Judaism

Indian Group Recognized to be Descended from Ancient Israelites

April 1, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: UPI

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/163/story_16373_1.html

On April 1, 2005 United Press International reported, "A chief rabbi in Israel has determined members of India's Bnei Menashe community are descendants of the ancient Israelites. Sephardi Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar has dispatched a team of rabbinical judges to formally convert them to Orthodox Jewry so they can immigrate to Israel under the Law of...

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Supreme Court Accepts Non-Orthodox Conversions

March 31, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/163/story_16354_1.html

On March 31, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The Supreme Court on Thursday granted recognition to non-Orthodox conversions to Judaism partly performed in Israel, capping a six-year legal battle with a sharp blow to the country's Orthodox monopoly over religious affairs. The decision drew harsh condemnation from the rabbinical establishment...

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President Calls for New Measures Against Anti-Semitism

March 30, 2005

Source: Haaretz

Wire Service: AP

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/558456.html

On March 30, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Serbia-Montenegro's president has called for new legal measures against anti-Semitism in the Balkan country. Svetozar Marovic met with the Israeli ambassador to Belgrade, Yafa Ben Ari, and issued the statement yesterday proposing 'new legislative initiatives to prevent anti-Semitic incidents.' Earlier this month...

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Religion Finds a Place in Some History Classes

March 27, 2005

Source: The Bradenton Herald

http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/local/11240629.htm

On March 27, 2005 The Bradenton Herald reported, "Jesus can be found in the classrooms and curriculum of Manatee County's public schools. He's in the textbooks, activity sheets and study guides of high school history and social studies courses, along with other important historical figures from other major religions such as Moses, Muhammad and Siddartha Gautama, more...

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Three Men Arrested for Plastering Belgrade with Anti-Semitic Posters

March 27, 2005

Source: Haaretz

Wire Service: AP

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/556098.html

On March 27, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Belgrade police have arrested three men for plastering anti-Semitic posters in the Serbian capital, the authorities said yesterday. Interior Minister Dragan Jocic declined to identify the suspects, but said they were 'young people ... found in possession of copies of the posters' identical to those that appeared...

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Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Christian Ethicists Weigh in on Schiavo Case

March 23, 2005

Source: Chicago Tribune

On March 23, 2005 the Chicago Tribune reported, "as the quest to sustain the life of a brain-damaged Florida woman commands the attention of the American public, people of all faiths are pondering if ancient tenets can resolve the moral quandaries posed by modern medicine. Withchemotherapy, respirators, feeding tubes and other artificial means possibly adding years to a human life, believers across the spectrum are challenged by the questions raised in the Terri Schiavo case. But for Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Christian bioethicists,...

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Report Reveals Record High Levels of Anti-Semitic Acts

March 21, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/104/story_10462_1.html

On March 21, 2005 Religion News Service reported, "The number of racist and anti-Semitic acts committed in France nearly doubled in a year, a human rights group reported Monday (March 21). The government-affiliated National Consultative Human Rights Commission found some 1,565 attacks and slurs with a racist or anti-Semitic intent were...

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Teachers in Purchase Learn Lesson on Islam

March 20, 2005

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050320/NEWS02/503200352/1018

On March 20, 2005 The Journal News reported, "the teachers were gathered at round tables, answering a quiz about the Jewish scripture, the New Testament and the Quran. They were asked to match the holy book with the quotations, which included references to Adam in the garden, Moses parting the sea and the immaculate...

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Leaders of American Jewish Organizations Express Shock Over Report Findings

March 18, 2005

Source: The Forward

http://www.forward.com/articles/2828

On March 18, 2005 The Forward reported, "Embarrassed leaders of American Jewish organizations were absorbing the news this week that an international body under their control was at the center of a tangled Israeli scheme, detailed in a bombshell government report, to build illegal settlement outposts in violation of Israeli law, policy and international commitments. The international body, the World Zionist Organization, or WZO...

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