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May 03rd
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View from Central Park

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I keep hearing this phrase: “When the tallest mountain trembles, the smallest mountain comes to help.”

As if the friendship between the people of Nepal and the people of Israel was not already so strong. Now it will be stronger.

Israelis are no strangers to Nepal. As has become the ritual over the past decades, many IF soldiers travel to Nepal and India upon termination of their service.



They stood side by side, the liberated and the liberators. The formal, brass-decked young uniformed military men and women from Colorado’s National Guard — from the same 157th infantry that, 70 years ago, were among the liberators of the Dachau concentration camp — and the elderly, tattered yet strong and proud Holocaust survivors. One held an accordion in his hands as part of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale. It was the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II, an emotional Holocaust commemoration...

A taste of Israel at 67

Sixty-seven years old — next Thursday is our little modern day Israel’s birthday, our ancient homeland for millennia. When you consider the ashes that modern day Israel was built upon, and all that she has faced, birthed and developed, it’s pretty breathtaking. Birthdays are a time of stock taking and reflection, of pausing and examining the past year, both its mistakes and achievements. But it is also a celebratory time, a time to revel in the opportunity and blessing of reaching anothe...

Stars in the sky

As the lush spring color is pushing through the ground, bursting all around us, seemingly meeting endless horizons of azure skies, these moments poised for renewal feel muted by an unsaid yet tangible feeling in the air. It might be springtime outside, but within the Jewish community we are in moments of a descending twilight on the generation of Holocaust survivors, soon to become the next stars in the sky of nightfall. I never dreamed that last year on Holocaust Memorial Week, when I spoke wi...

J Street: ‘pro-Israel,’ or pro-‘death of Israel’?

IT’S HARD to see fellow Jews advocate for the end of Israel. Harder yet to see such claims dishonestly veiled as Zionism and being “pro-Israel.” Yet, J Street advisory council member Marcia Freedman said just that. She is suggesting that if Israel perfects its democracy to the point where minorities are completely protected, then thinking about an end of Israel as a state and instead as a homeland — a place for Jews to find refuge as a protected minority, living amongst a Palestinian Ar...
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Marcy Oster Police used anti-riot measures including stun grenades and tear gas to halt the violence, including the overturning of a police car that sparked a fire. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster The body of Or Asraf, 22, must be extracted from a rocky mountainside in the remote Langtang area. ... [Link]

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Ben Sales The march coincided with parallel events in cities around the world calling for marijuana legalization. ... [Link]

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