November 24, 2012 |
BELLO, Colombia — They were committed evangelicals, devoted to Jesus Christ. But what some here called a spark, an inescapable pull of their ancestors, led them in a different direction, to Judaism. There were the grandparents who wouldn't eat pork, the fragments of a Jewish tongue from medieval Spain that spiced up the language, and puzzling family rituals such as the lighting of candles on Friday nights. So, after a spiritual journey that began a decade ago, dozens of families that had once...
June 29, 2013 |
Andrew D. Pochter had a natural curiosity about the world and a love of language, and he wanted to work in the Middle East in hopes of pursuing peace and understanding. Pochter, 21, was killed Friday during anti-government demonstrations in Egypt. He was witnessing the protests as a bystander and was stabbed by a protester, according to a family statement and accounts of friends. Pochter, from Chevy Chase, was one of three killed and dozens injured in competing...
November 8, 2012
It is unbelievable that Human Rights Watch and Physicians for Human Rights can criticize Israel for turning away African migrants seeking refuge [" Israel closing its doors to illegal African migrants ," news, Nov. 3]. What about criticizing Egypt, which these migrants pass through but which won't allow them to stay? Or better yet, the "oppressive" countries whence they came: Eritrea and Sudan? Instead, Israel, a tiny country beset by terrorism while struggling to maintain its...
February 3, 2008 |
A Jan. 7 essay on Jewish identity, published on washingtonpost.com's popular On Faith site, caused a furor and led to two public apologies, a lost job and much recrimination. On Faith's moderators -- Sally Quinn , author and Post writer, and Newsweek editor Jon Meacham -- pose a thought-provoking question each week to a panel of religion experts. That week, it was: "PBS is airing a series on 'The Jewish Americans.' We know what 'Jewish identity' has meant in the past.
November 23, 2008 |
RESURRECTING HEBREW By Ilan Stavans Nextbook. 219 pp. $21 YEHUDA AMICHAI The Making of Israel's National Poet By Nili Scharf Gold Brandeis Univ. 445 pp. $35 In the Bible, the Book of Ezekiel begins with the heavens opening to reveal a stunning vision of God. Above the angels, astride a throne, like a fire encased in a frame, the prophet sees a kind of "hashmal. " This word is unique to Ezekiel's vision; in the entire Hebrew scriptures, it appears only there.
August 29, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS — Seven years after Hurricane Katrina toppled a nearby floodwall and drowned their synagogue, and after a seven-year journey praying in hotel meeting rooms, then in rooms borrowed and rented from another congregation, the 100 or so families of Congregation Beth Israel are finally home. The wandering congregation moved into their new synagogue in suburban Metairie on Sunday (Aug. 26), three days before the Katrina anniversary and two days before Hurricane Isaac hit landfall...