October 9, 2015 |
MARIYA PLEKAN rolled into a Philadelphia courtroom in a mechanical wheelchair, which she maneuvered by pushing her right hand on a knob of the chair. Dressed in a sweater and black skirt that should have covered what was no longer there - her two legs - Plekan, 54, testified of the moment when a Salvation Army thrift store collapsed onto her. The Ukrainian immigrant living in Philadelphia had gone to the store, where she was a regular customer, and was about to leave when "I heard a cracking sound," she testified through a Ukrainian interpreter.
June 18, 2013 |
IN THE fifth episode of the eighth season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," always-cranky Larry David vents his frustrations at "pig parkers," those folks who park over the lines and take up more than one spot. Tattle brings this up because according to TMZ.com, the show's co-executive producer Jeff Garlin (who also plays Larry's buddy, Jeff) was arrested by Los Angeles police Saturday on a felony vandalism charge after a dispute with another motorist over . . . A parking space.
May 13, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Forming human chains and using metal barriers, Israeli police held back thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesters who tried to prevent a Jewish women's group from praying at a holy site Friday, the first time police have come down on the side of the women and not the protesters. The reversal followed a court order backing the right of the women to pray at the Western Wall using religious rituals Orthodox Jews insist should be practiced only by men. Wearing prayer shawls, phylacteries, and skull caps reserved for men under strict Orthodox tradition, the women sang and prayed out loud.
April 26, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - In a landmark ruling on the struggle over prayer at Judaism's holiest shrine, an Israeli court ruled Thursday that women could legally pray at the Western Wall wearing prayer shawls, contrary to Orthodox practice enforced at the site. The ruling came after a string of incidents in recent months in which police detained women who wore the shawls while worshiping at the shrine, saying they had broken a law requiring prayer according to "local custom. " The arrests created an uproar in American Jewish communities and exposed a divide between Israel, where the Orthodox rabbinate has authority in Jewish religious matters, and the Jewish diaspora, where the more liberal Reform and Conservative movements are dominant.
April 12, 2013
Israelis arrest women at Wall JERUSALEM - A long-running battle over worship at the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest shrine, was rejoined Thursday as Israeli police arrested five Jewish women who wore prayer shawls at a morning service, contrary to Orthodox practice enforced at the site. The arrests came a day after disclosure of a potentially groundbreaking plan that could allow for non-Orthodox services to be held in the area on an equal footing with those conducted according to Orthodox tradition.
April 11, 2013 |
JERUSALEM - Israeli authorities have proposed establishing a new section at the Western Wall where men and women can pray together, a groundbreaking initiative that would mark a significant victory by liberal streams of Judaism in their long quest for recognition. The proposal is aimed at ending turmoil surrounding the Orthodox establishment's monopoly over the site, highlighted by the arrests of female worshipers who prayed while performing religious rituals the Orthodox say are reserved for men. "One Western Wall for one Jewish people," said Natan Sharansky, chairman of the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency and mastermind of the proposal.
March 22, 2011 |
JERUSALEM - Sarah Palin stayed out of sight Monday during her first trip to Israel, dodging paparazzi staking out hotels and holy sites in hopes of getting a glimpse of the former Alaska governor who might run for president. A visit to Israel, a key U.S. ally, has become almost a rite of passage for potential Republican candidates at a time of strained relations between the United States and Israeli governments. Israel is a key American ally in a volatile region and a top concern for Jewish voters and pro-Israel Christian groups in the United States.
December 20, 2009 |
On Friday evenings in Jerusalem, after the sun lies down to rest, the Jewish people close their shops and restaurants in preparation for Shabbat. From sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, technology and labor cease, and rest and religion commence. I was brought up in a very secular household, and tradition and rituals like this never played an important role in my life. So when Friday evening arrived on my first visit to Jerusalem, I'd forgotten how sacred the Sabbath is to religious Jews.
May 26, 2005
Arrest the gun-sellers The May 19 editorial "A panel fires blanks" about the special commission on gun violence in Pennsylvania conveniently neglects to mention that South Carolina's 30-year-old, one-gun-a-month law was repealed last year because the legislature there found that it had "little effect" on illegal straw purchases and interferes with law-abiding collectors and purchasers. Maybe Gov. Rendell's commission realizes that the law-abiding gun owners and purchasers are not the problem.
August 22, 2003 |
A somber hush fell over the sanctuary at Congregation Mikveh Israel yesterday as people gathered to mourn the faraway dead. An 11-month-old child. A woman eight months pregnant. A father of five. There were 20 in all, killed Tuesday in a bomb attack on a bus in Jerusalem as they headed back from a visit to the Western Wall. To those who came yesterday to honor their memories, the dead Israelis were strangers. And yet, in a sense, they were kin. "Our sages in the Talmud tell us the Jewish people are like the human body.