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Honey

As a little girl, when I thought of bees, my immediate association was: bee sting. And to do anything and everything to avoid that predicament. I still remember once holding up Rabbi Twerski of Denver’s TRI by a good few minutes when he was picking up his daughter and me at some teen event, and I would not budge, as there was a swarm of bees between me and his car. No way was I going to attempt to cross these stinging specimens’ path.

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View From Denver

Too deep — yet inspirational — for me

BEFORE ROSH Hashanah and Yom Kippur, many people look for inspiration. I know I do. Sometimes I am inspired by what I do not understand. Though I am steeped in the rationalist, Lithuanian (“Litvak”) tradition — admirer and consumer of its Talmudic, musar and philosophical works — mysticism speaks to my soul. For example, I am inspired by the writings of the first chief rabbi of Palestine, Abraham Isaac Kuk. I understand next to nothing of what he wrote outside the rational context of J...
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Reflections

To regret or not to regret

To regret or not to regretWHEN MY husband, Ray, was diagnosed with cancer almost four years ago, we became a team, determined to face the challenge of living with cancer head on. From the onset, we talked openly about risks and probabilities as we aggressively researched and pursued treatments and clinical trials. We sought counsel from oncologists, nutritionists, integrative care specialists, loving friends and cancer survivors. And rather than avoid the elephant in the room, we decided to ride it....
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View from Central Park

Christian and Yazidi Children in Iraq

In every generation, there are those storied lives of people, basically seemingly regular, ordinary people, whose sense of moral clarity, compassion and courage to act in historic moments is so crystal clear that they ultimately come to pierce the definition of ordinary. They become truly extraordinary.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:51 )

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Conservative Lens

How do you know what’s right or wrong?

How can we determine what is morally right? The answer to this question — the most important question human beings need to answer — is a major difference between Left and Right. For conservatives, the answer is, and has always been, that there are moral truths — objective moral standards — to which every person is accountable. In America, this has meant accountability to the Creator, the G-d of the Bible, and to Judeo-Christian values.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:01 )

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For Biden and congresswoman ally, Iran deal tests Jewish bond

Ron Kampeas DNC head Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said the vice president is “like mishpokhe,” but now she’s under pressure to back the White House on the Iran deal. ... [Link]

Ask Google: Who runs Hollywood? Answer: The Jews

Uriel Heilman Google says it is fixing a bug wherein users who type “Who runs Hollywood?” end up with the following search result: “the Jews.” ... [Link]

How much did Jeb Bush really do to rescue Ethiopian Jews?

Ron Kampeas How important was Jeb Bush’s call to his dad in the Operation Joshua saga? ... [Link]

Leading Jewish senator Ben Cardin opposes Iran deal

Ron Kampeas Cardin makes it harder to get to 41 senators needed to block a vote disapproving the deal. The presidential veto, however, is assured. ... [Link]

French Jews advised to avoid use of the term Zionism

Cnaan Liphshiz Stanley Greenberg, a prominent American political strategist from the United States, advised representatives of French Jewry to avoid mentioning Zionism when speaking to non-Jews. ... [Link]

Hasidic pilot hailed for ‘averting tragedy’ in N.J. crash landing

Uriel Heilman The Hasidic Coast Guard pilot who crash-landed in NJ originally had to fight the Coast Guard years ago for the right to wear his yarmulke. ... [Link]

Does Donald Trump know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah?

Gabe Friedman When asked about the two militant groups, Trump said the difference does not matter to him yet. ... [Link]

Czech author of first women’s prayer book commemorated

Cnaan Liphshiz Czech and Israeli officials unveiled a plaque in memory of Fanny Neuda, a 19th-century scholar and wife of a rabbi from a town in the east of the Czech Republic. ... [Link]

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