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Movement Creates Shoah Scroll To Ritualize Holocaust Holiday

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — In a revolutionary attempt to ritualize the observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Conservative movement has produced the first-ever formal liturgy for the holiday.Dubbed “Megillat Hashoah” — “The Scroll of the Holocaust” — the document was recited publicly for the first time in North America during an AprilRead More


Illinois Senate Candidates Eyeing State’s Jewish Voters

By E.J. Kessler

Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes is considered the early favorite for the Democratic nomination in the race to succeed his state’s Republican senator, Peter Fitzgerald, who decided last month not to run for re-election. The son of another popular politician, Hynes, 34, can count on the support of Cook County’sRead More


Writer Discovers Romance in Kafka’s Happiest Chapter

By Max Gross

Kathi Diamant didn’t really like Franz Kafka when she first read him.Even today — more than 30 years after she first read “The Metamorphosis” — she doesn’t express the kind of veneration one would expect from the director of the Kafka Project at San Diego State University. “I prefer Kafka’s personal writing to hisRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

French Gentleman’s Agreement: In May 2001, David De Rothschild, scion of the French branch of the family banking dynasty, told an Israeli newspaper that despite reports to the contrary, he did not feel that France was drowning in a wave of antisemitic acts.“Within hours of its publication, his comment would rocket through e-mailsRead More


Muslim Clergymen Repudiate Schoolbooks’ Bigoted Content

By Ori Nir

Two of New York’s most prominent Muslim clerics have publicly spoken out against antisemitic content in Islamic textbooks used in local Muslim schools, after the issue was brought to their attention by a group of Jewish community leaders.The textbooks, used in Muslim parochial schools in Brooklyn and Queens, contain claims thatRead More


Newsdesk May 9, 2003

Syria Sanctions Bill RevivedEncouraged by an apparent reversal in the Bush administration’s position toward Damascus, Congress is reviving the Syria Accountability Act.The original bill ran out of steam last fall in the face of stiff administration opposition. But this week, a new version of the bill was introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer, aRead More


Chief Rabbi Pick Opposed on Corruption, Abuse Charges

By Forward Staff and Ha’aretz

TEL AVIV — Israel’s Supreme Court has been asked to block the installation of the nation’s newly elected Ashkenazic chief rabbi, because of allegations that include incompetence, extorting money from marrying couples, forging signatures on marriage contracts and sexual abuse of women and boys.The rabbi, Yona Metzger, currently a neighborhoodRead More


Strike Shuts Down Government Services

About 700,000 public-sector workers, including more than 200,000 teachers, launched a nationwide strike this week effectively shutting down almost all government services offered by the state. The strike, which began Wednesday, was called to protest the government’s introduction of legislation that would cut $2.35 billion from Israel’s $56Read More


Only in America: Building Bridges at a Unique Seder

By Andrea Barron

LETTER FROM VIRGINIAEvery Passover, Jews begin telling the story of the exodus from Egypt by reciting the Four Questions, starting with, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” This year, one Seder I attended was different not simply because of the matzo and the maror, but because of the people seated around the table.There wereRead More


‘A Place... Close to Our Hearts’

By Lisa Keys

TEREZIN, CZECH REPUBLIC — Theresienstadt, the Nazis’ “model” ghetto, whose remains were nearly washed away by the waters of the Elbe and Eger rivers in last August’s disastrous floods, is on its way back to model condition. Thanks to the generosity of Jews throughout the world who answered cries for help, the site through which 140,000Read More


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