Judaism

Commentary on Debate Over Religious Holiday Decorations

December 5, 2004

Source: Daily News Transcript

http://www.dailynewstranscript.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=46369

On December 5, 2004 Daily News Transcript reported, "the formerly innocent act of decorating the town square has inspired a new tradition of argument and litigation. In Norwood [MA], they've been fighting for years over a nativity scene that has long been placed in front of an elementary school. It won't be there this year both the law and common...

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Christmas and the Question of Religious Pluralism in ME

December 5, 2004

Source: Portland Press Herald

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/viewpoints/mvoice/041205mainevoice.shtml

On December 5, 2004 Portland Press Herald reported, "every December, millions of Americans are busy not observing Christmas. Yet, they go through a dilemma that is as old as the first Christmas celebration in this country: They're left out of the big national party that celebrates a distinctly Christian event that also happens to be an official...

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High-Ranking Interfaith Dialogue Takes Place in Manhattan

December 3, 2004

Source: The Jewish Week

http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=10196

On December 3, 2004 The Jewish Week reported, "in medieval times in the Middle East, translators in synagogues would render the reading of the weekly Torah portion from Hebrew into the vernacular Arabic or Aramaic. Something similar took place in Manhattan this week. As Burton Visotzky, professor of midrash at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, read the biblical...

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US Throws Out Discrimination Suit Filed by Jewish Soldier

November 30, 2004

Source: Haaretz News

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/507765.html

On November 30, 2004 the Haaretz News reported, "an Army engineer from Michigan who said he was investigated for spying for Israel because he is Jewish won't get his religious discrimination claim heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. With no comment, the court declined to hear David Tenenbaum's appeal on Monday. Tenenbaum, of Southfield, Mich., is a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army Tank Automotive...

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Church and State Issues in IRS Religious Education Dispute

November 30, 2004

Source: Yahoo News/National Law Journal

http://biz.yahoo.com/law/041129/7e392eca0aee1773cc9df7e48debcedd_1.html

On November 30, 2004 Yahoo News/National Law Journal reported, "tax lawyers are watching a trial in Los Angeles that pits an orthodox Jewish family against the Internal Revenue Service over whether tuition for religious education is deductible -- based in part on a 'secret' settlement between the IRS and the Church of Scientology. 'It's not...

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Recapping the Jewish Vote

November 29, 2004

Source: Haaretz News

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/503067.html

On November 29, 2004 the Haaretz News reported, "Jewish-American voters were given special, almost exaggerated, attention in the recent elections. The Republicans set a goal of increasing the level of Jewish support for George W. Bush. The Democrats responded to this challenge and made an effort to keep the Jews in their camp. It was a battle in which much attention and resources were invested, and which...

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Justice Department Reports 70 Percent of Religious Hate Crimes Against Jews

November 28, 2004

Source: Haaretz News

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/505904.html

On November 28, 2004 Haaretz News reported, "the good news is that anti-Semitism in the United States is not on the rise. The bad news is that it is not waning. This week, the American Justice Department released the Federal Bureau of Investigations' annual Hate Crimes Statistics for 2003, which summarizes reports from throughout the U.S. on crimes against individuals based on their racial, ethnic or...

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Interfaith Thanksgiving in Denver

November 26, 2004

Source: Rocky Mountain News

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/religion/article/0,1299,DRMN_61_3355695,00.html

On November 26, 2004 Rocky Mountain News reported, "nearly 600 people gathered Thursday to break bread, pray, sing America the Beautiful and laugh at Rabbi Steven Foster's vintage quips. Once again, Denver's long-running interfaith service helped launch Thanksgiving in multicultural style... Started in the 1880s, this year'...

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ADL Offers Praise for Hate Crimes Report

November 23, 2004

Source: ADL Press Release

http://www.adl.org/PresRele/HatCr_51/4591_51.htm

On November 23, 2004 ADL Press Release reported, "the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today praised the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as they released their annual report on hate crime statistics across the nation... The League called for increased education and training for police agencies and expanded coordination between federal and state authorities to investigate and prosecute hate crimes...

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French Jews Immigrate to Israel, Citing Rising Anti-Semitism in France

November 22, 2004

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2004-11-22-jews-france_x.htm

On November 22, 2004 USA Today reported, "A dwindling number of émigrés from the former Soviet Union and the 4-year-old Palestinian uprising have reduced immigration to Israel. But the number of French Jews making Aliyah is rising. Since 2001, more than 2,000 French Jews have arrived each year, double the rate of the 1990s and more than from any other single country, says the...

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U.N. Approves Resolution Decrying Increase in Anti-Semitism Worldwide

November 22, 2004

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: Reuters

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A5555-2004Nov22.html

On November 22, 2004 Reuters reported, "A U.N. General Assembly committee approved for the first time Monday a resolution decrying an increase in anti-Semitism along with rising intolerance and violence directed at other religions... The resolution on religious intolerance was adopted 177 to 0 by the...

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