Judaism

Debate about Organ Donations

October 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 12, 2002 the Los Angeles Times reported that "the questions of when death begins and when donated organs may be used have raised a thicket of moral issues... The Catholic Church and Islamic groups see such acts as charity. Among Jews, a debate rages. Rabbis from opposing camps continue to vociferously debate when death begins-- at the cessation of neurological functions, known as brain death, or when the heart and respiratory systems fail. The definition is key to organ donations, because doctors using heart-lung...

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Christians Disagree Over Evangelism

October 12, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On October 12, 2002 Los Angeles Times reported that "the World Evangelical Alliance is taking issue with an August report from U.S. Catholic bishops that opposes efforts to target Jews for conversion. The evangelical organization, an alliance of 120 national and regional church fellowships and 75 nondenominational ministries, has reaffirmed and reissued a declaration defending Jewish evangelism that was written in 1989 by 16 theologians from nine nations."

ADL National Commission Meeting Discredits Jewish Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks and Reaches Out to Latino Community

October 11, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 11, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "the head of the nation's oldest Hispanic civil rights organization implored a Jewish audience Thursday to help push for 'humane' immigration policies and expand discussions of racism beyond the typical black-and-white definitions. The Anti-Defamation League, gathered here for its three-day National Commission Meeting, for the first time publicly explored the need to engage with the Hispanic community to the same degree it did with African-Americans in the civil...

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Pledge for "Intimidation-Free" Campuses for Jewish Students Debated

October 11, 2002

Source: The Chapel Hill Herald

On October 11, 2002, The Chapel Hill Herald reported that "College presidents who declined to endorse a pledge against campus anti-Semitism... including Nan Keohane at Duke and N.C. State Chancellor Marye Anne Fox - faulted the manifesto for its lack of 'symmetry,' meaning it didn't also decry threats to Arabs and Muslims... UNC's James Moeser was among the nearly 300 college presidents who signed the New York Times advertisement sponsored by the American Jewish Committee... Moeser noted he would have been 'happier' if the...

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ADL National Commission Meeting Discredits Jewish Foreknowledge of 9/11 Attacks and Reaches Out to Latino Community

October 10, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On October 10, 2002 The Houston Chronicle reported that "[Abraham] Foxman, [national director of the Anti-Defamation League], has focused on discrediting the 'big lie' - that Jews knew of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks beforehand and somehow stood to gain by inciting a war between the United States and Arab countries. He brings that message to Houston today in the keynote address of the ADL's three-day National Commission Meeting."

Diana Eck Speaks about Efforts to Maintain Interfaith Friendship

October 9, 2002

Source: USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2002-10-09-peace-personal_x.htm

On October 9, 2002 USA Today reported that "the attorneys general for California, Nebraska and Texas report surges in hate crimes in the past year, largely a result of a post-Sept. 11 backlash against Muslims and Arabs... 'There is no doubt that tension and longstanding turbulence in other parts of the world transfer into relations in the United States,' says Diana Eck...

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American Jews Remain Wary of Evangelical Christian Support of Israel

October 7, 2002

Source: JTA News

On October 7, 2002 JTA News reported that "thousands of people will gather in Washington this week in support of Israel, but there won’t be many Jews there... The participants in Friday’s rally are evangelical Christians, gathering in the nation’s capital as part of a Christian Coalition of America conference... Nevertheless, many American Jews and Jewish organizations remain wary of the evangelicals, suspecting their motives and disagreeing with them on domestic policy... Rutgers University sociology professor Arlene...

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U.S. Postal Service to Issue Stamps Commemorating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Muslim Eid

October 4, 2002

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

On October 4, 2002 The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that "the Postal Service issues its holiday stamps in October to continue interest in collecting. Next Thursday, four holiday stamps, all 37 cents, will be issued commemorating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Muslim Eid. Contemporary Christmas stamps, featuring snowmen, will be issued later."

Jewish Group Sues Federal Agency that Oversees AmeriCorps

October 4, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=17057

On October 4, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a Jewish group is suing the independent federal agency that oversees AmeriCorps and other programs, claiming it is crossing the line between church and state by sponsoring religious teaching in some schools. The American Jewish Congress filed the lawsuit yesterday in federal court against the Corporation...

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Pledge for "Intimidation-Free" Campuses for Jewish Students Debated

October 4, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On October 4, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "more than 300 university and college presidents have signed a petition calling for 'intimidation-free' campuses so pro-Israeli students will not be hassled for their beliefs, a Jewish advocacy group said Friday... 'In the past few months, students who are Jewish or supporters of Israel's right to exist... have received death threats and threats of violence,' the petition says... Muslim advocates and some educators are concerned the petition, which will be released Monday by...

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"Gospel of Inclusion" Upsets Evangelical Support, but Increases Interfaith Dialogue

October 2, 2002

Source: Religion News Service

On October 2, 2002 Religion News Service reported that "more people learned of [Carlton Pearson's] 'gospel of inclusion'... [which] says simply, 'I exclude nobody from the redemptive work of the cross.' Pearson says he thinks the focus of many of his evangelical brethren, who believe a personal confession that Jesus is savior gains one entrance to heaven, has been wrongly placed... 'I believe that Jesus redeemed the entire world,' not just particular brands of Christians. While Pearson's doctrine of inclusion has motivated the...

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Lackawanna Arrests and Community's Solidarity

October 2, 2002

Source: Buffalo News

http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20021002/1036867.asp

On October 2, 2002 Buffalo News reported that "religious leaders from a variety of faiths gathered outside the Lackawanna Mosque on Tuesday to pledge their support for the local Muslim community in response to the arrests of six Lackawanna men charged with supporting the al-Qaida terrorist network... religious leaders said they wanted to make a statement as a preventative measure...

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Oldest Jewish Synagogue in U.S. Prepares for New Century

September 30, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On September 30, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "the founders of North America's oldest Jewish house of worship came to Rhode Island more than 250 years ago... In the centuries since, Newport's Touro Synagogue has become a symbol of religious freedom, a place where presidents, celebrities and foreign leaders have come to honor the legacy. Now, the Orthodox congregation is preparing to bring the synagogue into the 21st century with a multimillion-dollar restoration and expansion project aimed at attracting more...

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Religious Groups Take Up Environmentalism

September 28, 2002

Source: The Deseret News

On September 28, 2002 The Deseret News reported that "religious groups around the country are finding ecological issues hard to ignore. Clergy are speaking from the pulpit on global warming and Arctic drilling, and practicing what they preach in their own churches, synagogues, temples and mosques... Across faiths, the environmental movement has been evolving slowly over the past decade or more. Denominations have started looking into their traditions, examining how their beliefs could be applied to ecological issues and...

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Religions and Cremation

September 28, 2002

Source: State-Times/Morning Advocate

On September 28, 2002 the State-Times/Morning Advocate reported on different religious traditions and their beliefs about cremation. It stated, "cremation is common among Eastern religions. Hindus in India have crematoriums that are open all the time. The families quickly prepare the body, and family and friends go to the funeral pyre. Since the Buddha was cremated, most Buddhists follow this example. In Islam, cremation is forbidden, based on rituals regarding the dead found in the Quran and Sunnah. Muslims consider...

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