Judaism

Learning Opportunity for Interfaith Couple

April 8, 2009

Author: Richard C. Dujardin

Source: The Providence Journal

http://www.projo.com/news/content/mothers_circle_04-08-09_BHDV7N1_v26.3862d44.html

“Why is this night different from all other nights?” the youngest asks as the family gathers around the table for the Passover Seder.

But at the home of Franklin and Mary Beth Schneider, a more fitting question might be, “Why is this Passover different...

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Shalom And Boa Noite: A Cape Verdean Seder

April 8, 2009

Author: Monica Brady-Myerov

Source: WBUR

http://www.wbur.org/news/2009/84156_20090408.asp

Aminah Pilgrim, a young Cape Verdean woman, stands before about 170 people gathered in the basement of a Catholic church in Roxbury to lead a Jewish Seder in Cape Verdean Creole.

It seems incongruous. What do Cape Verdeans have to do with Jews? But Joel Schwartz, who started the joint Passover four years ago, says the two communities have more in common...

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Making Kosher a Little More Convenient

April 8, 2009

Author: Jennifer A. Kingson

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/09/garden/09kosher.html

Back when the rules of Orthodox Judaism were set forth — that no work should be done on the Sabbath, from Friday evening until Saturday evening — no thought was given to the number of dirty dishes that would pile up in Howard and Elaine Alt’s kitchen over the weekend.

The Alts, who live in Teaneck, N.J.,...

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Army Chaplain Criticized for Fasting Call On Passover

April 7, 2009

Author: Karin Hamilton

Source: Religion News Service

http://pewforum.org/news/display.php?NewsID=17858

The Army's top chaplain has come under fire from some Jews for issuing a call for a day of prayer and fasting that falls on the first day of Passover.

Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver, a Southern Baptist and Army Chief of Chaplains, had issued the prayer call in response to the rising suicide rates among soldiers. Last year, the Army reported the...

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In a Landscape Of Tension, Bahrain Embraces Its Jews. All 36 Of Them.

April 5, 2009

Author: Michael Slackman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/06/world/middleeast/06bahrain.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

It’s O.K. to be Jewish in Bahrain.

Actually, that may be an understatement.

“It’s fashionable,” said Rouben Rouben, 55, an electronics dealer who proudly displays his name, a recognizably Jewish one, on the sign above all four...

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A Jewish Holiday, Once Every 28 Years

April 4, 2009

Author: Samuel G. Freedman

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/04/us/04religion.html?_r=1&emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

On the morning of April 8, 1953, a day he is certain more than a half-century later was a Wednesday, J. David Bleich walked outside his father’s synagogue in Lewistown, Pa. A high school senior, age 16, he was the youngest among a smattering of worshipers gathering in a rear yard beneath a...

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Interfaith Togetherness: More Than 150 Gather As SW Temple Receives New Torah

April 4, 2009

Author: Robert D. Muirhead

Source: Journal Inquirer

http://www.journalinquirer.com/articles/2009/04/03/towns/south_windsor/doc49d6aa060a774309202331.txt

A Jewish ceremony became an event to celebrate interfaith togetherness Friday night when Temple Beth Hillel received a new Torah for the first time in 50 years.

More than 150 people gathered to celebrate the marriage of Temple Beth Hillel and...

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Hindus & Jews Want Restructuring Of Prayers At UK Parliament

March 31, 2009

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Thaindian News

http://www.thaindian.com/newsportal/entertainment/hindus-jews-want-restructuring-of-prayers-at-uk-parliament_100173444.html

Hindus and Jews have asked the United Kingdom to re-evaluate the matrix of opening prayers in its Parliament, which probably date back from 17th century.

Rajan Zed, acclaimed Hindu statesman; and Rabbi...

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On Staten Island, a Jewish Cemetery Where All Are Equals In Death

March 31, 2009

Author: Jim Dwyer

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/01/nyregion/01about.html?emc=tnt&tntemail0=y

Two shovels were planted in the mound next to the open mouth of the grave. “For those of you who don’t know about this,” said the rabbi, Shmuel Plafker, “let me show you.”

He lifted the first pile of dirt with the back of the shovel. “To symbolize that we really...

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Ad for Islam On Broward Bus May Lead to Ban

March 21, 2009

Author: Scott Wyman

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/content/state/epaper/2009/03/21/0321busislamad.html

In the wake of controversial bus ads saying Jesus followed the principles of Islam, Broward County inspection reports commissioners are considering a ban on advertising religious messages on public transportation and all other government property.

The new policy would still permit...

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Having a Bat Mitzvah In Their 90s Because It’s a Hoot

March 21, 2009

Author: Christopher Maag

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/22/us/22batmitzvah.html?hp

Ann Simon is worried she might forget all the Hebrew words she has memorized to become a bat mitzvah, a Jewish girl marking the transition into religious adulthood.

Ms. Simon is no 12-year-old, though. At 94 she can be forgiven her fear that she might be seized by a senior moment or two as she stands on the bimah on Sunday to...

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Rabbis' Expulsion Worries Russia's Jews

March 18, 2009

Author: Megan K. Stack

Source: The Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-russia-rabbis18-2009mar18,0,7212585.story

Two and a half years ago, a young Orthodox rabbi from New York set down in the port city of Vladivostok, family in tow. Yisroel Silberstein came with a mission, and he expected to stay for good.

Out on Russia's rough-and-tumble eastern frontier,...

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