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Commemoration

They stood side by side, the liberated and the liberators. The formal, brass-decked young uniformed military men and women from Colorado’s National Guard — from the same 157th infantry that, 70 years ago, were among the liberators of the Dachau concentration camp — and the elderly, tattered yet strong and proud Holocaust survivors. One held an accordion in his hands as part of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale. It was the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II, an emotional Holocaust commemoration at the Hebrew Educational Alliance.

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View from Central Park

A taste of Israel at 67

Sixty-seven years old — next Thursday is our little modern day Israel’s birthday, our ancient homeland for millennia. When you consider the ashes that modern day Israel was built upon, and all that she has faced, birthed and developed, it’s pretty breathtaking. Birthdays are a time of stock taking and reflection, of pausing and examining the past year, both its mistakes and achievements. But it is also a celebratory time, a time to revel in the opportunity and blessing of reaching anothe...
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View From Denver

The end of the human race

THE END of the human race as we know it might be upon us. I refer not to some very distant, natural evolution of the human species — perhaps possible, perhaps not; in any event, unknowable to us. Rather, I refer to three prospective human interventions in the nature of humanity that, if let to proceed unfettered, will have farreaching consequences, namely, an end of the human race as we know it. These three interventions are a radical tethering of humans to computers, a radical change in gene...
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Liberal Lens

Deep Democratic party divide

For those pining for a Democratic Party that tries to represent more than the whims of the rich and powerful, these are confusing times. On the presidential campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has been promoting standard pro-middle class rhetoric, yet also has been raking in speaking fees from financial firms. One of her potential primary challengers, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, has been sounding anti-Wall Street themes, but only after finishing up two terms in office that saw his state...

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Conservative Lens

Decay

As one who loves America — not only because I am American, but even more so because I know (not believe, know) that the American experiment in forming a decent society has been the most successful in history — I write the following words in sadness: With few exceptions, every aspect of American life is in decline. “Decay” is the word. Decline of the Family:
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JTA News

In aftermath of Nepal quake, Israelis sending help and looking for their own

Ben Sales Teams of Israeli emergency workers are heading to south Asia following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has killed at least 2,000; some 200 Israelis are among the missing. ... [Link]

Jewish Google exec dies on Mount Everest in avalanche triggered by Nepal quake

Marcy Oster The sister of Dan Fredinburg, 33, reported his passing in a post on his Instagram account, saying he suffered a head injury in the avalanche. ... [Link]

Palestinian arrested in Jerusalem car ramming attack on police

Marcy Oster Four officers were injured when a car deliberately slammed into them while they were standing by an eastern Jerusalem road near the site of rioting earlier in the day. ... [Link]

Obama playfully skewers journalists over Netanyahu controversy

Marcy Oster “I look so old John Boehner’s already invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at my funeral,” Obama said at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. ... [Link]

Israel dispatching rescue team, field hospital to quake-ravaged Nepal

Marcy Oster Some 200 Israelis remain unaccounted for and hundreds have sought shelter in the Chabad of Nepal following a devastating earthquake. ... [Link]

Israeli wins best director award at Buenos Aires film fest

Marcy Oster Nadav Lapid’s film, “The Kindergarten Teacher,” about a Tel Aviv teacher who becomes obsessed with a 5-year-old student poet, lost out for best film in the international contest. ... [Link]

Ex-Polish FM Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, recognized as Righteous Among the Nations, dies

Marcy Oster Bartoszewski had been sent to Auschwitz in 1940 because of his social activism and later became involved in the Polish resistance. ... [Link]

Crimean, Russian Jews urge lifting of sanctions on Moscow

Cnaan Liphshiz Chabad-affilated and other religious Jews signed a call for Western coreligionists to lobby for an end to measures they deem unjust. ... [Link]

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