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  • Jewish activists suing police for action at Million Man March

    NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (JTA) – Two years after the Million Man March filled Washington’s central mall with supporters of Louis Farrakhan, two Jewish protesters are suing the National Park Police. Ronn Torossian and Moshe Maoz claim that their civil rights were violated when police told them to leave the mall, tore signs out of…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD `Chosen Beer’ sales grow among consumers desiring kosher brew

    NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (JTA) – In the beginning there was an idea and it was good: Jewish beer, named “He’Brew – The Chosen Beer.” The beginning, for beer developer Jeremy Cowan, was last Chanukah, and it was so good that he sold every bottle of his 100 cases almost as soon as they hit…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD With shofar and honey cakes, holidays come to Dalai Lama land

    NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (JTA) – Most Jews who find themselves in Dharamsala, India, go to find inspiration in the teachings of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Buddhist community. Now Azriel Cohen, an artist and Orthodox Jew from Toronto, has gone with a shofar tucked under his arm and two large honey cakes (baked…

  • ESSAY I’m taking my soul’s accounting; are our leaders doing it, too?

    NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (JTA) – I’ve been trying to integrate the practices of approaching the New Year into my life over the past few years, and feel particularly connected to two: Cheshbon HaNefesh, taking an account of my own soul, and Mechilah, which is about asking forgiveness from those whom I think I may…

  • Orthodox groups voice united stance against religious pluralism

    NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (JTA) – In their strongest and most unified public stance to date about religious pluralism and Jewish unity, four major American Orthodox organizations have issued a joint High Holiday statement condemning those who have challenged Israel’s religious status quo. In the statement titled “A heartfelt message to our fellow Jews,” the…

  • Tens of thousands to celebrate completion of daily Talmud study

    NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (JTA) – Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden is about to be transformed. Instead of being filled with boisterous sports fans or concert-going teen-agers, this Sunday the Garden will host some 26,000 Jews who have come to celebrate the fact that they have studied the entire Talmud – all 2,711 pages of it,…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES At time of bitter divisiveness, are the Jewish people splitting?

    NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (JTA) – It has been a dozen years since Rabbi Irving “Yitz”” Greenberg warned that the Jewish people were headed toward an unbridgeable schism. In an essay titled “Will There Be One Jewish People in the Year 2000?”” the prominent New York Orthodox rabbi predicted that a split would occur sometime…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Evangelical Christians dig deep, raise vast sums for Jewish causes

    NEW YORK, Sept. 14 (JTA) – Carolyn and Fritz Brandt, who live in an Arkansas hamlet nestled among the Ozarks, have donated about $50,000 during the last three years to the United Jewish Appeal. What makes their gift unusual is that they are people of modest means – they cashed in retirement savings to make…