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Rebecca Segall

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  • 13 years ago

    When Roosevelt Island comes to mind, most people think of the quaint Tramway cable car or the spooky ruins of the smallpox hospital, which appeared in the recent blockbuster Spider-Man. But the dynamic social and cultural drama of Roosevelt Island...

  • 14 years ago

    Raelianism was founded 30 years ago in France by auto-racing reporter Claude Vorilhon. Now known as "Rael," he claims that in 1973 he was approached by a four-foot-tall alien who identified himself as one of the "Elohim"—humanoid, all-powerfu...

  • 14 years ago

    An idea of the Raelian view of creation from outer space can be gleaned in one of the opening passages of the book The Message Given by Extra-Terrestrials, as revealed to Rael: In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 ...

  • 14 years ago

    The first Raelian has just moved to Manhattan, and she's on a mission to multiply. She is hosting her first "sensual meditation" class next week, spreading the extraterrestrial good news on the Upper West Side—and bringing the group's controv...

  • 16 years ago

    Influential Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn are calling for the removal of District Attorney Charles J. Hynes following the acquittal last week of Bernard Freilich, a prominent Hasidic rabbi, on charges of witness tampering. Coming in the wake of a gran...

  • 16 years ago

    The Orthodox Jews of Boro Park, who trusted the Giuliani administration—which prevailed on them to remain silent and promised a fair investigation after a young Jewish man was gunned down by police last summer—feel like a community betra...