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  • US rabbis urge change in IDF war code

    08/21/2006 8:30:25 AM PDT · by APRPEH · 25 replies · 812+ views
    JPOST ^ | Aug. 21, 2006 | MATTHEW WAGNER
    The Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) has called on Israel to reevaluate its military rules of war in light of Hizbullah's "unconscionable use of civilians, hospitals, ambulances, mosques and the like as human shields, cannon fodder and weapons of asymmetric warfare." The RCA made the statement at the end of a three-day solidarity mission last week in conjunction with Emunah, the modern Orthodox women's organization, during which a contingent of RCA rabbis toured the North and South, visiting the injured and gathering impressions of the extent of the damage caused by the warfare. Rabbi Basil Herring, executive vice president of...
  • Woman heads rabbinical seminary for first time [So what?]

    06/30/2006 2:51:00 PM PDT · by Alouette · 5 replies · 229+ views
    YNet ^ | June 30, 2006
    Rabbi Dr. Einat Ramon appointed to serve as dean of conservative Schechter Rabbinical Seminary The Board of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem has appointed Rabbi Dr. Einat Ramon to serve as dean of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary . Ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1989, Rabbi Ramon was the first Israeli woman to be ordained as a rabbi. She is also the first woman to head a Conservative/Masorti rabbinical school. Rabbi Ramon has been a courageous spokesperson for the Masorti Movement on crucial issues such as the conversion bill and the right to hold egalitarian prayers...
  • Rabbis to Bush: Don't back West Bank withdrawal Say evacuation plan against Torah, U.S. interests

    06/29/2006 6:41:22 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 5 replies · 321+ views ^ | June 29, 2006 | Aaron Klein
    Rabbis to Bush: Don't back West Bank withdrawal Say evacuation plan against Torah, U.S. interests Posted: June 29, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Aaron Klein KIBBUTZ NAHAL OZ, Israel – A group of prominent rabbis is calling on President Bush to refuse political and financial support for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's plan to evacuate most of Judea and Samaria, stating the withdrawal is against U.S. interests, and that it violates basic tenets of Jewish law. "U.S. interests are being impacted by Israel's proposed retreat from terrorist strongholds in Judea and Samaria. In addition, as rabbis our obligation is to teach,...
  • Rabbis Forbid Hitchhiking at This Time

    06/29/2006 6:30:56 AM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 4 replies · 243+ views ^ | 16:11 Jun 29, '06 / 3 Tammuz 5766 | Hillel Fendel
    Rabbis Forbid Hitchhiking at This Time 16:11 Jun 29, '06 / 3 Tammuz 5766 by Hillel Fendel "One who takes a dangerous chance at this time endangers the entire public," leading religious-Zionist rabbis ruled. Hamas terrorists threaten to kidnap more Israelis. A ruling issued today by Rabbis Avraham Shapira, Dov Lior and others states that one may not stand in dangerous places to wait for rides. "One who takes an unreasonable chance in this matter," the ruling states, "endangers the entire public - because the government is liable to be forced to release terrorists." The rabbis also place the onus...
  • Decision time on gays in synagogues

    06/12/2006 7:38:16 AM PDT · by Alouette · 12 replies · 454+ views
    YNet ^ | June 12, 2006 | Rabbi Rodef Tzedek
    Conservative and Masorti rabbinical organizations must decide about how inclusive they will be on full participation by gays in Jewish, congregational life The mainstream Jewish community has not been in a hurry to embrace gay Jews as full participants in Jewish communal life. A cursory reading of the Orthodox press reveals the vile and outrageous statements made by too many Orthodox rabbis. There are all too few Orthodox shuls where gays may feel comfortable if they are out of the closet. The Reform (and Reconstructionist) Movement has been far more open and welcoming. But many observant gay Jews prefer to...
  • Immigration Bill Grants Illegals In-state Tuition

    04/09/2006 2:55:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 909+ views
    Newsmax Insider Report | April 9, 2006 | Newsmax
    1. Immigration Bill Grants Illegals In-state Tuition After the Senate Judiciary Committee approved and distributed a proposal for granting legal status to many undocumented aliens, conservatives were alarmed to discover that the 471-page bill makes illegal aliens eligible for in-state tuition costs. Under the proposal, illegals could pay the low tuition charged students who attend state universities in their home state, while legal residents of the U.S. would still be required to pay the much higher costs charged students who attend schools outside their state, the Washington Times reports. "This means that while American citizens from Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina,...
  • Anti-Israel Rabbis Vow Hamas Support

    03/21/2006 3:27:51 PM PST · by Hal1950 · 22 replies · 881+ views
    AFP ^ | 22 March 2006
    A group of anti-Zionist rabbis has visited the Palestinian parliament to pledge their support for the prospective Hamas-led government. The rabbis from the small ultra-Orthodox movement Neturei Karta, which this month sent a delegation to Iran, travelled to the West Bank town of Ram Allah to express their support for the Islamic group. The group rejects the existence of the state of Israel as contrary to Jewish law and believes the land should be returned to Palestinians. Neturei Karta believe that no Jewish state should be created before the coming of the messiah. "We are true Jews who have come...
  • Conservative Jews to Consider Ending a Ban on Same-Sex Unions and Gay Rabbis

    03/06/2006 6:25:46 AM PST · by mikey565 · 119 replies · 1,282+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 6, 2006 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    In a closed-door meeting this week in an undisclosed site near Baltimore, a committee of Jewish legal experts who set policy for Conservative Judaism will consider whether to lift their movement's ban on gay rabbis and same-sex unions. In 1992, this same group, the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, declared that Jewish law clearly prohibited commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples and the admission of openly gay people to rabbinical or cantorial schools. The vote was 19 to 3, with one abstention. Since then, Conservative Jewish leaders say, they have watched as relatives, congregation members and even fellow rabbis publicly...
  • Being kind to the cruel

    02/28/2006 6:53:16 PM PST · by Sabramerican · 20 replies · 579+ views
    JERUSALEM POST ^ | Feb. 28, 2006 | Caroline Glick
    Being kind to the cruel Caroline Glick, THE JERUSALEM POST Feb. 28, 2006 On February 6, the General Synod of the Church of England voted to impose a selective secondary boycott on Israel. Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams supported the motion. This was not Williams's first swipe against the Jewish state. To take just one example of his consistent anti-Israel bias, in June 2004, during a visit to Jerusalem, Williams dismissed protocol and harshly criticized Israel for building the security fence to protect its citizens from mass murder. Britain's Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks reacted angrily to the synod's decision. In...
  • Rabbis slam 'evil government'

    02/11/2006 5:15:16 PM PST · by Alouette · 5 replies · 245+ views
    YNet ^ | Feb. 12, 2006 | Efrat Weiss
    Leaflets distributed at synagogues over weekend blast courts, permit violence against police Right-wing leaflets distributed in synagogues across the country over the weekend in the wake of violent clashes between settlers and security forces at the West Bank outpost of Amona featured scathing attacks against the government, courts, and police forces. "A government that acts against the people and its Torah is defined as a 'conspiracy of evil' and should be ignored," one such leaflet distributed across the nation read. The leaflet, entitled "Small World," also blasts High Court judges for allowing the evacuation of Amona to proceed and characterizes...
  • Rabbi's Son Nabs Slasher in Synagogue

    01/11/2006 1:13:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies · 445+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 11 3:44 PM US/Eastern | STEVE GUTTERMAN
    A knife-wielding man shouting "I will kill Jews!" attacked a synagogue in downtown Moscow Wednesday, slashing and stabbing at least eight people before the son of a rabbi wrestled him to the ground, officials and eyewitnesses said. Witnesses said the shaven-headed attacker yelled "Heil Hitler! as he aimed at victims' necks, heads or torsos in what appeared to be a well-planned attack. The attack at the Chabad Bronnaya synagogue came amid an increase in racist crimes and hate-group activity in Russia. Jewish leaders said it should send a message to Russian authorities and the public to fight prejudice. "If today's...
  • Rabbis convert India's 'lost tribe of Israel'

    09/27/2005 9:46:08 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 26 replies · 1,151+ views ^ | 9/27/2005 | Aaron Klein
    Rabbis convert 'lost tribe of Israel' Recognize 200 members of group believing it descended from Joseph ----------------------------------------------- Posted: September 26, 2005 11:03 p.m. Eastern By Aaron Klein © 2005 An official delegation of Israeli rabbis arrived in India last week and began converting to Judaism members of a group that believes it is one of the ten "lost tribes" of Israel, jump starting a process many hope will bring the tribe's remaining 7,000 members to the Jewish state. The Bnei Menashe say they are the descendants of Manasseh, one of biblical patriarch Joseph's two sons, and a grandson of...
  • (Bishop) Dolan to visit death camps during Jewish-Catholic trip

    09/11/2005 2:40:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 344+ views
    Journal Online ^ | September 9, 2005 | Tom Heinen
    Milwaukee Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan and six other Roman Catholic bishops from the United States will spend a day at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps later this month during a Jewish-Catholic study trip to Poland and Rome with three East Coast rabbis. I see (Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan) as a future cardinal and a very important leader of the Catholic community. - Rabbi Joseph Ehrenkranz,executive director of the Center for Christian-Jewish Understanding at Sacred Heart University This is not the first time U.S. bishops have visited the Auschwitz-area camps, the largest of the Nazi-run camps during World War II. Some 1.5...
  • School Boots Teachers' Union Fueling A Debate Among Conservative Rabbis

    09/05/2005 5:20:37 AM PDT · by gobucks · 13 replies · 478+ views
    Forward ^ | 2 Sept 2005 | Jennifer Siegel
    Just days before the start of classes this week, the trustees of a Conservative Jewish day school in suburban Detroit pulled the plug on its teachers' union. The controversial move followed an August 16 decision by the State of Michigan Court of Appeals, which said that teachers in religious schools throughout the state do not have the right to unionize. In the wake of the ruling, which came down in response to teachers seeking to unionize at a Catholic high school, the Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit ended recognition of its own long-standing teachers' union. "Teachers can decide whether...
  • Jerrold Nadler's Two Faces on Terror

    06/13/2005 5:29:37 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 1,257+ views ^ | June 13, 2005 | Jacob Laksin
    Jerrold Nadler's Two Faces on Terror By Jacob | June 13, 2005Last Friday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on the Patriot Act had already been adjourned, but Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic blimpish congressman from New York and one of the leftmost members of the House Judiciary Committee, was too wound up to care: “We are not besmirching the honor of the United States, we are trying to uphold it,” bellowed the hefty Nadler. By this, Nadler meant to defend his attacks on the alleged abuses of the (in fact) privileged  prisoners in Guantanamo Bay. Thanks to the efforts of the...
  • Rabbis Look for Lost Flock (Went to India)

    06/04/2005 12:18:34 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies · 504+ views
    Hindustan Times ^ | June 3, 2005 | SK Ahuja
    An exodus from the Promised Land has left Jewish religious leaders worried. Israeli youths, fresh out of their three-year mandatory army service, are leaving their strife-torn country and reaching India in droves in search of peace. More than 10,000 men and women make their way towards places like Manali, Dharamshala and Kasauli every year where they find peace in Hinduism, nature, and, sometimes, drugs. Many marry locals, convert to Hinduism and cut off all contact with family in Israel. “We find peace here. This is a nice place to unwind after facing hardships back in Israel which is facing a...
  • Jewish-Catholic unity might be pope's legacy

    03/02/2005 10:31:19 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies · 799+ views
    Newsday ^ | March 1, 2005 | RITA CIOLLI
    Prominent Jewish and Catholic leaders meeting in New York yesterday said the spirit of respect and cooperation between the two religions forged by Pope John Paul II is now so strong that it would continue beyond his papacy. "I am optimistic that what this pope has done for the last 26 years cannot be reversed," said Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Vatican council responsible for Jewish-Catholic relations. He added that "everyone can only be happy about the progress that has been made, which is so important for peace in the world." The World Jewish Congress is hosting the two-day...
  • Rabbis Call for World Jewry to Stop Disengagement

    02/25/2005 9:57:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies · 375+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | 2-25-05 | staff
    In speeches and in open letters, respected rabbis and Hassidic leaders are calling upon Jews the world over to join the struggle against the government's plan to withdraw from parts of Israel. In speeches and in open letters, respected rabbis and Hassidic leaders are calling upon Jews the world over to join the struggle against the government's plan to withdraw from parts of the Land of Israel. In coming days, the Pikuach Nefesh organization, made up of rabbis opposed to relinquishing Israeli territory, will publicize a strongly-worded open letter calling upon rabbis and Jewish leaders worldwide to put pressure on...
  • The true threat to hesder (Israeli Military Yeshivot)

    10/24/2004 10:25:45 PM PDT · by Alouette · 10 replies · 344+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Oct. 25, 2004
    Many leading rabbis in hesder yeshivas – which combine religious studies with military service – have lately endorsed appeals to their student-soldiers to shun participation in the implementation of the projected disengagement from Gaza and, more specifically, to play no part in evicting Jewish residents. This has instantly produced the expected political reactions, including demands from Labor's Amram Mitzna and Ophir Pines-Paz that special arrangements for hesder conscripts be abrogated. MK Matan Vilna'i (Labor) went a step further and urged in an Israel Radio interview last Thursday that the entire hesder framework be disbanded. There may be a kernel of...
  • Rabbis call for IDF to hit civilians if needed

    09/07/2004 12:22:58 PM PDT · by yonif · 13 replies · 350+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Sep. 7, 2004 | MATTHEW GUTMAN AND RONIT SELA
    A group of prominent right wing rabbis on Tuesday issued a potentially inflammatory public call on the government to fight terrorism more tenaciously and to heed no difference between civilian and combatant in battle. The call by West Bank, Gaza, and right wing rabbis from Israel proper, arrived just a few hours after an IDF strike in Gaza killed 15 people – all of them Hamas members, according to a Hamas spokesman. The group of rabbis, headed by former MK and Chairman of the popular Bnei Akiva youth movement Haim Drukman (National Religious Party), said the army's policy in Palestinian...