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America’s left-wing Jews ashamed of Israel

American Jews on the left were beside themselves last week. Israel’s Jews did something that utterly infuriated these American Jews: Israel’s Jews overwhelmingly voted for a man of the right (or for other right-of-center parties). And not just any right-winger, but the only leader in the Western world to publicly differ from their hero, President Barack Obama.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 March 2015 09:58 )

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View from Central Park

Pesto, pecans...

We all have our Passover culinary traditions. Subconsciously, I think one was created here in this column when it seems, as Passover rolls around (ooh, pardon that pun!), I write a food column. Not one to break with tradition, I shall oblige you. But instead of a nostalgic food memory column, this year I shall be pragmatic. We all have our food quirks on Passover. I am no exception.
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National Jewish Health: Not too big, not too small

DR. MICHAEL SALEM, president and CEO of National Jewish Health, identifies a Catch 22: In contemporary medical facilities, you can’t get too small, and you can’t get too big. If you get too big, you can attract quality faculty for research, but can’t provide the opportunities for the intimate exchange of ideas, for natural interaction and cross-fertilization. And you can’t provide personalized medicine. If you get too small, you don’t have the resources for either the research or th...
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Sunrise

I, ALONG with all of you, was following the Israeli elections with bated breath. And based on the media, polls and general social media, was mentally preparing for the possibility of Bibi losing. There was also an impressive new person in the leftist camp I was watching. After Bibi’s decisive win, and the left’s loss, this new candidate I was watching posted a photo to his Facebook page in response to the loss. I assumed the photo was of a dark sunset. But when I looked to read the commen...
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Why I keep kosher

KASHRUT. It’s objective. Laid out. With boundaries. Defined spaces. Places you enter. Or don’t. If you define the spaces and places your own way, you do not enter. Do not get to the sanctification. On its face, sanctification is restrictive. Limiting. Dismissive of human struggle, human initiative, human achievement. On its face, sanctification is narrow.

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 March 2015 09:13 )

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French firm, citing political concerns, quits Jerusalem rail project

Marcy Oster After two years of feasibility studies on the cable car project, the company said it wanted “to avoid any political interpretation.” ... [Link]

Will haredi Orthodox Jews embrace pre-nups that protect women from becoming agunot?

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Uriel Heilman The move was prompted by a wild party at a Michigan ski resort that left 45 hotel rooms trashed and $430,000 worth of damage. ... [Link]

Some of Lincoln’s best friends were Jews

Julie Wiener Not only did the 16th president free the slaves, but he also stood up for the Jews, a new exhibit and book show. ... [Link]

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