Pennsylvania’s Jewish attorney general is at the center of the effort to make sure all the state’s votes are counted.
Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, is charged with ensuring the legality of the state’s electoral processes this year. With the election outcome still uncertain, Shapiro, 47, has aimed to present an image of competence and calm in the face of baseless allegations by President Trump and his supporters that the counting is illegitimate.
JTA profiles Shapiro, whose signature achievement was an 18-month investigation into the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania.
Perspectives: Jonah Goldberg, editor in chief of the conservative Dispatch, tells NPR that Trump’s allegations of fraud were “dishonorable,” “dangerous” and “deceitful.” “It was deeply depressing to me that people on my side of things are going along with this when they know better. Lindsey Graham knows this election isn’t being stolen but he is caving into pressure from Trump World.”
David Horowitz, writing in the Times of Israel, calls Trump’s allegations an “incendiary assault on the democratic process — delivered from the iconic location from which elected presidents are charged with governing all Americans, the place to which America’s global allies look for good counsel and reliable support.”
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg tweeted: “How about a round of applause for all the people working super, super hard to count every last one of our votes, eh?”
The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations renewed its “commitment to promote unity and cooperation inside and outside the Jewish community” in the wake of the contentious elections.
Jewish Democratic senatorial candidate Jon Ossoff appeared poised Friday for a runoff vote in the battleground state of Georgia.
An Ossoff victory could prove crucial to Democrats’ diminished hopes of taking control of the Senate, after incumbent GOP Sen. David Perdue dropped below the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff.
A kosher restaurant in Queens fights to stay afloat in the midst of the pandemic.
The fight to keep the doors open at Marani, which serves authentic Georgian food, reflects the struggle faced by small, non-“essential” businesses across New York City as the pandemic metastasizes and perseveres.
In an interview with The Jewish Week, the owner describes repeated closures; battles over rent abatement; staff cuts and rehires and cuts again; construction and reconstruction of an outdoor dining structure that adheres to the city’s rapidly changing guidelines, and daily inspections from city officials (who she referred to as “Cuomo and de Blasio’s minions”).
Two prominent evangelical figures are fighting in court over millions of dollars raised for Holocaust survivors.
Mike Evans, a Christian Zionist from Texas, last summer sued Georgia pastor Jentezen Franklin in connection with a fundraising campaign they launched in 2017 to benefit Israeli Holocaust survivors, the Washington Post reported last month.
Evans is accusing Franklin of withholding $3.3 million of the $4.5 million raised. Franklin, who heads the 14,000-member Free Chapel church of Gainesville, Georgia, denies the accusations.
A United Nations committee resolution again ignored Jewish ties to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
Wednesday’s voted mimicking a pair of UNESCO resolutions that sparked controversy in 2016. Of 193 countries that are members of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee, 138 voted Wednesday in favor of seven resolutions involving Israel and the Palestinians. They denote Israel as an oppressive occupying power and agree to stand for greater aid for Palestinian refugees.
One of the resolutions mentions the Al-Haram al-Sharif holy site without ever calling it the Temple Mount, as it is also known to Jews, who revere it as the site of ancient biblical Jewish temples.
Israel Prize-winning poet Natan Zach died Friday at the age of 89.
Zach was seen as having had a great influence on Hebrew poetry throughout its early decades. Zach published more than two dozen books, including several that were translated into other languages, and won a number of international prizes.
In this week’s Torah portion, an elderly Sarah laughs in disbelief when she is told that she will give birth. “Women in recent generations also could not have predicted where they would end up, nor what possibilities would be open to them,” writes Daphne Lazar Price, executive director of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance. “Some might have laughed at the dreams women who were pioneers in their professions possessed.”
More wisdom: The story of Abraham teaches that when “there is conflict, in a family or in a nation, both gloating and recrimination make us weaker,” writes Rabbi David Wolpe.
Jewish Together presents CNN analyst Bakari Sellers, JTA Washington Bureau Chief Ron Kampeas, guest speakers and a team of Jewish communal experts offering insights into how the 2020 election will impact the Jewish public policy agenda. Register here. Today, 11:00 am.
The Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston presents Jonathan Brent, the executive director and CEO of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, discussing the Edward Blank YIVO Vilna project, which will preserve and digitize more than 2.5 million documents and 12,000 books that were long thought to be lost and represent over 500 years of Jewish history in Eastern Europe. Brent’s talk will describe the project and the political and social roles these records play in contemporary Lithuanian society and 21st-century Jewish identity. Free for members/$5 for non-members. Registration and more information at https://www.jgsgb.org. Nov. 8, 1:30 pm.
Sousa Mendes Foundation is presenting a virtual panel discussion with filmmaker Boaz Dvir about “A Wing and a Prayer,” the hour-long PBS documentary that tells the little-known story of World War II aviators who risked their lives and freedom in 1947-49 to prevent what they viewed as an imminent second Holocaust by fighting for Israel. Joining Dvir on the panel will be Penn State Middle Eastern Studies Prof. Eliyana Adler and one of the secret operation’s few remaining members, 98-year-old Harold Rothstein. The link to the film will be shared in advance with all those who register. Nov. 8, 4:00 pm.
Friday, Nov. 6
Cheshvan 19, 5781
Light Candles at 4:28 pm
Saturday, Nov. 7
Torah Reading: Vayeira (Genesis 18:1 – 22:24)
Haftarah:Kings II 4:1-37
Shabbat Ends 5:27 pm