Judaism

Evangelical Christianity and Judaism

August 15, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On August 15, 2000, The New York Times published an article by religious scholar Martin Marty, explaining why there exists an alliance at times between evangelical Christians and observant Jews, two groups that might not always be lumped together as theological and social partners. Marty explains that "most evangelicals see Mr. Lieberman's selection as enlarging the space for themselves in American culture. He is celebrated for being different from mainstream culture while they have been criticized for it. They mention God in...

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Evangelical Christianity and Judaism

August 15, 2000

Source: The Washington Post

On August 15, 2000, The Washington Post published an article entitled "Hymning Jesus And Lieberman; Some Evangelical Christian Groups Embrace Jewish Roots and Rituals." Sandy Grady, a member of the evangelical Glory Tabernacle in Washington exclaims, "We are so excited about Joe Lieberman. God is sending a message through him: Let the right man arise at this hour."

"Discussions of how evangelical Christians might respond to an Orthodox Jewish vice president tend to focus on the potential discomfort they may feel...

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Land Use:Debate between Orthodox and Reform Jews

August 13, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On August 13, 2000, The New York Times reported on a dispute in Beachwood, Ohio between Orthodox and Reformed Jews. "Fifteen years of history led to the evening [in 1997] when a Cleveland suburb that was 83 percent Jewish would decide whether to allow its Orthodox residents to construct several religious buildings. In the language of municipal land use, it required a shift in zoning from U-1, A-2 to U-5, from residential to institutional, from four unkempt houses and a stretch of brambly woods to a landscaped campus of two...

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The Essence of Judaism: Love Your Neighbor as Yourself

August 13, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On August 13, 2000, The Boston Globe reported that reactions to the announcement that Senator Joseph Lieberman will be Al Gore's running mate showed just how little the American people know about the Jewish faith. "The essence of Judaism should seem familiar to the Christian world: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' Those words are found at the center of the Torah, in the Book of Leviticus. Hillel, the great Talmudic sage, interpreted this commandment and equated it to the whole of Torah. 'The rest,' he said, 'is commentary. Go and...

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Some Muslims Question Lieberman

August 12, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 12, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that on the previous Friday Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan "questioned the national loyalty of Democratic vice presidential candidate Joseph I. Lieberman, asking if his Jewish religion would make him more faithful to Israel or the United States." Farrakhan incorrectly asserted that, "Mr. Lieberman, as an Orthodox Jew, is also a dual citizen of Israel. The state of Israel is not synonymous with the United States, and the test he would probably have to pass is: Would he be...

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Lieberman and Orthodoxy

August 12, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On August 12, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that when Sen. Joseph Lieberman came to Atlanta "last year to lecture, Rabbi Ilan Feldman had a chance to chat with him. 'I discussed his value as a role model for modern American Jews who find it difficult to bridge the gap between Judaism and modern American culture,' said Feldman, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Jacob, a DeKalb County Orthodox synagogue.

"Now Lieberman can be an even more obvious role model. His addition by...

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Jews Mark Tisha B'av

August 10, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 10, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "about 100 Jewish high school students from New York visited with Holocaust survivors at The Jewish Federation's Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust" earlier that week to mark Tisha B'av. "The ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av is a major fast day in the Jewish calendar, marking the destruction of both the First and Second Temples of ancient Jerusalem...Tisha B'av is the culmination of a three-week period of mourning, the last nine days of which are particularly intense,...

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ACLU and Columbus Jewish Federation Protest Christian Songs at Graduations

August 10, 2000

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On August 10, 2000, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio and the Columbus Jewish Federation are speaking out against choral performances at two Columbus high-school graduations that included Christian songs." Howard Brenner, a Jewish resident of the North Side, raised the issue with his son's school when Christian songs were performed at the graduation ceremony. Another school used Christian songs at their graduation ceremony later in the month.

Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times, reported that "Campaign 2000: Senator's Life Took Same Path as His Faith; Profile: Lieberman's Rise Encapsulates the Change in Circumstance of American Jews in the Last 50 Years." The change in the American public's attitude towards Jews over the past fifty years is apparent with the candidacy of Joseph Lieberman for vice president. When he was born in 1942, "American Jews still could not buy property in many places in the United States. When he was growing up in the more sophisticated...

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Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 9, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

On August 9, 2000, the Star Tribune reported on Senator Lieberman's religious views in the article "Lieberman's Religious Faith Intertwined with Political Life; Many Jews Admire his Adherence to Orthodoxy, Even when Its Rules Collide with Career Demands." Many have seen evidence of Lieberman's personal commitment to his faith, Rabbi Moshe Feller of St. Paul, is one. He says, "Sometimes if he knows he has to vote on a Saturday, he'll stay at our Lubavich House in Washington, within walking distance of the Senate." Feller is Midwest...

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Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 9, 2000

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

On August 9, 2000, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that Al Gore has chosen Senator Joseph Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, to be his running mate in the November election. Lieberman's candidacy gives "credence to polls by the Anti-Defamation League that show a long decline in anti-Semitism. The percentage of strongly anti-Semitic Americans dropped from 29 in 1964 to 12 in 1998. 'Things are getting better,' declares Jay Kaiman, Southeast director of the ADL."

Deborah Lipstadt, a Jewish...

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Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 8, 2000

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On August 8, 2000, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that "Vice President Al Gore's selection of Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., as his running mate is winning praise from religious leaders pleased that someone Jewish is on the national ticket. 'I think it goes a long way toward reminding Americans that we are a diverse community,' said Rabbi Mark Shook of Congregation Temple Israel in Creve Coeur. 'It's a sign of how mature we're becoming as a democracy.' Rabbi Susan Talve with Central Reform Congregation in St. Louis...

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