in time for the celebration of Rosh Hashana or the Jewish New Year, two local groups have announced the creation of a $...

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Board Decides to Keep Christmas In Textbooks

September 18, 2009

Author: Gary Scharrer

Source: The Houston Chronicle

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/headline/metro/6624521.html

Christmas will stay in Texas textbooks, State Board of Education members said Thursday while reviewing early recommendations for new social studies standards.

The board will not approve the new curriculum standards for public schools until next year, but wanted to assure constituents they will not accept a...

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Templegoers With a Unique View

September 18, 2009

Author: Samuel G. Freedman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/19/us/19religion.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

After 31 years in the pulpit, after postings from the Mexican border to a New England college town, Rabbi Jonathan Gerard retired in 2007 with the notion of spending more time on his private practice as a family therapist. Then, shortly before Rosh Hashana last fall, a colleague in...

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Imam Urges Muslims to Sign Organ Donor Cards

September 17, 2009

Author: Stuart Laidlaw

Source: The Toronto Star

http://www.thestar.com/living/religion/article/696581

With Ramadan ending in the coming days, Imam Habeeb Alli is making a special point of what he calls the greatest act of charity a Muslim can make during this holy month – signing an organ donor card.

"We cannot ignore this duty to donate our organs," says Alli, secretary of the Canadian Council of Imams.

Throughout the year,...

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Palestinians, Israelis Broke Bread to Commemorate 9/11 Together

September 17, 2009

Author: Judith Sudilovsky

Source: Ecumenical News International

http://www.eni.ch/featured/article.php?id=3369

Indicating a loaf of sweet braided bread on the table, the Muslim man, asked a group of Jews sharing the meal with him: "Why do you eat only this type of bread at the Sabbath meal?" 

Haysam Pakir, a 30-year-old Muslim from Nablus, a Palestinian city in the northern part of the West Bank, was speaking at a dinner...

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