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Do all believers believe in the same G-d?

Most Americans say they believe in G-d. Around the world, religious Jews, Christians and Muslims say they believe in G-d, as do many people who do not identify with any formal religion.

But this statement is actually meaningless.

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View from Central Park

Israelis forge ahead unafraid

As I click on a video from StandWithUs of a pro-Israel rally in London, I find myself inspired. Lining the road are what seem to be hundreds of people, flanked by tall blue and white Israeli flags over the crowds, waving gently in the air. No speeches. No shouts. Just singing. Peaceful and strong singing. “Kol ha-olam kulo gesher tzar me’od . . . This world is a very narrow span, Cross it; if you’re unafraid you can.”
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View From Denver

Don't ask how she saved them

EXPECT TEARS. Yours, I predict. Next Wednesday. At the ADL Holocaust remembrance at Temple Emanuel. And some anger in Heaven. OK, maybe anger’s a bit strong. But Maria Kiss Madi “never wanted any notoriety for this whatsoever.” Notoriety she will certainly have come Wednesday.
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View from Central Park

Personal, it is not. National, it is.

IN CONVERSATION with a friend who is no longer observant, he made the point that he feels seder night is a canned Jewish ritual. For him, it doesn’t hold meaning. There is nothing personal about the stories; seder night is not about a meaningful experience or personal story of redemption a particular family can relate to. Rather, it is a scripted booklet written by the Rabbis, penned long ago. Out of touch. Then, he said, there’s that “kol dichfin” hospitality citation inaugurating the ...
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Reflections

Me, Passover and Bobby McGee

The year was 1968: the Vietnam War was raging, psychedelic music and drugs were “in,” Marin Luther King was assassinated a week before President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act and the Beatles released the White Album to mixed reviews. I was about to enter ninth grade. Amidst the free love and political turmoil, I somehow finagled my mother into driving over two hours to Atlantic City to take me and my best friend to my very first rock concert.
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‘Birthright for Jewish moms’ reaches out to Spanish-speakers

Marcy Oster BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The first Cuban delegation will participate in the “Birthright for Jewish moms” trip to Israel, as the sponsoring group works to expand its reach in Latin Ameri... [Link]

Republican Jewish group congratulates Trump but doesn’t praise him

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Republican Jewish Coalition congratulated Donald Trump on becoming the presumptive Republican nominee, but otherwise withheld praise for the candidate. “The Republican J... [Link]

US envoy Power at Nuremberg event: World must not look on during genocide

Marcy Oster (JTA) — “The world looked on during the rise of the Nazis, and cannot do so again,” Samantha Power, the United States’ envoy to the United Nations, warned attendees at a sympos... [Link]

Late philanthropist Edgar Bronfman’s Connecticut home on market for $8M

Julie Wiener NEW YORK (JTA) — The Connecticut weekend home of late Jewish philanthropist Edgar Bronfman is on sale for $8 million. William Pitt Sotheby’s International Realty is listing the 13-acre estate at ... [Link]

Amid anti-Semitism scandal, Jewish support for UK’s Labour at historic low

Julie Wiener (JTA) — If there were an election tomorrow, only 8.5 percent of British Jews say they would vote for the Labour Party — a sharp decline since last year’s election, when 18 percent of Jews voted ... [Link]

Yes, there is a Jewish left on campus, and it needs to be heard

Andrew Silow-Carroll CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (JTA) — Recently, in an article for JTA, “The Missing Left: Where’s the support for liberal Zionists on campus?,” Andrew Silow-Carroll noted that “many Americ... [Link]

Israel bombs Gaza targets in retaliation for Hamas shelling

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Israel bombed five targets in Gaza after Hamas fired more than five mortar rounds into Israel in a 24-hour period — an escalation attributed to Israel’s intensified efforts to detec... [Link]

Israel remembers the Holocaust in national ceremony

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Holocaust survivors have never received the respect that they deserve, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said. “It is time to conduct some soul-searching before you. We mus... [Link]

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