Judaism

Free Israel Tours Bolster Ties With Young US Jews

August 26, 2010

Author: Lisa Wangsness

Source: Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2010/08/26/free_israel_tours_bolster_ties_with_young_us_jews/?page=1

Michael Silverman, a 21-year-old Northeastern University student who grew up in Needham, had not thought about Israel much before this spring. An electrical engineering major, he was not interested in the...

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Muslims And Jews Gather In Cambridge to Break a Fast, And Raise Money for Pakistan Flood Victims

August 26, 2010

Author: Masha Rifkin

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/cambridge/2010/08/muslims_and_jews_gather_in_cam.html

Two hundred Muslims and Jews gathered in Cambridge Monday evening to share an iftar: the evening meal that breaks the fast during Ramadan.

The dinner was organized jointly by the American Jewish Committee Boston chapter (AJC) and the American Islamic Congress (AIC) in...

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Rabbi's Beard Doesn't Make Cut

August 20, 2010

Author: Devlin Barrett

Source: The Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703791804575439591274461362.html

Rabbi Menachem Stern's stringy brown beard is hardly an unusual sight in his Brooklyn neighborhood. But in trying to become a chaplain in the U.S. Army, Mr. Stern has gotten tangled in a military bureaucracy that has made exceptions for other beards, but not his.

The 28-year-old...

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Mayor’s Stance on Muslim Center Has Deep Roots

August 12, 2010

Author: Michael Barbaro

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/13/nyregion/13bloomberg.html?hp

Michael R. Bloomberg is a former Wall Street mogul with a passion for the rights of a private property owner. He is a Jew whose parents asked their Christian lawyer to buy a house and then sell it back to them to hide their identity in an unwelcoming Massachusetts suburb. And he is a politician who regards his...

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Islamophobia: A Threat to American Values?

August 10, 2010

Author: John Esposito

Source: The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-l-esposito/islamophobia-a-threat-to_b_676765.html

We are passing through difficult and dangerous times. The impact of staggering economic crisis and fears of a continued terrorist threat have spawned a culture of hate that threatens the future of our American way of life and values.

 

The legacy of the 9/11 and...

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Sharing the Faith, Splitting the Rent

August 6, 2010

Author: Sarah Maslin Nir

Source: The New York Times

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/08/realestate/08cov.html?emc=eta1

Apartment hunters always have a wish list of things that will help them call a new place home — doormen, laundry rooms, southern exposures.

But for some people, faith guides real estate choices. Instead of bay windows and an in-house gym, their must-have may be a kosher kitchen, a short walk to church, room...

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In Saudi Arabia, a Landmark Welcome Of a Christian Scholar

August 3, 2010

Author: Caryle Murphy

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2010/0803/In-Saudi-Arabia-a-landmark-welcome-of-a-Christian-scholar

In a country that endorses Islam as the official religion, bans conversion to other religions, and forbids Christian proselytizing, Saudi Arabia's recent welcome of an American Christian scholar is a landmark.

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Key Jewish Group Rejects Ground Zero Mosque

July 30, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: NPR

Wire Service: AP

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128882354

The nation's leading Jewish civil rights group has come out against the planned mosque and Islamic community center near ground zero, saying more information is needed about funding for the project and the location is "counterproductive to the healing process."

The Anti-Defamation League...

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Legal Challenge for New Zealand Shechitah Ban

July 29, 2010

Author: Dan Goldberg

Source: The Jewish Chronicle

http://www.thejc.com/news/world-news/36308/legal-challenge-new-zealand-shechitah-ban

New Zealand's small Jewish community has begun mounting a legal case against the nation's centre-right government in a bid to overturn a ban on the kosher slaughter of meat.

Community spokesperson David Zwartz said that attempts to convince Agriculture Minister David Carter to...

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Ban Jewish Burka, Say Israeli Rabbis

July 29, 2010

Author: Nathan Jeffay

Source: The Jewish Chronicle

http://www.thejc.com/node/36322

Israeli rabbis are set to ban the burka for a small group of radical Jewish women who have taken to wearing it.

Two years ago, it emerged that around 100 women in the city of Beit Shemesh had begun to cover their faces with a veil and wear numerous layers of clothing to obscure their body shape. When many rabbis criticised the trend, the women took no notice because they...

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