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Murder in Argentina?

Murder in Argentina?

BUENOS AIRES — The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman seems ripped straight out of a crime thriller. Nisman — the indefatigable prosecutor collecting evidence of culpability in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people — was found dead in his apartment just hours before he was to ... Read more...
Zeff gives IST, others $5 million

Zeff gives IST, others $5 million

JEWISHcolorado announced a gift of $5 million from Joyce Zeff. This unprecedented gift ensures that the organizations and programs close to Zeff conti...
Alan Turing cracked Nazi Germany's Enigma code

Alan Turing cracked Nazi Germany's Enigma code

Perched on a table in the synagogue’s social hall, the Enigma machine’s keyboard, rotors, lampboard and plugboard seemed to work as smoothly as th...
Wilf: Israeli elections are 'truly open'

Wilf: Israeli elections are 'truly open'

IN LESS than two months, Israel will once again hold national elections, potentially changing the political landscape of the Jewish state in significa...

Europe’s porous borders abet terrorism

The idea of a united Europe, embodied in the European Union, is noble. The idea of a borderless Europe is dangerous. A classic case of the law of un...

Wheel of fate

I AM AFRAID to ask their names, although I don’t know why. I am afraid of a lot of things. Truly it is irrational, for how can a person just one lin...
 

Nations to unite against terrorism

Nations to unite against terrorism WASHINGTON — These are the lessons of the Paris attacks for American Jews and US law enforcement: Keep calm and cooperate. Enhanced communication between governments has been a key element of America’s counterterrorism successes since 9/11, experts say, and more is planned in the wake of last week’s attacks in France that left 17 dead. President Obama announced this week that Washington will host a summit on Feb. 18 aimed at improving communications between nations that are would be targ...
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When getting a little gelt was as good as gold

When getting a little gelt was as good as gold CHANUKAH EDITION SECTION E PAGE 8 LOS ANGELES — What can a buck get you on Chanukah? Maybe a gold mesh bag of chocolate coins or a lighter for your menorah. But Jewish continuity? At Chanukah time, when we get so wrapped up in gift giving, I propose that it’s a single dollar of gelt (Yiddish for money) that has the power to keep on giving beyond eight nights. Chanukah gelt referred originally in Europe and later America to coins given as gifts to children and adults. Today, gelt brings...
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After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine?

After Anatevka: Tevye in Palestine? THIS YEAR is the 50th anniversary of the play, “Fiddler on the Roof.” Originally, the composer (Jerry Bock), and lyricist (Sheldon Harrnick) wanted to make a different musical, one based on Shalom Aleichem’s “Wandering Stars.” They decided that story required too many characters so they decided instead to write about Tevye the Dairyman. Most people probably know that Shalom Aleichem created the Tevye character; what they may not know (I didn’t until I read a collection of his stori...
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Chocolate...chocolate...healthy!

Chocolate...chocolate...healthy! Two companies, one founded in Boulder, the other international, are working hard to share the numerous health benefits of chocolate. MXI Healthy Chocolate is a Canadian company with distributors around the world — the first in Colorado being Dr. Dan Sollee and his wife Esther. Boulder-based Cholaca was founded in 2012 by Ira Leibtag to create and sell what he calls “the most incredible chocolate beverage on earth.”
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Europe’s porous borders abet terrorism

The idea of a united Europe, embodied in the European Union, is noble. The idea of a borderless Europe is dangerous. A classic case of the law of unintended consequences: Blur the borders of Europe in order to eliminate the relentless wars among its nation states, and end up with terrorists easily slipping across those borders with their lethal weapons. From Caesar to Charlemagne to the founders of the League of Nations, the idea was to eliminate the causes of frequent, bloody national confli...
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Mark Stuart Miller

Mark Stuart Miller Mark Stuart Miller, promotor and producer of the Gabby Gourment Shows, passed away Jan. 11, 2015, in Denver. Rabbi Steven Foster officiated at the Jan. 14 graveside service at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “He was our ethical and moral compass — honest, straight and true,” the family said. “He never lost his sense of humor, even on the worst day of struggling against Parkinson’s Disease, but his humor was never barbed or hurtful. “He wanted to help ever...
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At Tu b’Shvat, bidding to save a beloved tree

mbrodsky At the New Year of the Trees, columnist Edmon J. Rodman is going all out to save a lemon tree planted before his twins’ bar mitzvah a dozen years ago. ... [Link]

For Cuban Jews, improved ties to U.S. may not resolve central challenges

Uriel Heilman Down to about 1,500 Jews from 15,000 in 1959, the Cuban Jewish community continues to see the exodus of its younger and most active members to Israel. ... [Link]

When the office is a death camp

Ben Harris The 1.5 million annual visitors to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum come and go. But for employees who report daily to one of the world’s most notorious killing fields, the job can be an emot... [Link]

Liberman orders party activists to distribute Charlie Hebdo for free

Ben Sales The directive comes after an Israeli bookstore canceled plans to sell the magazine in response to threats. ... [Link]

Journalist who first reported Nisman’s death flees Argentina

Ben Sales Damian Pachter of BuenosAiresHerald.com left Argentina for Israel, where he also has citizenship, after the threats and being followed, an Argentine journalists’ group said. ... [Link]

A month after Alan Gross’ arrival, a welcome-home party at his synagogue

Ron Kampeas At Alan Gross’ homecoming, tales of bottle cap jewelry and his first corned beef sandwich in five years. ... [Link]

Druze student beaten in Jerusalem

Ben Sales The 21-year-old victim said he was hit with glass and bottles after first being mocked for speaking Arabic. ... [Link]

Jewish Agency-affiliated think tank composes aliyah plan for 120,000 French Jews

Ben Sales The plan cited a rise in jihadist terror attacks and a difficult economy in Europe as causes of increased immigration. ... [Link]

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