Judaism

Female Torah Scribe Observes And Battles Tradition

January 5, 2011

Author: Dina Newman

Source: BBC News

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12112913

Avielah Barclay is an Orthodox Jewish woman who aims to live "sincerely and 100%" inside the traditions of her faith.

 

She leads a fastidiously observant life, wears a head covering and a long skirt - in line with Orthodox views on female modesty - and keeps a kosher kitchen.

 

Yet she is, in many ways, a most unorthodox...

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TSA Scanners, Pat-Downs Particularly Vexing for Muslims, Other Religious Groups

December 23, 2010

Author: Tara Bahrampour

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/22/AR2010122202919.html

As Erum Ikramullah prepared to head to Reagan National Airport on Thursday for a flight, she mulled over two distasteful choices: the body scanner or the pat-down?

 

Ever since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a trip to the airport has been fraught for...

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Muslims Criticize Handling Of Israelis' Stay At D.C. Hotel

December 15, 2010

Author: Bahrampour

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/14/AR2010121407206.html

Muslim employees of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington said they felt discriminated against after being barred over the weekend from floors where an Israeli delegation was staying, a Muslim advocacy group said.

 

One hotel worker whose duties involve going to...

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Reviving a Ritual Of Tending to the Dead

December 12, 2010

Author: Paul Vitello

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/13/nyregion/13burial.html?ref=religionandbelief

The volunteers are taught to begin at the head, washing the face before proceeding to the neck and right shoulder. The right side is to be washed before the left side, the front before the back. There are prayers to say. Small talk is forbidden.

The Jewish protocol for tending to the dead...

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Rock Meant to Destroy Becomes Chabad Menorah’s Base

November 30, 2010

Author: Malina Saval

Source: Chabad Jewish News

http://www.chabad.org/news/article_cdo/aid/1370413/jewish/Vandals-Rock-to-Support-Menorah.htm

In the redemptive spirit of Chanukah, the eight-day Festival of Light that begins Wednesday night, members of the Chabad House Jewish Student Center at Indiana University Bloomington are responding to a recent act of vandalism with a collective message of freedom,...

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Uganda Rabbi Hopes to Be First Jew In Parliament

November 26, 2010

Author: Jennifer Lipman

Source: The Jewish Chronicle

http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/41836/uganda-rabbi-hopes-be-first-jew-parliament

A Ugandan Jew who grew up under Idi Amin is aiming to become the first member of his community to be elected to the country's parliament.

When Ugandans go to the polls in February Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, 41, hopes to be chosen to represent the mostly Muslim area of...

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In Sliver Of Indonesia, Public Embrace Of Judaism

November 22, 2010

Author: Norimitsu Onishi

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/23/world/asia/23indo.html?ref=religion_and_belief

A new, 62-foot-tall menorah, possibly the world’s largest, rises from a mountain overlooking this Indonesian city, courtesy of the local government. Flags of Israel can be spotted on motorcycle taxi stands, one near a six-year-old synagogue that has received a face-lift, including a...

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