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September 24, 2010  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Stolen Torah scrolls have new homes

JERUSALEM — Two Torah scrolls rescued from thieves were given to the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which has found new homes for them in Bulgaria and Serbia. The scrolls, each about 150 years old, were given to the JDC by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in a handover ceremony at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan. One Torah will help replace scrolls stolen 10 years ago from a Sofia, Bulgaria synagogue, the JDC said. The other Torah is going to Belgrade, Serbia where it be the first kosher scroll in use since the dissolution of the former Yugoslavia. The Torahs were expected at their new homes in time for Simchat Torah. Recovered more than a decade ago from thieves who were fencing stolen Torahs, the scrolls are two of 10 for which the rightful owners could not be found, according to the New York Daily News.

ACLU sues NJ town over Lord’s Prayer

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey town on behalf of a former Jewish employee. The suit against Point Pleasant Beach contends that the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer at municipal council meetings, which the council has done since the mid-1990s, is unconstitutional because it shows preference for a particular religion, according to reports. The former employee, unnamed in reports about the suit, said the prayer made her feel uncomfortable. An attorney for Point Pleasant Beach, said there was no intention to discriminate against any religion and that no one had complained before.

Billboard of Israeli NBA star defaced

A billboard featuring Israeli-born NBA player Omri Casspi was defaced with a swastika for the second time. The billboard was discovered vandalized on Sept. 16, the second time in about a week, the Sacramento Bee reported. It was painted over before most people were able to see it, according to the newspaper. The first attack took place on Sept. 8, Rosh HaShana eve. Casspi, a forward for the Sacramento Kings, is the first Israeli player in the NBA. He called the first incident “hurtful” in an interview with the

Sacramento Bee.

The Anti-Defamation League announced a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever painted the swastika. Kings coowner Joe Maloof said the team would match the ADL’s reward.

Sukkot items OK in U.S. airports

Jews were able to carry their lulavs and etrogs through U.S. airports without fear of being stopped by security. The national Transportation Security Administration issued a special alert noting that Jewish travelers may be carrying the four species -- a palm branch, myrtle branches, willow branches and a citron — through the airport and security checkpoints during the Sukkot travel period. “TSA’s screening procedures do not prohibit the carrying of such agricultural items through the airport or security checkpoints, or on airplanes,” according to the statement. “TSA is committed to treating all passengers, including passengers who may be observing Succot, with respect and dignity during the screening process.”


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