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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...
  • Rabbis Proclaim Absolute Right to Self-Defense

    09/07/2004 8:01:31 AM PDT · by yonif · 10 replies · 381+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 16:53 Sep 07, '04 / 21 Elul 5764
    Leading rabbis, among them heads of hesder yeshivot and members of the Yesha Rabbis Council, issued a proclamation today stating that Israel's security needs override the welfare of Arab civilians living in the terror-infested Palestinian Authority. "There is no need to avoid hitting or even killing Palestinians who are not involved in terrorism when this will harm the efforts to defend Israeli lives," the statement reads. "Jewish Law provides that during war time, such as that which we are now experiencing, there is no difference between the populace and the army. If a danger arises to Israeli soldiers or to...
  • Rabbis Oppose Schwarzenegger on Calif. Licenses

    06/23/2004 7:37:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 62 replies · 332+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 6/23/04 | Steve Gorman - Reuters
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Several rabbis weighed in on Wednesday against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (news - web sites)'s idea for adding a distinguishing mark to driver's licenses that would be given to illegal immigrants, saying it harks back to Holocaust-era persecution of Jews. In an open letter to Arnold Schwarzenegger, six Los Angeles rabbis wrote that his suggestion for allowing undocumented aliens to obtain driver's permits with a special emblem denoting their immigration status would subject them to "scorn and ethnic discrimination." "You are a person of faith, an immigrant and one who has been a friend to the Jewish...
  • Yesha rabbis attack Likud ministers over Gaza plan

    04/21/2004 8:22:28 PM PDT · by yonif · 1 replies · 139+ views
    Haaretz ^ | April 21, 2004 | Nadav Shragai
    The Yesha rabbinical council of the West Bank and Gaza Strip issued a letter Wednesday attacking Likud ministers who support the disengagement plan and calling on them to oppose the plan in the Likud's internal referendum on May 2. The open letter called the Likud ministers "politicians who sell weakness and despair." The rabbis asked whether the ministers "agree that the children of Ophir Cohen's family, whose legs were cut off on their way to school and who have been rehabilitated and returned to Kfar Darom [a central Gaza Strip settlement], will be exiled from there, this time by Jews,...
  • Terrorists Targeting Leading Rabbis

    03/26/2004 9:42:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 152+ views
    Arutz 7 ^ | March 26, 2004 | staff
    Intelligence community officials have informed prominent rabbinical figures that they have been targeted by terrorists and instructed the rabbis to act accordingly. Chief Rabbis Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar have been informed by intelligence community officials that they are potential targets for terrorists and must take the appropriate precautions. Also on the terrorists' lists are Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau and leading Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri. Some of the rabbis have already made changes in their schedule in compliance with intelligence and security officials' recommendations. Rabbi Yosef, for instance, has canceled some of...
  • Why we are losing the 'gay marriage' battle

    02/24/2004 7:13:23 AM PST · by joesnuffy · 24 replies · 334+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 24, 2004 | Richard D. Ackerman
    Why we are losing the 'gay marriage' battle Posted: February 24, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern Richard D. Ackerman © 2004 While everyone would like to claim that the homosexual "marriage" battle has energized the Christian majority in America, nothing could be further from the truth. The recent events in San Francisco and Massachusetts are the ultimate testimony to our lack of energy and desire to please God. We are currently losing this battle because we deserve to lose this battle. There are several reasons why we will not win this battle until we change our wicked ways. First, our...
  • Jews make case versus Mel's movie

    02/20/2004 9:18:38 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 149 replies · 820+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | TRACY CONNOR
    Coming soon to a synagogue near you: "The Passion: The Counteroffensive." Jewish groups across the city are gearing up for the premiere of Mel Gibson's movie with sermons, forums and press conferences on the death of Christ. Their aim is to fight any suggestion that Jews - two millennia ago and today - are responsible for Jesus' crucifixion. "We are not into boycotts, but it's important to sensitize people to the concerns we have," said Joel Levy, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. "The movie is a modern-day passion play, and passion plays historically have been the occasion for lots...
  • Rabbis let man take second wife [his wife is in a vegetative state]

    01/26/2004 5:46:11 PM PST · by yonif · 12 replies · 767+ views ^ | January 27, 2004 | AFP
    ISRAELI rabbinical authorities have given a man whose wife has been declared brain dead exceptional permission to take a second spouse, the Maariv daily reported Monday. The state of Israel normally forbids bigamy in accordance with the guidance of the Edict of Rabbi Gershom, a rabbinical text dating back to the Middle Ages. But if a woman is no longer of sound mind and cannot agree to a divorce, rabbis can authorise a second marriage. The paper said that the request had been submitted by a husband, who is in his late 50s, from a Jewish settlement in the northern...
  • The Rabbis´ Meeting With Pope: Immediate Results (John Paul II is "Best Pope in History" Rabbi says)

    01/22/2004 9:18:51 AM PST · by Alouette · 7 replies · 128+ views
    Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger spoke with Arutz-7 this morning about his visit last week, together with Chief Rabbi Rishon LeTzion Shlomo Amar, with Pope John Paul II in the Vatican. He told of "immediate and wondrous results." Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger spoke with Arutz-7's Uzi Baruch this morning about his visit last week, together with Chief Rabbi Rishon LeTzion Shlomo Amar, with Pope John Paul II in the Vatican. He said that the meeting had more historic value than practical value, "but we were told in advance that this would be the case. In the Vatican, there is no such...
  • Israel seeks return of Temple artifacts

    01/16/2004 12:15:49 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 156+ views ^ | Friday, January 16, 2003
    MUCH ABOUT HISTORYIsrael seeks returnof Temple artifacts Rabbis urge Vatican to permit search of storerooms for treasures Posted: January 16, 20041:00 a.m. Eastern © 2004 When Israel's chief rabbis meet Pope John Paul II today, they will seek permission to search Vatican storerooms for artifacts such as the huge golden menorah that stood in the Temple in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. Vatican officials confirmed to the Associated Press the meeting would take place but declined comment on the rabbis' request. Yehuda Metzger and Shlomo Amar are to have an audience with Pope John Paul, the first by Israel's chief rabbis in...
  • The Two Chief Rabbis Of Israel Have Historic Meeting With Pope John Paul II

    01/16/2004 11:48:58 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 156+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | January 16, 2004
    ROME, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The two Chief Rabbis of Israel, Yona Metzger and Shlomo Amar, met today with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican to discuss the need for the world's religious leaders to help stem a rising tide of anti- Semitism and terror throughout the world and to continue to decry attacks on the very sanctity of life. It was the first time both chief rabbis met together with His Holiness. Both Rabbis called the 30-minute talk with the Pope "historic" and productive. The meeting was arranged by the Vatican's Ambassador to Jerusalem Henazio Puerto Sambi amid...
  • The president discusses his faith at New Year meeting with rabbis

    10/07/2003 4:20:35 AM PDT · by veronica · 5 replies · 234+ views ^ | 9-30-03 | Matthew E. Berger
    President Bush marked the Jewish New Year by telling a roomful of rabbis about his faith and how it helped make him a better man. Some 15 rabbis representing the three main denominations spent an hour at the White House on Monday discussing a range of topics, including Iraq, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, poverty and faith-based initiatives. Rabbi Steven Pruzanski of Teaneck, N.J., said Bush twice became emotional: while discussing his recent trip to the site of the Auschwitz death camp and when he talked about how people pray for him. Bush spoke openly about his drinking problem of years past,...
  • Jewish soldiers in Iraq celebrate holidays in Saddam´s former palace

    09/30/2003 3:28:01 PM PDT · by veronica · 20 replies · 309+ views
    JTA,org ^ | 9-30-03 | Joe Berkofsky
    Maj. David Rosner, shown here in a C-130 tranport plane, has worked on both the military and post-war operations in Iraq. When Rabbi Mitchell Ackerson blew the shofar this past Rosh Hashanah, it reverberated throughout one of Saddam Hussein´s former palaces. More than 100 Jewish members of the U.S. forces stationed in Iraq attended the High Holiday services at the former Iraqi dictator´s Baghdad compound. They seemed shocked and awed, not least by the echo. "It was a 25-foot ceiling, so it really goes," Ackerson said, describing the shofar´s blast in a telephone interview from Baghdad on Monday. Many of...
  • Days of awe: Meeting with President Bush

    09/30/2003 2:04:17 PM PDT · by NYC Republican · 31 replies · 483+ views ^ | 9/30/03 | Big Trunk
    On Sunday night I wrote that our rabbi (Jonathan Ginsburg of St. Paul's Temple of Aaron) would be meeting with the president on Monday afternoon. Here is Rabbi Ginsburg's account of his meeting yesterday with President Bush, retaining Rabbi Ginsburg's subject headings: "It started with a phone call from Senator Coleman the Monday night before Rosh Hashanah telling me that the President wanted to meet with a few rabbis right after Rosh Hashanah, and asking me if I could go to Washington to meet with him. Senator Coleman told me about his recent trip to Cuba and meeting with the...
  • Wesley Clark's Jewish Roots (He Claims his ancestors were/are rabbis.")

    09/22/2003 1:30:09 AM PDT · by KQQL · 85 replies · 538+ views
    jewishtimes ^ | 09/22/2002 | Ron Kampeas
    Raised a Southern Baptist who later converted to Roman Catholicism, Gen. Wesley Clark knew just what to say when he strode into a Brooklyn yeshiva in 1999, ostensibly to discuss his leadership of NATO's victory in Yugoslavia. "I feel a tremendous amount in common with you," the uniformed four-star general told the stunned roomful of students. "I am the oldest son, of the oldest son, of the oldest son -- at least five generations, and they were all rabbis." The incident could be a signal of how Clark, who became the 10th contender in the Democratic run for the presidency...
  • Latest contender for president comes from long line of rabbis

    09/20/2003 6:04:59 PM PDT · by millefleur · 105 replies · 1,459+ views
    JTA ^ | September 17, 2003 | Ron Kampeas
    BEHIND THE HEADLINES Latest contender for president comes from long line of rabbis By Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON, Sept. 17 (JTA) — Raised a Southern Baptist who later converted to Roman Catholicism, Gen. Wesley Clark knew just what to say when he strode into a Brooklyn yeshiva in 1999, ostensibly to discuss his leadership of NATO´s victory in Yugoslavia. "I feel a tremendous amount in common with you," the uniformed four-star general told the stunned roomful of students. "I am the oldest son, of the oldest son, of the oldest son — at least five generations, and they were all rabbis."
  • Rabbi tells Moore Jews support display (of the Ten Commandments)

    08/21/2003 3:47:11 PM PDT · by dennisw · 36 replies · 189+ views
    Birmingham News ^ | 08/18/03 | STAN BAILEY
    Rabbi tells Moore Jews support display 08/18/03 STAN BAILEY News staff writer MONTGOMERY - Thousands of American Jews support Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's display of the Ten Commandments in the state judicial building rotunda, an Orthodox rabbi from New York told him Friday. Rabbi Yehuda Levin, saying he represents 1,000 rabbis and 750,000 Orthodox Jews in two national organizations, gave Moore an embroidered likeness of the Ten Commandments and blessed him in a special prayer. "May the Author of the Decalogue give you the strength and the fortitude to be successful in your righteous struggle and be an effective...
  • Two Rabbinical Groups Support "Ten Commandments" Judge Roy Moore

    08/20/2003 6:12:00 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 33 replies · 1,163+ views
    Jews for Morality ^ | 8/15/03 | Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada; Rabbinical Alliance of America
    Please click on the hyperlink to read the press release. (And my apologies if this has already been posted.)
  • Two Major Rabbinical Groups Support "Ten Commandments" Judge Roy Moore

    08/18/2003 1:10:07 PM PDT · by Vindiciae Contra TyrannoSCOTUS · 7 replies · 213+ views
    Jews for Morality ^ | August 15, 2003 | RABBI YEHUDA LEVIN
    Two major Rabbinical organizations, representing over 1000 Orthodox Rabbis, today declared their support for Alabama Chief Judge Roy Moore in his battle to keep the Ten Commandments on display in the Supreme Court building in Montgomery, Alabama.Lawyer groups, led by the ACLU, have demanded that Judge Moore remove the display, citing church-state concerns; and Federal Judge Myron Thompson has given Judge Moore a deadline of August 20 to remove the display. But Judge Moore is refusing to be intimidated.Rabbi Hirsch Ginsberg of the Union of Orthodox Rabbis said: "The Ten Commandments are the basis of civilized society and the rule...
  • "Gay pride parade in Tel Aviv is `shameful and bowing to the inferior culture of ancient Greece`"

    06/27/2003 12:21:39 PM PDT · by yonif · 25 replies · 229+ views
    Yesha Council of rabbis: Gay pride parade in Tel Aviv is `shameful and bowing to the inferior culture of ancient Greece`
  • Rabbis Union: No One Has the Right to Give Away the Land

    06/24/2003 11:00:49 AM PDT · by yonif · 7 replies · 190+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 18:49 Jun. 24, '03 / 24 Sivan 5763
    Some 400 rabbis from all over the country gathered together at a Renaissance Hotel hall in Jerusalem yesterday under the auspices of the Ichud HaRabbanim (Rabbis Union), led by former Chief Rabbi Avraham Shapira, to protest against the plan to give up parts of the Land of Israel to foreign rule. Rishon LeTzion Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu said, "No one, from the simplest person to even the Prime Minister, has the right to cede even one granule of the Land of Israel! The Holy One, blessed be He, gave it to us! To us alone He gave it!" Other speakers were...
  • Rabbis: Israeli govt has no right to declare a Palestinian state

    06/23/2003 11:39:43 AM PDT · by yonif · 19 replies · 248+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 23, 2003 | THE JERUSALEM POST INTERNET STAFF
    A council of Rabbis opposed to the 'road map' peace plan released a statement Monday that voiced their opposition to a Palestinian state as part of the peace formula of the 'road map' plan. "No government has any right or mandate to decree the establishment of any foreign state or to give over any part of the State of Israel to foreigners," read the statement. The Rabbis also wrote that any move to give the Palestinians a state was null and void "in the name of God of Israel who promised the Land of Israel to the nation of Israel...
  • Rabbis said to call for 'transfer' of Arabs

    06/16/2003 8:31:43 AM PDT · by yonif · 52 replies · 232+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | Jun. 15, 2003 | ABIGAIL RADOSZKOWICZ
    Pointing out that Palestinians use the language of religion to promote their jihad against the Jewish state rather than the language of Aqaba, Rabbi Dov Lior, the chairman of the Council of Rabbis of Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip, quoted traditional Jewish sources in his call on Arab countries last Thursday to award the "right of return" to Palestinian Arabs. Radio stations and newspapers over the weekend reported Lior's statement as a call for the "transfer" of Arabs. A source closed to the council explained that Lior's stance was based on Jewish law, which holds that those who do...

    08/13/2002 4:25:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 91+ views
    TCR NEWS ^ | August 2002 | David Berger
    On Dominus Iesus and the JewsDr. David BergerRabbinical Council of America[Delivered at the 17th meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee, New York, May 1, 2001.]The Declaration Dominus Iesus, issued in September 2000 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, aroused deep concern among many Jews and not a few Catholics. Let me first survey the specific areas of concern, proceed to address the question of whether or not Jews can plausibly be said to lie outside the effective scope of the document, and finally express some personal views about the propriety or impropriety of the objections that...
  • Rabbis threat to sue FBI reflects widespread outrage

    07/15/2002 8:18:09 PM PDT · by RCW2001 · 15 replies · 228+ views
    BEHIND THE HEADLINES Rabbis’ threat to sue FBIreflects widespread outrage By Rachel Pomerance NEW YORK, July 15 (JTA) — A group of rabbis is threatening to sue the FBI unless it calls the shooting at Los Angeles’ International Airport a terrorist act. Although mainstream Jewish groups are distancing themselves from such a move — the head of the Anti-Defamation League called it “absurd” — the sentiment of the suit reflects widespread Jewish outrage over the FBI’s reluctance to brand the incident a terrorist act. On July 4, an Egyptian national, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, fired at El Al’s ticket counter...