Judaism

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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Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 8, 2000

Source: The Detroit News

On August 8, 2000, The Detroit News reported that "Selection Could Raise Religion Issue in Campaign, Some Say," David Gad-Harf, executive director of the Jewish Community Council of Metropolitan Detroit said that "America has changed a lot in the last several decades. You think back to 1960 when John Kennedy was nominated as the second Catholic on a national ticket. It brought out a lot of anti-Catholic feeling, and he had to officially distance himself from the Catholic hierarchy. That shows how far we have come. I am sure...

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Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 8, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On August 8, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "murky, and inherently unanswerable, question of whether Lieberman's religion will repel some voters. Most experts expect little effect, and two recent polls have found that fully 9 in 10 Americans now say they would vote for a Jewish president. But analysts acknowledge that voters resistant to a Jewish president could be reluctant to admit those attitudes to a pollster, which means that no one can safely say how large a potential backlash, if any, may come. 'I think we do...

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Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 8, 2000

Source: The New York Times

On August 8, 2000, The New York Times reported that "Although he frequently wears a yarmulke on his head, Mr. Lieberman is seen by some Christians as a kindred spirit for his willingness to wear his religion on his sleeve. His talk of the Talmud's inspiring both his values and his votes has often been cited by those Christians who believe that the Bible ought to guide public policy...'For a lot of serious Christians in America, the fact that he's an observant Jew would be viewed very positively,' said the Rev. Richard John Neuhaus...

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Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 8, 2000

Source: The Denver Post

On August 8, 2000, The Denver Post reported that "Joseph Lieberman scores well with most Denver-area religious leaders and to Jews his vice-presidential candidacy is 'exciting' and 'historic...' "'This is a nice step for American diversity,' said Rabbi Sandy Cohen of Denver's Temple Micah in Park Hill. 'This is exciting. We've been waiting for this for years.' She found Al Gore's choice of Lieberman as a running mate 'surprising, given the renewed role of the religious right in politics. We may find out now how Americans feel...

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Lieberman's Candidacy Receives Much Discussion

August 8, 2000

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On August 8, 2000, The Houston Chronicle reported that Rabbi Joseph Radinsky of Houston's United Orthodox Synagogues called Lieberman's role as Gore's running mate "a big step forward and shows that America is a very pluralistic place. There will always be anti-Semitism, but this proves it is no longer supported by the powers that be as it once was here - even 20 and 30 years ago, when a Jew couldn't buy a home in River Oaks or join the country club."

"'Certainly there's a potential for a (negative side effect),'...

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