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Oct 09th
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View from Central Park

Water. Fire. Blood.

When the holiday came to a close on Tuesday, I was scared to turn on the news. Throughout this holiday it seemed like things were spiraling out of control with difficult news from Israel. It hasn’t been the easiest start to a new year. In fact, as the saying in Hebrew goes, with one murder reported after another, the land of Israel seemed to have become drenched in a “ma’agal damim,” a circle of bloodshed.

It’s a curious phrase that, of all times, jumped out at me now.

Ma’agal. Circle.

View From Denver

The real hate crimes

IF A white man hates a black man and murders him, it’s a classic hate crime. But how often does it happen? Even once is too often, but the ADL study of anti-Semitism worldwide shows that most anti-Semitism is in Arab countries. There, it is deemed perfectly acceptable — even idealistic — to hate Israeli Jews. The most recent cases are in Palestinian areas. A week ago Thursday, for example, a Jewish man and woman were murdered as their four children watched. It was a classic hate crime...
View from Central Park

Closer attention

It is always nice to try to catch a glimpse of Sukkot in Israel. Be it a YouTube recording of the fleeting, holy and stirring moments of Birkat Cohanim, the Priestly Benediction at the Wailing Wall, or a splice of a joyous Simchat Beit Hashoeva melody bursting forth, there’s nothing quite like celebrating the High Holidays in Israel, especially Jerusalem. This year was no different. The long distance inspiration, although not the same as experiencing it live, was there to nurture that yearnin...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 October 2015 11:25 )

View From Denver

A new billionaire on the block

THERE’S A new billionaire on the block. Actually, it’s . . . me. After a lifetime of failing at every imaginable investment, I finally hit upon an idea that worked. Worked. As in, big time. As in, classical you can’t lose. You know those ads on the radio that say you will never lose a penny of your principal regardless of whether the market goes up or down — and you don’t call. Of course you don’t call. You know it’s a fake....
Conservative Lens

Europe is making a fatal mistake

Allowing millions of Syrians and others from the Muslim Middle East into Europe will end up a catastrophe for Europe, and therefore for the West. This may be the most difficult sentence I have ever written. Little seems more obviously moral than to allow these beleagured Syrians, Iraqis and others to flee from hell into heaven. Therefore, arguing against allowing large numbers of them into Europe (and the US) seems to be advocating for something that is heartless and just morally wrong....
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Israeli Jew stabs 4 Arabs in Dimona

Cnaan Liphshiz The victims, injured lightly to moderately, are believed to have been targeted as revenge for Palestinian attacks. ... [Link]

Citing terror, Netanyahu halts building near Western Wall

Cnaan Liphshiz The prime minister’s office suspended a plan to construct government offices near the holy site to avoid escalation. ... [Link]

Rabbi appointed Pope Francis’ ‘comedic advisor’

Jas Chana Bob Alper, a rabbi turned stand-up comedian from Vermont, won the ‘Joke With The Pope’ competition to claim the title and $10,000 for charity. ... [Link]

Should we pray for healing when death is imminent?

Lisa Keys A writer struggles to determine which prayer is appropriate when a friend faces terminal illness. ... [Link]

What Syria’s refugees think about Israel might surprise you

Uriel Heilman Syrians believe Israel’s government is in cahoots with Syrian President Bashar Assad and that America wants to keep the Syrian civil war going. ... [Link]

NY Mets in the playoffs: Should they be thanking Bernie Madoff?

Gabe Friedman Mets fans might be able to draw one positive from the worst financial fraud in U.S. history. ... [Link]

Ben Carson blames gun control for the Holocaust

Julie Wiener In an interview on CNN, the Republican presidential hopeful said fewer people would have been killed by the Nazis had more citizens owned guns. ... [Link]

White House calls for fully restored status quo on Temple Mount

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration also condemned escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians. ... [Link]

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