May 17, 2009
Re "No Obama prayer day service," May 8 Allow me to relay some advice to all the fundamentalists who feigned disappointment when the White House did not host an event on the "National Day of Prayer." It comes from a source they are, evidently, not well acquainted with: "And whenever you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to stand in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they will be seen by people. I tell you with certainty, they have their full reward," as stated by Jesus in the sixth chapter of Matthew.
February 9, 2009 |
Authorities arrested 11 people, including seven police officers, suspected of carrying out an attack on a Caracas synagogue that raised concerns of rising anti-Semitism in Venezuela, officials said. The attorney general's office said an agent of the federally controlled investigative police force and one of the synagogue's security guards were among those arrested during raids over the weekend. On Jan. 30, about 15 people overpowered two security guards at the Tiferet Israel Synagogue, shattering religious objects and spray-painting "Jews, get out" on the walls.
February 1, 2009 |
An armed group vandalized Caracas' oldest synagogue, shattering religious objects and spray-painting walls in what Jewish leaders called the worst attack ever on their community in Venezuela. Two security guards were overpowered late Friday by about 15 people who left graffiti such as, "We don't want murderers," and "Jews, get out." The synagogue canceled Saturday's worship service.
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January 1, 2009 |
Three signs described by authorities as anti-Israel and pro-Hamas were posted on and near the Beth Jacob Congregation synagogue Tuesday morning in an incident police are investigating as a hate crime. Three 8 1/2 - by 11-inch signs written in marker were posted on a rear door of the building, on a metal utility box in front of the building and on another signal box a few hundred yards down the street, said Irvine Police Lt. Rick Handfield. Police declined to say specifically what the fliers said.
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December 29, 2008 |
When religion made news in California this year -- and it did frequently -- much of that news involved conflict. Religious leaders of various faiths squared off on Proposition 8, the successful statewide initiative to ban gay marriage. Rifts also continued in the Episcopal Church, largely prompted by differing views on the role of gays and lesbians in church life. But 2008 was also a time for new beginnings and of faiths coming together. As the year comes to a close, let's review a few of them.
October 12, 2008 |
The bank robber was looking to steal a getaway car and had a choice of two minivans, parked next to each other outside Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld's house here. One was a nondescript silver Toyota Sienna. The other was an old Dodge Caravan decorated with Stars of David and sporting a rooftop ad for a synagogue. Guess which one the robber took. "I don't know what he was thinking," said a mystified Herzfeld, rabbi of Ohev Sholom synagogue. "He thought he would blend right in?" Police say the robber used the synagogue's van when he held up a Commerce Bank in suburban Clinton, Md., on Sept.
April 19, 2008 |
Pope Benedict XVI on Friday called for collective diplomacy, and not "the decisions of a few," to resolve conflicts and said human rights had to be based on "unchanging justice" and not the legal whims of the day. Going before a special session of the United Nations, the pope also made a plea for religious freedom as a universal right.
April 4, 2008 |
During his first papal trip to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI will visit a synagogue led by a rabbi who survived the Holocaust, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said. Benedict will make a brief stop April 18 at Manhattan's Park East Synagogue, whose leader, Rabbi Arthur Schneier, lived under Nazi occupation in Budapest.
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December 15, 2007 |
Two members of a prison-based Islamic terrorist cell that authorities say was poised to attack military sites, synagogues and other targets across Southern California pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to conspiring to wage war against the United States. The plot, which police stumbled upon during a routine investigation into a gas station holdup, represented one of the most realistic terrorism threats on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, experts said.