Judaism

Israeli Army Religious Studies Program Slated to End

January 27, 2005

Source: Beliefnet.com/Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/160/story_16014_1.html

On January 27, 2005 the Religion News Service reported, "An innovative program that has long enabled religious Israeli soldiers to combine their mandatory military service with intensive religious studies will soon be disbanded, according to officials in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF). The disclosure that the 'hesder' yeshiva program could end as soon as March has...

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Nationalist Parliamentarians Seek to Outlaw All Jewish Groups

January 24, 2005

Source: Beliefnet.com

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/159/story_15991_1.html

On January 24, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A group of nationalist Russian lawmakers called Monday for a sweeping investigation aimed at outlawing all Jewish organizations and punishing officials who support them, accusing Jews of fomenting ethnic hatred and saying they provoke anti-Semitism. In a letter dated Jan. 13, about 20 members...

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Chicago Police Videos Educate Force About Religious Faiths and Practices

January 23, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/23/national/23video.html

On January 23, 2005 The New York Times reported, "many men of the Sikh faith wear a small sword under their clothing. Orthodox Jews often refuse to move illegally parked cars on Saturdays. Outsiders may photograph statues in Buddhist temples, but not in Hindu ones. These are some of the insights in a series of videos the Chicago Police Department uses to train its officers in dealing...

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Trans-denominational Jewish Rabbinical School Confronts Unique Challenges

January 22, 2005

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/01/22/national/22religion.html?oref=login

On January 22, 2005 The New York Times reported, "in his 12 years as president of Hebrew College, a center for transdenominational Jewish education in this Boston suburb, David M. Gordis has seen all types of believers walk through the door, from the devout to the questioning to those who cannot quite figure out where they fit into Judaism... But while...

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Traditional Jewish Ritual Bath for Women Makes Comeback

January 21, 2005

Source: News Journal

http://www.news-journalonline.com/NewsJournalOnline/News/Local/03AreaEAST02012105.htm

On January 21, 2005 News Journal reported, "it's a women's ritual as ancient as the Hebrew scriptures. But in modern times, the concept of visiting a ritual bath -- or 'mikveh' -- has become as foreign to most Jews as it is to the rest of the population. So it was with more than a little curiosity that about 100 Jewish women from...

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Pope Receives Interfaith Delegation

January 19, 2005

Source: Scientology Newsroom

http://www.scientology.org/en_US/news-media/briefing/2005/hr/050128.html

On January 19, 2005 the Scientology Newsroom reported, "Members of Churches of Scientology were among leaders of different faiths who joined the largest group of rabbis and other Jewish delegates to be granted audience by the Pope. The delegation was organized by Mr. Gary Krupp, founder of the Pave the Way Foundation, a multi-faith alliance that...

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Spiritual Center in Ithaca Home to Many Religions

January 19, 2005

Source: The Ithaca Journal

http://www.theithacajournal.com/news/stories/20050119/localnews/1886821.html

On January 19, 2005 The Ithaca Journal reported, "located on Turkey Hill Road in Ithaca [NY], the Foundation of Light offers a unique spiritual experience for local residents who are looking for an environment that is accepting of all religious and nonreligious denominations. In the early 1970s, the Foundation of Light was established by Mabel...

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Abbas Extends Hand in Peace to Israel, Conflict Rages OnRages On

January 16, 2005

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A13163-2005Jan16.html

On January 16, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Mahmoud Abbas extended his hand in peace to Israel as he was sworn in as the new Palestinian leader Saturday, but the Israeli army killed eight Palestinians in the Gaza Strip and 46 election officials resigned over alleged ballot irregularities, crushing...

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Germans Increasingly Anti-Semitic, Xenophobic

January 15, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

http://www.washtimes.com/world/20050114-095938-6856r.htm

On January 15, 2005 The Washington Times reported, "Germany is growing less tolerant of immigrants, especially Muslims, and more inclined toward anti-Semitism, regarding Jews in the same vein as foreigners, according to a new study of German attitudes. 'There is no distinction anymore between Jews, foreigners and Muslims,' said Paul Spiegel, chairman of the Central Council of...

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Shari’ah Law Proposal Supported by B’nai B’rith, Sparking Ire of Islamic and Jewish Feminists

January 14, 2005

Source: The Forward

http://forward.com/main/article.php?id=2547

On January 14, 2005 The Forward reported, "In a move that is angering Jewish feminists, B'nai Brith Canada is supporting the demands of conservative Muslims in the province of Ontario who wish to have the right to use private arbitration based on Islamic law for the resolution of their marital, custody and inheritance disputes. A report prepared for the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General recommended last...

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America’s Faiths Rally in Tsunami Relief Effort

January 13, 2005

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/features/20050113-9999-1c13wrapup.html

On January 13, 2005 The San Diego Union-Tribune reported, "In the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami has come a faith-based response of unprecedented aid, ongoing prayers and questions of why. The outpouring includes millions of dollars from Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Christians, Jews and other faiths touched by this catastrophe and...

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NY Church Holds Interfaith Service for World Peace

January 10, 2005

Source: The Journal News

http://www.thejournalnews.com/newsroom/011005/b05w10dedication.html

On January 10, 2005 The Journal News reported, "Religious leaders assembled yesterday to proclaim world peace and foster an understanding of people's differences and common bonds. Nine colorful batik banners with symbols representing the world's major religions and cultures were unveiled during a morning service at Memorial United Methodist Church. The flags...

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