Judaism

Christian and Jewish Leaders Pledge to Combat Anti-Semitism

February 9, 2004

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.religionnews.com/press02/PR021104C.html

On February 9, 2004 Religion News Service posted a press release that reported, "A delegation of European Christian leaders joined with their counterparts from the United States, Canada, Australia and Israel earlier this week to meet with top Israeli government leaders in a joint effort to draft plans for combating heightened anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in their home communities. Heavily...

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Religious Leaders Join Rally to Oppose Gay Marriage

February 9, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.detnews.com/2004/religion/0402/29/a03-58833.htm

On February 9, 2004 The Boston Globe reported, "Boisterous opponents of same-sex marriage sang, cheered and chanted Sunday at a rally to build support for a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The demonstration on the Boston Common, a short distance from the Massachusetts Statehouse, broke out into chants of 'Let the people vote!'...

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New Jersey Suburb Sees Influx of Religious Centers

February 9, 2004

Source: The Courier News

http://www.c-n.com/news/c-n/story/0,2111,903589,00.html

On February 9, 2004 The Courier News reported on the influx of religious centers being built in Franklin, a suburb of New Jersey. Muslim, Presbyterian, Jain and Hindu congregations all have plans to build in the area, and existing Jewish, Hindu, and Christian centers are expanding... The township has a tradition of religious diversity, said James Hughes, dean of the Edward J. Bloustein...

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Lieberman Failed to Get Support From Jewish Voters

February 8, 2004

Source: Haaretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/391716.html

On February 8, 2004 Haaretz reported, "A little more than a year ago, when Senator Joseph Lieberman announced he would seek his party's nomination as its candidate for president of the United States in the 2004 elections, his confidants said they were concerned the American public wasn't yet ready to accept a Jewish president. Lieberman whipped out surveys he had commissioned that indicated only a very small...

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Jewish Traditional Burial Practices

February 6, 2004

Source: Religion and Ethics Newsweekly

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week723/belief.html

On February 6, 2004 Religion and Ethics Newsweekly published an article on the Jewish tradition of tahara, the washing and purifying of a dead body, which in Judaism is considered one of the greatest of all good deeds -- mitzvot. According to the article, "those who perform taharas are volunteer members of the burial society, chevra kadisha. Women attend to...

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Diversity in Mississippi

February 6, 2004

Source: The Sun Herald

http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/7887577.htm

On February 6, 2004 The Sun Herald reported. "Religion in South Mississippi is more diverse than many who live in this strongly Christian region realize. Perhaps no one knows that better than Cindy Brown, an associate professor at the University of Southern Mississippi who spent three years documenting the religious diversity with photographs. Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Hare Krishnas and Jews...

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Wiccan Priestess Charges Town Council With Violating Church and State Prohibitions in SC

February 5, 2004

Source: The Herald

http://www.heraldonline.com/local/story/3305241p-2949326c.html

On February 5, 2004 the Herald reported that, "the American Jewish Congress has filed a brief with the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to support a lawsuit brought by a Great Falls woman prohibiting specific Christian references in council prayers. The brief, filed Tuesday by the organization's chief lawyer, Marc Stern, said the use of specific faith preference in town...

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Government to Fine Businesses Who Employ Jews on the Sabbath

February 5, 2004

Source: Ha-Aretz

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/390872.html

On February 5, 2004 Ha-Aretz reported, "Trade and Industry Minister Ehud Olmert has decided that his ministry will soon started levying fines on businesses that employ Jews on the Sabbath. Olmert said yesterday that in light of a recent legal opinion, he has realized that there is little choice but to reimpose fines. The ministry employs four Druze inspectors who visit businesses on the Sabbath. The inspectors...

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Bush Calls the "Sons and Daughters of Abraham" to Action

February 5, 2004

Source: US Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=111-02052004

On February 5, 2004 US Newswire published the remarks by President Bush at the annual Prayer Breakfast: "There's another part our heritage we are showing in Iraq, and that is the great American tradition of religious tolerance. the Iraqi people are mostly Muslims, and we respect the faith they practice. Our troops in Iraq have helped to refurbish mosques, have treated Muslim...

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Controversy Surrounds UNICEF Calendar With No Hindu or Sikh Holidays

February 5, 2004

Source: Hindustan Times

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_561918,00050003.htm

On February 5, 2004 the Hindustan Times reported, "A major controversy erupted after UNICEF's UK branch printed a diary ignoring Hindu and Sikh religious festivals while listing religious festivals from Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Buddhism. The diary which contains 25 days associated with Christianity, three days linked to Islam, two days for Judaism and one day for Buddhism...

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Pope: Anti-Semitism and Racism Should Be Repeatedly Condemned

February 5, 2004

Source: Ha-Aretz

http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/391283.html

On February 5, 2004 Ha-Aretz reported, "Pope John Paul said Thursday that anti-Semitism and racism had to be utterly and repeatedly condemned and that violence in the name of religion was a desecration. The pope, addressing leaders of the American Jewish Committee visiting the Vatican, also said the Holy Land needed a solution that respected both Israelis and Palestinians. 'There is regrettably a...

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AJC Supports Lawsuit by Wiccan Priestess

February 5, 2004

Source: The Herald

http://www.heraldonline.com/local/story/3305241p-2949326c.html

On February 5, The Herald reported that "the American Jewish Congress has filed a brief with the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to support a lawsuit brought by a Great Falls woman prohibiting specific Christian references in council prayers. The brief, filed Tuesday by the organization's chief lawyer, Marc Stern, said the use of specific faith preference in town council...

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Members of Congress Speak Out Against French Ban

February 4, 2004

Source: The Sikh Coalition

http://www.sikhcoalition.org/HondaEhlers.asp

On February 4, 2004 The Sikh Coalition reported that Congressmen Mike Honda (D-CA) and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) sent a memo to members of Congress and urged them to sign onto a letter to the French Government. This letter expresses concern over the French ban of articles of faith in schools. The letter reads, in part: "On February 10, 2004, the French Parliament will vote on legislation to restrict religious...

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