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Rabbi Linden, others commit to daily Talmud study


BALTIMORE (JTA) – Watching coverage of the Siyum HaShas celebration in New Jersey this summer, Rabbi Ethan Linden said he wasn’t impressed by the spectacle of 90,000 Jews packed into a football stadium glorifying Talmud study. Rather, Linden said, he was impressed by the discipline: the daily learning of Talmud that untold thousands around the world undertook to complete the Daf Yomi, the page-a-day Talmud study cycle...

Can Avi Weiss’ successor secure YCT’s place in Orthodox world?


NEW YORK (JTA) – When Rabbi Asher Lopatin takes over the helm of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah next summer, he may try to pull off something of a football move at the Modern Orthodox rabbinical school: Look left while going right. In the 12 years since Rabbi Avi Weiss founded the school as a more liberal, pulpit-focused alternative to Yeshiva University’s scholarship-focused ordination program, Chovevei has produced more than...

Soloveichik vs. Wolpe: Two rabbis, two parties, two political philosophies


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA) — Republicans and Democrats may not have much common ground this election year, yet their national conventions shared one feature: Both gatherings were blessed from the podium by prominent American rabbis. The Democrats had Rabbi David Wolpe, a best-selling author and leader of a prominent (capital-c) Conservative synagogue in Los Angeles. The Republicans had Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, a rising star within Modern Orthodoxy and...

Art Modell, former NFL owner, dies

BALTIMORE (JTA) –  Art Modell, former owner of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, has died. The 87-year-old Modell, a pioneer of the National Football League’s partnership with television networks, died Thursday of natural causes at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Modell was well-known for his philanthropic activities and had been a supporter of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. He also chaired a $100 million drive to build a...

Democrats to return Jerusalem-as-capital language to party platform


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA) — Democrats are returning language affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to their party platform at President Obama’s behest, a Jewish campaign surrogate told JTA. Two sources confirmed to JTA that the party’s platform committee was meeting in Charlotte, the site of this year’s Democratic National Convention, on Wednesday evening to return language in the 2008 platform to this year’s platform.

“They are returning the...

Jews in the Bible Belt’s small towns face curiosity, ignorance


CHATTANOOGA, TN. (JTA) — Sometimes, Benjamin Rosenthal thinks about leaving the small town of Indianola, Miss., pop. 11,000, where he spent most of his life. “It’s very easy to lose your identity in the Bible Belt in a town when you are the religious minority,” said Rosenthal, 25.

In the Bible Belt, religion rules and Jesus is king, particularly in the small towns and cities that make up...

At Democratic Convention, a focus on Jewish swing voters


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA) — Jewish swing voters could make or break President Obama’s bid for reelection. At least that’s the case that Democratic Party leaders made in a training session that packed one of the larger halls at the convention center here on Monday, the day before the formal start of the Democratic National Convention.

It came with a message delivered to Jewish volunteers at the convention...

Rabbi Wolpe to deliver invocation for Dems

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles will deliver the invocation at a session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Wolpe said his prayer on Wednesday evening will focus on the ideals animating the United States. The prayer will precede speeches by Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate seat from Massachusetts, and former President Bill Clinton.

This year, Wolpe...

JFNA issues condemnation of recent Israeli attacks on Arabs

(Editor’s Note: The Jewish Federations of North America, through a spokesperson, issued this statement of condemnation yesterday. It is presented without edit or comment.)

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) strongly condemns recent attacks on Arabs in Israel, while recognizing the country’s leadership for its strong stance against such violence. We applaud Prime Minister Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders who have forcefully expressed their dismay and opposition to these...

Gabby Giffords heads home to Tucson

(JTA) — Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has moved home to Tucson. Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, reportedly bought a home recently in Tucson and moved in on Sunday. She had spent the last year-and-a-half in Houston undergoing rehabilitation after being shot during a constituent event in Tucson in January 2011.

The Arizona Democrat resigned from Congress in January to concentrate on her rehabilitation. She will continue her therapy...