Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, ushered in the year 5775, which also marks the beginning of Shmitah. Shmitah occurs every seven years. According to biblical laws no planting or harvesting is allowed. It is a sabbatical for the land and a practice that would fit in well with the Climate Change Summit at the United Nations, this week.
Rabbi Joshua Ratner is the director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater New Haven and the Associate Rabbi and Director of Engagement at the Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale.
After weeks of closed-door meetings and public hearings, officials in Norwalk, Conn., have agreed to settle a two-year legal battle with a local Muslim group that was looking to build a mosque. The case highlighted a federal law that some in Norwalk felt left the city vulnerable to litigation.
The Common Council unanimously agreed to a payout to Al Madany Islamic Center of more than $1 million in damages and legal fees. About $300,000 will be paid by the city's insurer.
The Connecticut Supreme Court heard arguments this week about a priest who was known to be a pedophile when he was appointed to be the director of a Hartford grade school. The Hartford Archdiocese is appealing a million-dollar verdict that was awarded to a man who says he was abused by that priest as a student in the 1980s.
As we’ve been reporting in our State of Disparity series, Connecticut continues to have one of the widest gaps in the country between its wealthy and poor residents. This past weekend, an art show by students and graduates of Stamford’s public schools explored the question “what is inequality?”