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100 years of kindness

I want to tell you something about my grandmother, Miriam Harris Goldberg, editor and publisher of the Intermountain Jewish News weekly. She turned 100 years old on Wednesday!! One hundred. A century. 1916-2016. Please G-d, as the saying goes, “ad me’ah ve-esrim — till 120.”

So many emotions swirl as I contemplate that. What a life! What a woman! What a grandmother!

I have the merit to be her granddaughter. And I feel truly grateful.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 May 2016 10:21 )

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Reflections

Flying high and judging fairly

I TRAVEL by air quite a bit and to be honest, it isn’t fun. Besides the stress of getting to the airport in sufficient time to remove half the clothing I put on just hours before, I generally arrive at my destination half- starved and sleep deprived. But the real angst I feel when I travel is the heightened sense of scrutiny and mistrust I carry with me from terminal to terminal. I am cautioned by recorded messages to be wary about unattended bags as I walk shoeless through space age metal de...
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View From Denver

Feast yourself this Shavuos on Ziegler’s Ruth

I hold in my hands a remarkable work, Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy, by Yael Ziegler of Israel (Maggid, 2015). The biblical book (or “scroll”) of Ruth is a mere four chapters. Ziegler’s work is 487 pages. What is there to say on a four-chapter biblical book that can take up 487 pages? The initial reaction to this vast discrepancy might be skepticism. Is the author reading into the book of Ruth whatever she wants, exploiting the biblical text to set forth her own agenda on everything f...
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View From Denver

What motivated the Nazi doctors?

I heal.  And I kill. I like healing. And I kill with zeal. I heal, because I am a doctor. I kill . . . why? In spite of the fact that I am a doctor? And if I kill in spite of the fact that I am a doctor, how to explain this? How does the oxymoron “Nazi doctor” get explained?
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View from Central Park

Sadiq Khan

I’ve always had some identity confusion surrounding what to call it: England, UK, Britain or Britannia? They are in my mind interchangeable. Which one is it? And just like that, the news coming from there became equally confusing. England is not normally on the radar of relevant Jewish news to us American Jews. And yet, London is one of the most important capitals in Western Europe.
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