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Why Pamela Geller is hated

Pamela Geller — the woman whose group, the American Freedom Defense Initiative, organized the Muhammad cartoon drawing contest in Garland, Texas — may be the most hated person in America right now. She is certainly the left’s chief villain. And, sad to say, though few conservatives hate her, more than a few have condemned her.

The question is why?

Here are three reasons.

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Shavuot

As we celebrate Shavuot and receiving the Torah, it’s worth remembering that it almost didn’t transpire. In tractate Shabbat 88b, many of the famous narratives surrounding the giving of the Torah are found. One of them recounts that when Moses went up on high to receive the Torah, he encountered opposition. From whom? From none other than the angels. These celestial creatures felt that it was below the dignity of the Torah for mere human flesh and blood to receive the treasured Torah that h...
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Red lights and safety . . . really?

Governor John Hickenlooper all but says that he will veto two bills passed in the state legislature banning or potentially limiting the use of automatic traffic cameras. Speeding is unsafe, the governor says. Studies show that speed is implicated in a high percentage of accidents, he notes.“If you don’t want a speeding ticket, don’t speed!” the governor says. It sounds like an unassailable argument. It isn’t. And not just because it takes the traffic regulations out of the hands of ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 May 2015 15:23 )

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Exile — with a caveat

It’s interesting to study the haftorahs, the Prophetic scriptures added to weekly Torah reading. If you first scan the portion of the week and then read the haftorah, inevitably there is a common motif or connection. Sometimes it is more obvious than at other times. But it is always there. The rabbis designed it this way. And it’s a good way to see the Torah in its organic flow. I’d like to share a small aspect of this symbiotic relationship between Torah and Prophets via one idea from th...
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No, the death of a million people is not a statistic

I AM reading a news story about women captured by, then freed from, Boko Haram. The women tell their stories. The dissonance between the report and the reality screams. One woman: I survived, but my child was lost. Then, the story moves on to the next paragraph. Wait a minute! How can we simply move on to the next paragraph after this statement, my child was lost? How much agony is contained in that statement? Is it to be glossed over — then, the next paragraph — just because hundreds of ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 May 2015 06:19 )

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Obama learns his lesson about Jewish toddlers

Ron Kampeas Or maybe Shabbat’s a lot more fun than the seder when you’re 4. ... [Link]

Obama: I have same high expectations of Israel as I do of U.S.

Ron Kampeas President Obama says his criticism of Israel is born of the high regard with which he holds Israel — and the expectation he has that Israel live up to the values it shares with the United States... [Link]

Lady Gaga accepts ADL award on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation

Gabe Friedman Pop star Lady Gaga accepted an award from the Anti-Defamation League on behalf of her nonprofit Born This Way Foundation. ... [Link]

World Bank: Gaza economy on ‘verge of collapse’

Gabe Friedman Gaza’s economy, stifled by the highest unemployment rate in the world, blockades, poor governance and a series of military conflicts, is headed towards a “collapse,” a new report by the World Ba... [Link]

Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Cnaan Liphshiz The owners of Rotterdam’s Le Souq say they replaced Israel with ‘Palestine’ on a map because of their passion for Palestinian food. ... [Link]

How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

Uriel Heilman Shalom Lamm is developing a playbook for setting up an American shtetl. The problem is some of his new neighbors in Bloomingburg claim he used bribery, fraud and corruption of public officials to do s... [Link]

Switzerland defends funding for Israeli leftist group

Cnaan Liphshiz Breaking the Silence is scheduled to bring an exhibition to Zurich with federal, municipal support. ... [Link]

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