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Nov 30th
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How many wake-up calls do we need?

The phone rings. I pick up. “How are you?”

I don’t know what to answer. Automatically I say, “Fine, thanks  . . . ” I stop in the middle. I’m fine, but I’m not fine.

How can I be fine when criminals stab innocent Israelis to death and radical Islamists murder innocent Frenchmen?

How can I be fine when the world is anything but fine?

When evil flourishes?

When growing numbers of people have no respect for human life, including their own?

Who is “fine” anymore?

View from Central Park

Selective compassion

It seems the entire world is reeling from the heinous terror attacks in Paris. Paris. The City of Light. Of beautiful romance. Culture. And culinary delights.
View From Denver


“WHEN YOU’RE done, feel free to come to my house.” If I’ve heard that once, I’ve heard it 100 times. It’s the comment most often tossed at me when I’m housepainting. Housepainting? Yes, I like to paint the walls in the house. Sometimes the fence or the window grates, too. I don’t know why, but I like to paint. It’s been this way for decades. When I told one of my kids the other day that I’ve been painting a bit in the office, she said, “Sure, I remember you painting the...
Conservative Lens

Failing to learn lessons from Paris

The left’s reactions to the terror attack on Paris are in keeping with its tradition of getting almost everything wrong. Take Bernie Sanders, for example. At the Democratic presidential debate, one day after the Paris attack, the democratic socialist candidate made this observation about al-Qaida: “I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region completely, and led to the rise of al-Qaida and to ISIS.”
View From Denver

You don’t have to cook to love Jewish cookbooks

You don’t have to cook to love Jewish cookbooks My cooking repertoire is extremely limited: cholent, charoset and scrambled eggs (I can also do cereal and milk). But I love Jewish cookbooks. I love being the librarian of the East Denver Orthodox Synagogue. We have bulging shelves on Jewish medical ethics, Jewish holidays, Bible commentaries, Talmud, Jewish law, biographies, midrash, history, a children’s section — so why not Jewish cookbooks?
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Amy Schumer poses nude for Pirelli calendar

Gabe Friedman Jewish comedian and actress Amy Schumer stripped down for Annie Leibovitz in a photograph that appears in the latest Pirelli calendar. How did she describe the photo? “Beautiful, gross, strong... [Link]

Sheldon Silver, ex-NY Assembly speaker, found guilty on all 7 corruption charges

Gabe Friedman Silver, who served as speaker for over 20 years, faces a maximum sentence of 130 years in prison. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh to hold landmark talks with White House

Gabe Friedman The Joint Arab List chairman reportedly will be the first prominent representative of Israel’s Arabic community to engage in high-profile diplomatic talks in Washington, D.C. ... [Link]

How a Jewish trans father inspired a hit series

Lisa Keys Jill Soloway, the award-winning creator of ‘Transparent,’ dishes on her own family and what to expect in the show’s second season. ... [Link]

Study: Conservative shuls spend on operations at expense of engagement

Uriel Heilman Conservative synagogues are more than twice as likely to have a cantor as an associate rabbi, a new survey found. ... [Link]

Why I hired a Belgian butcher to circumcise my son

Cnaan Liphshiz In Amsterdam, arranging his son’s bris meant dealing with bureaucracy and some unexpected rebuke, JTA’s Europe correspondent writes. ... [Link]

Joseph Silverstein, renowned violinist and conductor, dies

Marcy Oster Silverstein also left his mark in the field of Jewish music, with two notable recordings for the Milken Jewish Music Archive. ... [Link]

Abbas claims Israel is harming the environment

Gabe Friedman “Our resources are being usurped, our trees are being uprooted, our agriculture is being destroyed,” Abbas said at the U.N. climate conference near Paris. ... [Link]

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