Judaism

'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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A Synagogue Despairs Of a Sweeter New Year

September 16, 2009

Author: Corey Kilgannon

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/17/nyregion/17synagogue.html

Preparations for the High Holy Days have taken on a new urgency this year at Congregation Derech Emunoh, once one of the city’s largest synagogues, but for the last seven years reduced to conducting services in a run-down double-wide trailer hard by the Atlantic Ocean on the Rockaway peninsula in Queens.

As in many...

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Lawsuit Filed: Jewish Group Says Litchfield Won't Allow Synagogue

September 11, 2009

Author: Rinker Buck

Source: The Hartford Courant

http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-litchfield-synagogue-0911_.artsep11,0,2788357.story

A religious freedom suit over the right of a town to restrict the building plans of an Orthodox Jewish group has been filed in federal district court in Hartford.

Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County, which has been active in this quaint, scenic...

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Jews Go Green As Rosh Hashanah Marks Planet’s `Birthday’

September 10, 2009

Author: Kate Shellnutt

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/index.php?/rnstext/jews_go_green_as_rosh_hashanah_marks_planets_birthday1/

From the Garden of Eden to modern community-supported organic gardens, Jews are returning to their biblical call “to till and to tend” the earth.

Spurred by the popularity of environmental movements across denominations and...

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