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August 10, 1998
Delbert Ward, 67, a dairy farmer who became a cause celebre and the topic of an award-winning film when he was charged with smothering an ailing brother to spare him from suffering, died Thursday in Munnsville, N.Y. A cause of death was not disclosed.Mr. Ward, who maintained that his brother had died naturally, was acquitted.Richard N. "Dick" Young, 69, who as a reporter and member of the Kennedy Space Center news staff spent 32 years helping the world keep up with events in space exploration, died of emphysema Aug. 2 in Edgewater, Fla.Rabbi Leibish Lefkowitz, 78, an important figure in the organization of Kiryas Joel, the politically powerful Satmar Hasidic community in Orange County, N.Y., that has repeatedly gone to court over the issue of public financing for its religiously based schools, died Aug. 1 of pneumonia at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.
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By Myriam Marquez | July 6, 1994
THE FOUNDERS made it clear: Government would not establish a religion, nor would it interfere with people practicing their religion.Had the crafters of the U.S. Constitution been able to foresee all the entanglements between church and state that would follow they may have thrown up their hands and gone back to the monarchy.How would they have felt, for instance, about government creating a special school district to serve students from one particular religion, as New York did in 1989 for the Jewish Satmar Hasidic sect?
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By The Literary Almanac | January 18, 1998
(1904-1991) was born in Radzymin, Poland, the son and a grandson of Hasidic rabbis and the brother of the novelists LTC Joshua Singer and Esther Kreitman. He spent his youth in Warsaw and Bilgoray, a Jewish shtetl, and worked first as a proofreader and translator. In 1935, he emigrated to the United States, and under the influence of his brother, became a journalist for New York's Jewish Daily Forward. Singer started writing in Hebrew, but soon turned to Yiddish; he is the last great Yiddish author.
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By Arthur M. Lesley and Arthur M. Lesley,Special to the Sun | August 21, 2005
NOVEL THE TIME OF THE UPROOTED By Elie Wiesel, translated by David Hapgood. Alfred A. Knopf. 320 pages. The Time of the Uprooted is Elie Wiesel's 13th novel since Night, his stunning memoir of Auschwitz that helped to establish Holocaust literature in Western languages. Wiesel's strongest novels confronted acute moral problems that the Holocaust made urgent. The Gates of the Forest, The Town Beyond the Wall and Dawn were taut and innovative, in the early '60's, when they subordinated the events and feelings to an intellectual struggle with new varieties of perversity.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | June 16, 1995
One third of the way into "Fires in the Mirror," Anna Deavere Smith re-creates these words of Angela Davis: "We have to find )) ways of coming together in a different way."It's one of the most cogent statements of the thesis of this unusual, spellbinding work, currently playing a two-week engagement as part of Center Stage's Off Center series. Subtitled "Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities," Smith's one-woman show focuses on the riots that erupted in Crown Heights in August 1991 after a 7-year-old black boy was accidentally killed by a car in the motorcade of a Hasidic rabbi; three hours later a Hasidic scholar visiting from Australia was stabbed to death in apparent retaliation.
NEWS
By Los Angeles Times | November 26, 1992
NEW YORK -- Mayor David N. Dinkins delivered an impassioned Thanksgiving eve appeal for greater racial understanding in New York City, declaring that neither black anti-Semitism nor Jewish racism can be tolerated."
NEWS
August 22, 1991
A few years ago author Tom Wolfe struck a chord with his satirical novel "Bonfire of the Vanities," about the social forces set in motion by a fatal traffic accident involving a white motorist and a black teen-ager. Now life may be imitating art as New Yorkers struggle to come to grips with the aftermath of two days of rioting touched off by a real-life incident eerily reminiscent of the one described in Wolfe's fictional yarn.The trouble began Monday when a car in the motorcade of a Hasidic grand rabbi struck and killed a black 7-year-old and seriously injured another in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 23, 1997
FALLSBURG, N.Y. -- It is 1963, and a naive 17-year-old girl from New York City vacations with her family at a majestic resort with a private airfield. She meets a dance instructor. They fall in love.The story is the plot line from the 1987 movie "Dirty Dancing," but the setting is real. Grossinger's, the resort where the movie was filmed, was real. The boomtown feel of this Catskills hamlet was real. And the neighboring Concord Hotel was real: all 2,800 rooms, two bathrooms to a suite, with a swimming pool the size of a lake.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | April 25, 1993
Anna Deavere Smith brings play to public TV"Fires in the Mirror" -- the Obie Award-winning one-woman play in which Baltimore-born actress, playwright and professor Anna Deavere Smith portrays a score of real-life characters from the 1991 Crown Heights riots -- will be broadcast on Maryland Public Television (channels 22 and 67) at 9 p.m. Wednesday.Directed for television by George C. Wolfe, the newly named producer of the New York Shakespeare Festival, "Fires in the Mirror" was originally produced in 1992 in a limited two-week run that was subsequently extended for three sold-out months.
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By Gregory P. Kane | January 9, 1992
INSPIRED by the success of the inaugural 1990 Chutzpah Awards (I deeply appreciate the touching letters I received from the Wyoming State Hospital for the Criminally Insane), I have decided to continue the tradition and hand out awards for 1991.Without further ado, let's get right to the deserving winners:* Special "Say What?" Chutzpah Award: Every now and then along comes a comment so egregious that the listener is compelled to utter, "Say what?" The winners in this category are those who opposed the concept of all-male schools for black boys because they would "reinforce segregation."
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