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After 9/11: Grim business of identifying the dead to prevent agunah

After 9/11: Grim business of identifying the dead to prevent agunah

NEW YORK — When unthinkable disaster struck a decade ago and close to 3,000 people were murdered at the World Trade Center, the scale of destruction created a unique challenge for victims’ families: identification of the dead.

With only fragmented human remains and degraded DNA left in the wake of 9/11, that task became, in the words of the National Institute of Justice, “the greatest forensic challenge ever undertaken in this country.”

For the families of Jewish victims, this problem was particularly thorny.

According to Jewish law, a woman cannot remarry unless she has definitive proof of her husband’s death, lest she inadvertently enter into an adulterous relationship.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 September 2011 09:08 )

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Ramadan in Israel - getting days off

Ramadan in Israel - getting days offJERUSALEM — Last week, Muslim and Jewish soldiers gathered after a day’s training to eat a communal iftar, the traditional break-the-fast meal eaten after sunset during the month-long observance of the Islamic holiday of Ramadan. “Ramadan isn’t just one day like the 17th of Tammuz or Tisha B’Av,” said Col. Ahmed Ramiz, head of the minority population directorate in the Human Resources branch of the Israel Defense Forces. “It affects an organization like ours to have so many peopl...

Last Updated ( Monday, 29 August 2011 08:56 )

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A concrete way to help Gilad Shalit

A concrete way to help Gilad Shalit THANK G-d it is no longer necessary to educate the public about Gilad Shalit. His plight has become common knowledge and his name pervades our prayers each and every day. Many great people have campaigned for his release and untold numbers of people have rallied in his support across the globe. It is on this foundation that “Stars for Israel” is being launched. The idea is to take all the support we have professed for Gilad and to turn it into concrete action. It is to demonstrate to G...
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The man behind ‘Stars for Israel’

The man behind ‘Stars for Israel’“Stars for Israel” is the brainchild of Maxwell Rotbart, a student at Metro State College of Denver. Rotbart wants to know why Israel should be talking about prisoner swaps, when Gilad Shalit is denied basic human rights that should be unconditional. “Why should Israel swap for Shalit before Israel gets word of Shalit’s basic condition — especially when you consider that the last prisoners swapped for were returned dead?” That’s why Rotbart has begun his campaign to force the In...

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 August 2011 14:49 )

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Joe Lieberman rests not on laurels, but on Shabbat

Joe Lieberman rests not on laurels, but on ShabbatWASHINGTON — Call Joe Lieberman the unlikely evangelist. The Independent senator from Connecticut — and the best-known Orthodox Jew in American politics — is probably more cognizant than most of his Jewish congressional colleagues about rabbinical interdictions against encouraging non-Jews to mimic Jewish ritual. Yet here he is, about to release a book advising Christians and others not to drive to church, to welcome their Sabbath in the evening, to cut off the wired world and to, umm, e...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 August 2011 09:49 )

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Yemen minister dedicates award to country’s Jews

Anthony Weiss Yemen’s minister of culture is donating an international human rights prize to the country’s tiny and persecuted Jewish minority. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

Sara K. Greenberg Corporations and universities should not lend mainstream legitimacy to such a radical and odious movement as BDS. ... [Link]

And the only state without a Chabad is…

Julie Wiener As of this year, Chabad-Lubavitch — hosting its annual gathering this weekend in New York — has a permanent presence in 49 states. So which one is the holdout? ... [Link]

Several injured in West Bank clashes

Cnaan Liphshiz A soldier and several Palestinians were wounded in Friday riots across the West Bank. ... [Link]

Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

Cnaan Liphshiz A stabbing attack, which the victims said was committed by Arabs, happened outside an eastern Jerusalem yeshiva. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Behind social entrepreneurship, a surprising force

Julie Wiener Religiously affiliated supporters of Jewish innovation are involved in Jewish life, know what they find most valuable in Judaism and want to find ways to share it with others, this foundation director... [Link]

Report: Iranian envoy to return to Tehran ahead of nuke talks deadline

Cnaan Liphshiz Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will consult with his country’s leaders on nuclear negotiations. ... [Link]

Do you know a teen who deserves a shout-out?

Ami Eden We’re looking for teens whose social action work is worthy of attention — to highlight in our Teen Heroes column. Please send your suggestions to teens@jta.org. ... [Link]

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