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The life and death of time

Time, Einstein tells us, is a revolutionized concept, a necessary fourth dimension, in addition to length, width and depth. Time is part of the “space-time” continuum.

Einstein once got off a train and looked at a public clock to see what time it is. Suddenly, he had a revelation. He realized that he did not see what time it is. He saw what time it was. There was a short interval between the time on the clock and the time he actually saw it due to the brief moment it took the light bouncing off the clock to reach his eyes.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 May 2016 12:14 )

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Feast yourself this Shavuos on Ziegler’s Ruth

I hold in my hands a remarkable work, Ruth: From Alienation to Monarchy, by Yael Ziegler of Israel (Maggid, 2015). The biblical book (or “scroll”) of Ruth is a mere four chapters. Ziegler’s work is 487 pages. What is there to say on a four-chapter biblical book that can take up 487 pages? The initial reaction to this vast discrepancy might be skepticism. Is the author reading into the book of Ruth whatever she wants, exploiting the biblical text to set forth her own agenda on everything f...
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What motivated the Nazi doctors?

I heal.  And I kill. I like healing. And I kill with zeal. I heal, because I am a doctor. I kill . . . why? In spite of the fact that I am a doctor? And if I kill in spite of the fact that I am a doctor, how to explain this? How does the oxymoron “Nazi doctor” get explained?
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‘Never again’ — a vain hope

PRAY FOR their souls. It may be all you can do. “Never again?” It is happening again. The massive death of innocents. Almost every day. On the high seas. On unmarked — or boobytrapped — trails. We are witnessing the largest migration of peoples since WW II.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 May 2016 14:43 )

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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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Drake has a crush on Sarah Silverman

Gabe Friedman News flash: The most famous Jewish rapper on earth has a crush on one of the most famous Jewish comedians on earth. As explained on “Late Night with Seth Myers” Thursday night, Drake recently post... [Link]

Netanyahu’s government may be near collapse, report says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government may be on the verge of collapse according to Israel’s Channel 10. In a report Friday night, the TV station quoted unnamed “party leaders... [Link]

Arab states have reportedly hand-picked Palestinian leader to succeed Abbas

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan are reportedly planning to have former Gaza strongman Mohammed Dahlan replace Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Citing unnamed senior ... [Link]

Captain America is a secret Nazi, and people are going crazy about it

Andrew Tobin The new Captain America comic book includes an epic reveal, and some people are not happy about it. When fans ran out to grab Marvel Comics’ “Captain America: Steve Rogers #1” on its relea... [Link]

US health firms, Haifa hospital team up to ‘incubate’ digital medicine start-ups

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — IBM Watson Health and Medtronics are teaming up with an Israeli hospital to create a high-tech “incubator” to encourage innovations in digital medicine. Rambam Health Care Campus in... [Link]

Steven Spielberg, in Harvard commencement speech, says anti-Semitism on the rise

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Speaking at Harvard University’s commencement, filmmaker Steven Spielberg said he was “wrong” as a kid to think anti-Semitism “was fading.” Spielberg, whose 99-year-old father Arno... [Link]

Transgender Israeli Arab wins historic Tel Aviv pageant

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A Christian Arab-Israeli ballet dancer won Israel’s first-ever transgender beauty pageant. Ta’alin Abu Hanna, 21, was named “Miss Trans Israel” in Tel Aviv Friday, the Jerusalem Post... [Link]

NY Times removes quotation marks from Israeli ‘occupation’

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The New York Times removed quotation marks originally used around “occupation” in one of its news stories. The word appears in the phrase “Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and ... [Link]

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