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Opinion . Tradition . WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR A2. THE GREATNESS OF SMALLNESS A9. SENATOR LIEBERMAN DELIVERS GJCF LECTURE A11. algemeiner THE JOURNAL 1.00 PRINTED IN NEW YORK FRIDAY, October 7, 2011 9 Tishrei 5772 VOL. XXXVIII NO. 2030 Congress Takes the Lead On Israel Illegal Mosque Next to Jewish Holy Graveyard BY MAAYANA MISKIN Illegal construction continues at a Jerusalem mosque immediately adjacent to an ancient and holy Jewish graveyard, Jerusalem activists have reported. Work

A2 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011 Opinion . of persecution in Europe. In this respect, the cause of Zionism lives on. It is true that Jews are materially better off now than before, but as long as there is one Jewish community in any corner of the world that lives in insecurity and fear the Jewish Problem has not been resolved. As long as Jews in Israel are routinely slaughtered by What Are We Fighting For DOVID EFUNE N E W YO R K For Jews, the holy day of Yom Kippur is recognized as a time for i World News . A3 Libyan Jew Stopped From Restoring Tripoli Synagogue BY JENNIFER LIPMAN The fall of Colonel Gaddafis regime in Libya earlier this year gave exiled Jew David Gerbi hope that he could restore lost traces of Jewish life in the country. But according to Dr Gerbi, when he went back to the country of his birth last week to clean the long disused Tripoli synagogue, armed guards threw him out. He was also told by residents that it was not safe for him to remain in t

A4 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011 US News . sidering clemency, but I told him, Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time is up. The meeting between Biden and the Rabbis was supposed to bolster failing Jewish support for the presidents reelection campaign, when the topic of Jonathan Pollard was brought up. If it were up to me, he would stay in jail for life, Biden is quoted as saying. Pollard was convicted of spying for Israel in 1986, and is serving a life sentence in federal pr World News BY S.Z. WOLFF September 26 Two Tibetan monks in southwestern China set themselves on fire, the latest in a spate of such selfimmolations that represent an unprecedented escalation of protests over curbs on religious freedom by the Chinese government. Chinas staterun Xinhua news agency said the two monks were in stable condition after being rescued by police. The monks called for religious freedom and long live the Dalai Lama before they selfimmolated. . A5 The G

A6 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011 Opinion . overlook Turkeys current leader and remember the ageold friendship between the two peoples, it behooves the Turks themselves to rein in their Prime Minister from his character assassination of the Jewish state. Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, founder of the Global Institute for Values Education, has just published Ten Conversations You Need to Have with Yourself Wiley and in December will publish Kosher Jesus. Follow him on Twitter RabbiShmuley. Erdogan of Turkey A7

A8 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011 Impressions . tefillin and reiterated the words of the Shema exclaiming that he indeed was part of a collective consciousness that declared God was one and that he was part of this greater claim to a heritage he never knew he owned. That day that Chris became Chaim a tear welled inside his eye as he turned to the boys with a heavy heart I Am a Jew Shanah Tovah BY RONN TOROSSIAN Erev Rosh HaShanah, while I cleaned out email and files, I came across this message fr A9 Tradition. The Greatness of Smallness JONATHAN SACKS LOND ON, UK But why me, Rabbi There are other Jews. They will keep the tradition going. Why me Ruth. RUTH, I know the difficulties you feel, the challenges you face, the problems you find in Jewish life to day. We can talk about these in the days ahead. But I would not have one my duty had I not made it as clear as I can that we need you and the world needs us. There are not many Jews in the world today. We represent

A10 FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2011 Tradition . And therein lays the power of Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur tells us that your child is never lost. Perhaps concealed. Maybe deeply concealed. Your child may be hiding. After your child has been hurt and disappointed, after he or she has seen how cruel people can be your child goes into hiding. What emerges is an adult with a metal sheet of armor, an extensive and complex battery of defense mechanisms, protecting the vulnerable child from the pains of the wo Social . BY MIRI BENDOR A11 Stringer Celebrates Community The Center for Jewish History was the setting September 26 for a brief yet warmly moving celebration of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan during which Borough President Scott Stringer honored four outstanding Jewish leaders. Each received an official Proclamation declaring September 26, 2011 as his or her honorary day in Manhattan. Honorees included United States Representative the Honorable Jerrold Nadler, Rabbi Haskel

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