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24 Jewish Mandate
37 Pearls Of Wisdom
Environmentalist rabbi urges Jews
to care for God's creation.
Luminaries reflect on Daniel
Pearl's final three words.
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Jewish &outs embrace religious
values and fun.
35 Shabbat Replugged
Musical young adult service
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Rabbi Hershel Roth
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62 Torah Portion
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Rabbi Irons Talks On 'Passion
West Bloomfield — Keter Torah
Synagogue in West Bloomfield will host
Rabbi Shmuel Irons, dean of the Kollel
Institute of Greater Detroit, at 7:30
p.m. Tuesday, March 2.
The topic of his free lecture will be a
Jewish perspective of the events
described in the Mel Gibson movie The
Passion of the Christ.
Relief For Quake Victims
New York/JTA — The North American
Jewish community is collecting relief
funds for the victims of Tuesday's earth-
quake in Morocco. Money can be sent
to JDC: Morocco Earthquake Relief,
Box 321, 847A Second Ave., New York,
Some 300 people are feared to have
died in the earthquake.
Steven Schwager, JDC's executive vice
president, said Morocco is an example
of centuries-old coexistence between the
now-small Jewish community and an
,NeW York/JTA — Chabad launched a
Web site for Purim. The site,
virtualpurim.org, features Purim cele-
brations around the world. The site also
is hosting a costume contest in which
people can submit photos of themselves.
Purim starts Saturday evening, March
The Death Of Jesus
New York/JTA -- Seventy-five percent
of Americans believe Jews were not
responsible for Jesus' death, according to
a new poll.
The Anti-Defamation League released
the poll this week on the eve of the
opening of Mel Gibson's controversial
new movie on Jesus, The Passion of the
In the poll of 1,200 Americans, con-
ducted last December, some 25 percent
of respondents said the statement "Do
you think that Jews were responsible for
the death of Christ?" was probably true.
A similar poll recently released by
ABCNews.com found that 80 percent
of Americans do not hold Jews responsi- .
ble for Jesus' crucifixion.
Doctors At The Top
Jerusalem/JTA — Doctors still top the
list of prized Jewish professions, accord-
ing to an Israeli survey.
The poll of 500 men and women
published in Israel's daily Mdariv on
Tuesday found that 22.6 percent of
respondents named medicine as the
most valuable profession, with pilot or
teacher a distant second, at 12 percent
each. Politician came in at 12th place in
the popularity list, at 1.8 percent.
Israeli Arabs Want To Stay
Jerusalem/JTA — Ninety percent of
Israeli Arabs in northern Israel do not
want the Jewish state to trade their land
to a Palestinian state.
A new poll conducted earlier this
month by the Arab Center for Applied
Social Studies showed that the vast
majority of 418 respondents in Israel's
"Triangle" area oppose a proposal to
trade their land to the Palestinians in
exchange for Israel keeping parts of the
West Bank. They said they didn't want
to leave their homeland and that living
conditions are better in Israel.
Israel Has 82 Nukes
Washington/JTA — Israel has 82
nuclear weapons, a new book says.
Rumsfekli. Wan by Washington Times
reporter Rowan Scarborough, includes a
CIA report on Israel's nuclear arsenal.
• Israel never has admitted that it has
nuclear weapons, but most observers
long have believed it has.
JCPA Endorses End To Cuts
New York/JTA — The Jewish. Council
for Public Affairs called on the Bush
administration not to make tax cuts per-
manent. At the organization's plenum in
Boston On Monday, delegates passed a
resolution calling on the federal govern-
ment to "meet its responsibilities to its
citizens and to reject efforts to make
permanent the 2003 tax cuts."
On the Middle East, delegates reject-
ed part of a resolution that would have
encouraged Israelis and Palestinians to
avoid provocative acts and removed a
section calling for continued aid to Iraq;
a resolution without the language passed
Serenity In Middle East
Jerusalem/JTA — Actor Jason Alexan-
der is visiting Israel to promote the One
Voice peace initiative. Alexander, who
played George Costanza on the TV
show Seinfela said the One Voice initia-
tive would help end the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict. Speaking at a news
conference in Petach Tikva, Alexander
predicted he would be able to bring his
children to Jerusalem and the West
Bank city of Rarnallah without fear
within a year.
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