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After 300 repetitive years, things can get boring

SABERS have been rattling in Persia for nearly 3000 years, so this latest Iran flare-up looks boringly repetitive.

Jews have spent most of their existence around warring empires — it’s where our “You tried to kill us/We survived/Let’s eat!” holidays all come from — beginning with Pesach, the celebration of our birth as a People, escaping from the Egyptian empire. Jewish visions of a better world (e.g., “Nation will not take up sword against a nation, nor will they train for war anymore”; Isaiah 2:4), haven’t stopped anyone from making war, or creating cultures that glorify it.


Is the Earth approaching its doomsday?

If the world as we knew it was going to end, what would you tell your loved ones? Religious fundamentalists might find the End of Days prospect comforting: foretold in holy books, it promises a better scenario than earthly toil and woe. But if you’re not part of that group, you might not want to sit this one out — especially as you can do something to slow, stop or reverse the end. Survival is part of Jewish DNA. The Torah commands it:  “ . . . I have put before you life and death, bless...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:02 )


Purim: The Book on Renewable Energy

WHAT if everything you “knew” about something was wrong?  Would you cling to what you “knew” anyway, even in the face of new information? Here’s the news:  fossil fuels will be virtually obsolete by 2030. As of 2002, no significant, easily-accessible new oil has been discovered, and world oil production began declining. US oil demand has been dropping since 2006, the US has become a net fuel exporter, and analysts at Deutschebank and elsewhere predict that by 2030 in industrialized...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 March 2012 13:19 )


Tu b’Shevat and the environment

It’s cheaper to buy local, organic foods than industrially produced ones — except the savings are invisible.  Invisible, that is, to anyone who doesn’t buy, handle or grow them.  Local and organic was all our ancestors ever knew — even up to our grandparents’ time. Then came farming’s “Green Revolution” of the 1950s, with “miracle” chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and “factory” farming.  And with it, a host of hidden costs that you don’t pay with local, ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:41 )


Hey Buddy: Can you spare a zuz?

Next holiday season, you might consider buying your presents without US dollars. When you decide to buy something, you can also choose what you buy it with. It’s legal in the US to create our own currencies and exchange systems, and use them for trade — as long as no one confuses the created currency with US Federal Reserve Notes, and any taxes owed from transactions can be paid in US currency. There’s a historical precedent.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:41 )

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Joel Rubin, who helped pass Iran nuclear deal, running for Congress

Marcy Oster Rubin is the former U.S. State Department’s chief liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, who worked for the successful passage of the Iran nuclear weapons deal in Congress. ... [Link]

Terror cell members that killed Israeli couple arrested

Marcy Oster U.S. State Department spokesman Marc Toner confirmed that Rabbi Eitam Henkin, who with his wife Na’ama was killed in the West Bank attack, was an American citizen. ... [Link]

Austrian Jewish historian begins jail term for restitution fraud

Cnaan Liphshiz Stephan Templ, who wrote a book blasting Vienna’s theft of Jewish assets, is to be released in 2017. ... [Link]

Why is a Conservative synagogue abandoning the second day of yontif?

Jas Chana Rabbi Mark Mallach explains why his synagogue is celebrating Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on one day. ... [Link]

Why Israelis are fearing a third intifada

Ben Sales The slow-burning Israeli-Palestinian conflict has flamed up in the past week with a series of terror attacks, but it has happened before. ... [Link]

What became of Holocaust survivor thought a victim?

mbrodsky A Brazilian man’s discovery at a Polish museum launches a search for his great-aunt’s family; maybe even his great-aunt. ... [Link]

Italian synagogue damaged in severe storm

mbrodsky Some of the windows were shattered and pictures showed glass littering the interior of the sanctuary in Tuscany. ... [Link]

Funerals held for 2 Jerusalem stabbing victims

mbrodsky Thousands attended the rites in Jerusalem for a 41-year-old rabbi and 22-year-old soldier killed in an Old City terrorist attack. ... [Link]

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