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Oct 10, 2013 Rabbis plotted to kidnap husbands, force divorces, FBI says

QUOTE: A group of rabbis face kidnapping charges after allegedly arranging assaults of Orthodox Jewish husbands to persuade them to grant divorces to their wives, authorities said Thursday....Their goal? To obtain "gets," a document that Jewish law requires a husband to present to his wife in order to be issued a divorce, the complaint says.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 17, 2012 My Take: The danger of calling behavior ‘biblical’

QUOTE: The fact of the matter is, we all pick and choose. We’re all selective in our interpretation and application of the biblical text. The better question to ask one another is why we pick and choose the way that we do, why we emphasis some passages and not others.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Nov 14, 2012 Adultery, an Ancient Crime That Remains on Many Books

QUOTE: This is yet another example of American exceptionalism: in nearly the entire rest of the industrialized world, adultery is not covered by the criminal code. Like other state laws related to sex — sodomy, fornication, rape — adultery laws extend back to the Old Testament, onetime capital offenses stemming at least partly from a concern about male property.

New York Times
Jul 05, 2012 Israeli Identity Is at the Heart of a Debate on Service

QUOTE: On one level, the questions shaking the Israeli political system this week are pragmatic: how many ultra-Orthodox men and Arab citizens should be drafted into the military or national service, over how many years and how should those who resist be penalized?....At issue is not so much the pragmatic needs of the military, where integrating large numbers of Haredim promises to be more hassle than help, but a growing resentment over who serves the state and who reaps its rewards.

New York Times
Jan 14, 2012 Israelis Facing a Seismic Rift Over Role of Women

QUOTE: “Just as secular nationalism and socialism posed challenges to the religious establishment a century ago, today the issue is feminism,” said Moshe Halbertal, a professor of Jewish philosophy at Hebrew University. “This is an immense ideological and moral challenge that touches at the core of life, and just as it is affecting the Islamic world, it is the main issue that the rabbis are losing sleep over.”

New York Times
Nov 25, 2011 Israel’s Other Occupation (Op-Ed)

QUOTE: the legislature overrode the judiciary, when the Knesset passed a law authorizing community settlements in the Galilee and Negev to reject candidates who did not fit their “social-cultural fabric.”....Their legal battle led to an Israeli Supreme Court decision in 2000 that rejected discrimination against Arab citizens, stressing, “equality is one of the foundational principles of the State of Israel.”...In its current term, the Knesset has sought to turn parliamentary power against democratic principles and Israel’s Arab minority.

New York Times
Jul 06, 2011 Israel Debates Two-Day Weekends, and Its Lifestyle

QUOTE: Pretty much the entire Western world observes Saturday and Sunday as its weekend, and many in Israel would like to align the schedule here with that of the West....With nearly a fifth of the population Muslim Arab, a natural choice for the second day off would be Friday, the Islamic holy day.

New York Times
Apr 14, 2011 Should teens make circumcision decision?

QUOTE: "Why not wait to do the procedure until a time when it has an impact and when the person you're doing it to can give consent…” Babies receive no stitches, and get either no anesthetic or a local anesthetic, depending on who's doing the procedure.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Dec 28, 2010 Some Israelis Question Benefits for Ultra-Religious

QUOTE: a growing backlash to the privileges and subsidies long granted to the ultra-religious. The issue is not just the hundreds of millions of dollars doled out annually for seminaries and child allowances. Worry — and anger — is deepening about whether Israel can survive economically if it continues to encourage a culture of not working.

New York Times
Dec 12, 2010 Facebook Wrestles With Free Speech and Civility

QUOTE: Facebook took down a page used by WikiLeaks supporters to organize hacking attack...But it did not remove WikiLeaks’s own Facebook pages...illustrates the complexities that the company grapples with, on issues as diverse as that controversy, verbal bullying among teenagers, gay-baiting and religious intolerance.

New York Times
Apr 30, 2010 How Much to Donate? God Knows

QUOTE: If we’re going to try to set standards that might offer guidance for us all, shouldn’t we look not just at what people earn but what they have? Once you do, it suggests a whole new way of thinking about what to give and a couple of ways to donate higher amounts more easily.

New York Times
Apr 02, 2010 Vatican Priest Likens Criticism Over Abuse to Anti-Semitism

QUOTE: A senior Vatican priest, speaking before Pope Benedict XVI at a Good Friday service, compared the world’s outrage at sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church to the persecution of the Jews, prompting angry responses from victims’ advocates and consternation from Jewish groups.

New York Times
Aug 11, 2009 U.K.'s Jewish-School Ruling: Who Decides Who Is a Jew?

QUOTE: Faith schools across Britain are holding their breath and waiting to see if they will need to change their admissions procedures after Europe's largest Jewish school was last week given the right to appeal a court decision saying its entry policy was racist.

Time Magazine
Aug 09, 2009 In Israeli army, rabbis deepen religious tone. Is that kosher?

QUOTE: Beyond charges of misconduct and war crimes, Israel's recent war in Gaza against Hamas fanned accusations that [chief rabbi Brig. Gen. Avichai Rontzki] Mr. Rontzki is trying to remake the soldiers in his own hard-line religious nationalist image. At stake, critics warn, is the possible politicization of a military built as a people's army above the political fray.

Christian Science Monitor
Jul 26, 2009 Latin American Jews contend with spike in anti-Semitism: Derogatory political statements and attacks on synagogues have increased since Israel's January war in Gaza.

QUOTE: Across Latin America, Jewish leaders say they are contending with a new level of anti-Semitism that heated up after Israel's military operation in Gaza in December.

Christian Science Monitor
Dec 24, 2008 In Madoff Scandal, Jews Feel an Acute Betrayal

QUOTE: Here is a Jew accused of cheating Jewish organizations trying to help other Jews, they say, and of betraying the trust of Jews and violating the basic tenets of Jewish law. A Jew, they say, who seemed to exemplify the worst anti-Semitic stereotypes of the thieving Jewish banker....In addition to theft, the Torah discusses another kind of stealing, geneivat da’at, the Hebrew term for deception or stealing someone’s mind. “In the rabbinic mind-set, he’s guilty of two sins: one is theft, and the other is deception,” said Burton L. Visotzky, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary.

New York Times
Nov 07, 2008 Jewish Law's Meaning of Death Nears Court Fight: Parents Reject Doctors' Stand On Boy With Brain Tumor

QUOTE: the hospital says treating him is "offensive to good medical ethics" because, unlike the highly publicized cases of Terri Schiavo and Karen Ann Quinlan, the boy has no brain activity. His parents, Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn, say their faith does not define death in that way, and they reject the hospital's pronouncements that their son has been dead since Tuesday.

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2008 In Israel, A Clash Over Who Is a Jew: Ultra-Orthodox Contest Conversions

QUOTE: On one side are ultra-Orthodox leaders who are using their long-standing dominance of Israel's rabbinical court system -- which has authority over marriages, divorces and conversions -- to tighten restrictions governing who can become Jewish...Those on the other side are much more concerned with demographics...

Washington Post
Jul 08, 2008 Saudi king set to lead rare interfaith talks in Spain: The three-day conference of religious leaders will start July 16 in Madrid.

QUOTE: Not only is Saudi Arabia the birthplace of Islam, but it also is the wellspring of an austere, exclusivist version of Sunni Islam. Sometimes called Wahhabism, it bans the open practice of other faiths in the kingdom and tends to reject inter-religious dialogue with non-Muslim "infidels." Ever since the kingdom experienced its own terrorist attacks in 2003-04, however, Abdullah and other officials have been stressing a more moderate, tolerant expression of their faith, sometimes over opposition from hard-liners in the religious establishment.

Christian Science Monitor
Jun 24, 2008 Evangelist accuses Obama of 'distorting' Bible

QUOTE: In comments aired on his radio show Tuesday, Focus on the Family founder James Dobson criticized the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for comments he made in a June 2006 speech to the liberal Christian group Call to Renewal. In the speech, Obama suggested that it would be impractical to govern based solely on the word of the Bible, noting that some passages suggest slavery is permissible and eating shellfish is disgraceful.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 13, 2008 Hundreds Are Arrested in U.S. Sweep of Meat Plant

QUOTE: The former supervisor, the affidavit said, estimated that 80 percent of the employees were in the United States illegally.

New York Times
Apr 19, 2008 On Religion: Gay Men Breaking Ground at a Jewish Seminary

QUOTE: One week earlier, the leading seminary of Conservative Judaism had dropped its longstanding ban on admitting, teaching or ordaining openly gay students to be rabbis. Ten days later, Mr. Weininger had his interview at Jewish Theological Seminary, seeking to be the first person to break those barriers.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2008 School Board to Pay in Jesus Prayer Suit

QUOTE: At [her daughter's] high school graduation in 2004, a minister’s prayer proclaiming Jesus as the only way to the truth nudged [a local woman] to ask the school board to consider more generic and less exclusionary prayers...As news of the request spread, many local Christians saw it as an effort to limit the free exercise of religion, residents said.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2008 How Do You Prove You’re a Jew?

QUOTE: In recent years, [Israel's] Chief Rabbinate and its branches in each Israeli city have adopted an institutional attitude of skepticism toward the Jewish identity of those who enter its doors...the rabbinate, one arm of the state, increasingly treats American Jews as doubtful cases: not Jewish until proved so.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2008 Whose Jerusalem Is It, Anyway? Should diaspora Jews have a say in the political negotiations about Jerusalem?

QUOTE: The more extreme advocates for diaspora input say [Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert] does not have the right to compromise on Jerusalem without broader Jewish consent. More moderate voices concede that the final decision will be taken by Israel, but they demand to be consulted, whatever that means.

Slate
Jan 18, 2008 Unintended Consequences: The Case of the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker

QUOTE: ...[economists] found that when the A.D.A. [American With Disabilities Act] was enacted in 1992, it led to a sharp drop in the employment of disabled workers...Employers, concerned that they wouldn’t be able to discipline or fire disabled workers who happened to be incompetent, apparently avoided hiring them in the first place...How long have such do-good laws been backfiring?

New York Times
Jan 16, 2008 U.S. religious freedom is being eroded, advocates say: Misconceptions and ignorance are weakening the Constitution's 'first freedom.'

QUOTE: "A great many Americans don't define religious liberty as a universal right for everyone,"...a weakening in federal courts in recent years of the First Amendment provisions relating to religion, a development that could endanger the rights of minority faiths.

Christian Science Monitor
Nov 20, 2007 Are Scientists Playing God? It Depends on Your Religion

QUOTE: Asia offers researchers new labs, fewer restrictions and a different view of divinity and the afterlife. In South Korea, when Hwang Woo Suk reported creating human embryonic stem cells through cloning, he did not apologize for offending religious taboos. He justified cloning by citing his Buddhist belief in recycling life through reincarnation.

New York Times
Nov 02, 2007 A Modern Marketplace for Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox

QUOTE: five ultra-Orthodox Jews assaulted a woman and an Israeli soldier on a bus bound for Beit Shemesh. The men demanded that the woman sit in the back of the bus; when she refused and asked the soldier to sit next to her, they beat them both. When the police came, dozens of ultra-Orthodox men attacked them while the assailants escaped.

New York Times
Sep 10, 2007 Prisons Purge Books on Faith From Libraries

QUOTE: The chaplains were directed by the Bureau of Prisons to clear the shelves of any books, tapes, CDs and videos that are not on a list of approved resources. In some prisons, the chaplains have recently dismantled libraries that had thousands of texts collected over decades, bought by the prisons, or donated by churches and religious groups.

New York Times
Aug 28, 2007 DePaul pulls plug on controversial professor: Course cancelled a week before class

QUOTE: According to the norms of academia, a professor denied tenure has the right to a final year of teaching at the university that turns him down. The watchdog of those rights is the American Association of University Professors, the umbrella organization of college teachers, which can censure a school found in violation of its ground rules. Such a finding also can be the preliminary to a lawsuit against the university by the faculty member.

Chicago Tribune
Jun 14, 2007 Losing Count

QUOTE: After 60 years, Holocaust survivors are inching toward extinction. ... Most are in their 80s and 90s. Unless immediate measures are taken, many of those who survived the Nazi evil will soon die without a proper measure of dignity. .... Why aren’t the [various global financial settlements] being used to care for Holocaust survivors in whose name and for whose benefit these restitution initiatives were undertaken?

New York Times
Aug 19, 2006 Mohels to Mozambique: The case for genital mutilation

QUOTE: The strongest argument against circumcising babies to prevent HIV is that they're too young to consent, and they won't be at risk for the virus till they're grown. But we vaccinate babies all the time. Should we treat circumcision like a vaccine?

Slate
May 25, 2006 New Stamp To Honor WWII Envoy: Bingham Defied Policy To Help Jews Escape

QUOTE: ...Hiram Bingham IV, a blue-blood American diplomat in France, defied U.S. policy by helping Jews escape the Nazis in the early years of World War II. Bingham's actions cost him his Foreign Service career but won him the undying gratitude of the more than 2,000 refugees he helped save by issuing them travel visas and false passports...

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2005 Military Wrestles With Disharmony Among Chaplains

QUOTE: After accusations this summer that evangelical chaplains, faculty and coaches were pressuring cadets at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force yesterday issued new guidelines on respect for religious minorities. In the Navy, evangelical Protestant chaplains are fighting what they say is a legacy of discrimination....

Washington Post
Aug 30, 2005 Robertson Attacks Israel! Have the end times begun?

QUOTE: Is Podhoretz, who supports the withdrawal from Gaza, still willing to shrug off Robertson's "hoary anti-Semitic fantasies"?

Slate
Aug 06, 2005 Threat to Divest Is Church Tool in Israeli Fight

New York Times
Jun 13, 2005 Take God to Work Day: Why the law shouldn't bend over backward for religious employees

QUOTE: "Last month, the Supreme Court upheld a 2000 federal law that requires prisons to make exceptions to rules that conflict with the religious practices of inmates."

Slate
May 04, 2005 Air Force to Probe Religious Climate at Colorado Academy

QUOTE: The Air Force said yesterday it is creating a task force to address the religious climate at the U.S. Air Force Academy, following allegations that its faculty and staff have pressured cadets to convert to evangelical Christianity.

Washington Post
Mar 02, 2005 Take Two Tablets: The Supreme Court picks through the rubble of its Ten Commandments jurisprudence.

QUOTE: ...pair of [Supreme Court--Ed.] cases involving displays of the Ten Commandments on state property. At one level everything appears scholarly and doctrinal. Until you realize that the doctrine is a mess, and the justices are so tangled up in old tests, old glosses on old tests, and new glosses on new tests that they don't even know how to talk about the Establishment Clause cases, much less how to resolve them.

Slate
Nov 30, 2004 Money-Shifting Uproar Shakes World Jewish Congress

QUOTE: ...[The World Jewish Congress] forced Swiss banks to pay more than $1 billion to settle Holocaust-related claims. Now the organization that criticized those banks for their lack of transparency and accountability finds itself under attack on similar accusations - and from within the Jewish community.

New York Times
Nov 30, 2004 Videotapes Show Grisly Scenes at Kosher Slaughterhouse

QUOTE: An animal-rights group released grisly undercover videotapes today showing cows in a major kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa staggering and bellowing in seeming agony long after their throats were cut.

New York Times
Jan 01, 2004 Defect Disclosure: When do I have to let customers know about defects?

QUOTE: If I tell a customer the whole story when he first comes to look at a property, he may lose interest before he becomes aware of its advantages. How far can I put off disclosing some details?

Aish HaTorah
Dec 18, 2003 French President Urges Ban On Head Scarves in Schools: Chirac Confronts Spread of Islam

QUOTE: Warning that growing ethnic and religious divisions threaten to erode France's tradition of equality, President Jacques Chirac called Wednesday for a law that would ban Muslim head scarves and all other overt religious symbols from public schools.

Washington Post
Apr 06, 2003 High Court: Women's group can't read Torah at Wall

QUOTE: [Israel's higest court] ruled 5-4 Sunday that "Women of the Wall" - a group advocating women's prayer in the Western Wall plaza - is not allowed to conduct group prayer with a Torah scroll in front of the Wall.

Haaretz (Israel)
Jan 31, 2003 The Guilt of the Church: Daniel Goldhagen, the author of A Moral Reckoning, calls upon the Catholic Church to face its legacy of anti-Semitism and its role in the Holocaust

QUOTE: "What must a religion of love and goodness do to confront its history of hatred and harm, and to perform restitution?"

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)
Jan 23, 2003 Circumcision Opponents Use the Legal System and Legislatures

QUOTE: ...case appears to be the first to go to trial based on the theory that the absence of an exhaustive medical briefing about the risks and benefits of circumcision is tantamount to a lack of informed consent.

New York Times
Jan 20, 2002 Israeli Proposal Draws Alarm: Security Unit Recommends Reopening Temple Mount to Jews

QUOTE: Israel's domestic security service has recommended that Jews be allowed to resume visiting the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem's Old City...The mount, considered holy by Jews and Muslims alike, is fraught with competing religious claims and emotional resonance...

Washington Post
Nov 04, 2001 The Uncomfortable Question of Anti-Semitism

QUOTE: in recent weeks I have been reminded, in ways too plentiful to ignore, about the role Jews play in the fantasy life of the world. Jews were not the cause of World War II, but they were at the metaphysical center of that conflict nonetheless, since the Holocaust was part of Hitler's agenda and a key motivation of his campaign. Jews are not the cause of World War III, if that's what we are facing, but they have been placed at the center of it in mysterious and disturbing ways.

New York Times
Oct 14, 2001 The Ethicist: Group Dating

ABSTRACT: Is it proper for members of another religion to register for another religion's dating service?

New York Times

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