Judaism

Vatican Releases Statement on Other Religions

September 9, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On September 9, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "Cardinal Roger M. Mahony sought Friday to reassure non-Catholic Christians and those of other faiths that the Roman Catholic Church remains committed to interfaith dialogue despite a strongly worded Vatican statement critical of other churches and religions...The Vatican statement, 'Dominus Iesus'--Lord Jesus--said this week that followers of non-Christian faiths have 'gravely deficient' chances for salvation. It also said that other Christian churches have 'defects' but...

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Jewish Leaders Make Statement on Christianity

September 8, 2000

Source: The Baltimore Sun

On September 8, 2000, The Baltimore Sun reported that a "group of Jewish religious leaders is about to release a provocative statement that challenges widely held views within the Jewish community about God, the Bible and the relationship between Christianity and Nazism...The statement, which is being released by the Baltimore-based Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies," was published on September 10th, in the local Baltimore paper and in the New York Times. "Titled 'Dabru Emet' (Hebrew for 'Seek the Truth'), the statement...

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Faithful Diversity Displayed in Boston's Immigrants

August 19, 2000

Source: Patriot-Ledger

On August 19, 2000 the Patriot-Ledger reported, "If you want to learn about a community, visit the place where people worship. But most of us don't do that. We feel like an intrusive outsider and don't understand the religious service unless we're accompanied by a congregation member. So it's a treat to find a new exhibit that introduces us to Buddhists and their temple in Quincy, as well as to five other religious groups in the Boston area. 'Faithful Boston: The Religion of Boston Immigrants' is on view in the changing gallery of...

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Diverse Delegation from Texas

August 18, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On August 18, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported on the "Texas delegation to the Democratic National Convention, which prided itself on its diversity, included five Muslims who were either delegates or alternates. Four were from the Houston area, and one was from Dallas. One of the delegates, Houston businessman Zafar Tahir, made history on Thursday at a breakfast meeting of Texas convention delegates, when he delivered a Muslim prayer - the first ever at such a gathering. Tahir, a native of Pakistan who lives in Houston,...

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Teens Overcome Differences

August 18, 2000

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

On August 18, 2000, The San Diego Union-Tribune published an article entitled, "Black and Jewish Teens Try to Overcome Their Differences by Acknowledging Their Similarities."

Some Muslims Question Lieberman

August 16, 2000

Source: The Times-Picayune

On August 16, 2000, The Times-Picayune reported that "Uneasy American Muslim leaders say Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., must move quickly after his nomination today as the Democratic vice presidential candidate to reassure them that he will be fair on the Mideast, or risk losing millions of votes in crucial states to Republican George W. Bush...The ambivalence toward Lieberman is evident even among strong Democrats of the Muslim faith, and among Arab-American delegates of other faiths, who are attending the Democratic National...

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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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