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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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My plans for the next life

I am not talking about the next life I fervently hope to live, I’m talking about the one I know I won’t live — unless I’m reincarnated. The next life I hope to live is, of course, in the hands of G-d, as He will judge my efforts here for post-mortal eternal life. The life I know I won’t live is the mythical one full of goals I simply do not have the time, money or talent for in the life I have.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 April 2016 15:01 )

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Flipping out

I picked up a copy of the Chicago Tribune at O’Hare Airport before a flight back to Denver. A column by Phil Rosenthal caught my eye, “Living to tell about life with no cell phone.” The subheadline read, “Absent companion haunts unplugged family vacation.” It seems that Mr. Rosenthal took the radical step of purposely leaving his smart phone at home for a one week vacation. He suffered.
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The ocean does not separate us from Europe

NEXT DECEMBER 7 will be 75 years since Pearl Harbor. Yet, based on commentary about the terrorist attacks in Belgium, one would think that we still validate the pre-World War II fallacy: We are safe because we are separated by oceans. In Europe they may fight to the death century after century, but it’s not our problem. We are separated by oceans. We are not as vulnerable to terrorism as Brussels, Istanbul and Paris. As if ISIS may infiltrate Europe, but not the US. As if fatal intelligence ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 March 2016 12:06 )

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Einstein, the Nazis and BDS

A key issue in comparing Nazism to any other social and political phenomenon is that Nazism is taken to connote what it ultimately became. Everybody naturally thinks of Nazism in terms of world war, death camps, crematoria, millions of innocents killed. Nazism means Holocaust, and the Holocaust is incomparable. How can Nazism validly be compared to any other social and political phenomenon?
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Washington judge orders man not to hang swastikas on barn wall facing Jewish neighbor

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Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Thousands of Jewish Israelis entered the West Bank Palestinian village of Kifl Haris to visit the tomb of the biblical figure Joshua. Also buried in the northern West Bank vill... [Link]

Report: Substantial decrease in violent attacks against Jews in 2015

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — There was a substantial decrease in violent attacks against Jews in 2015, but an increase in “institutional anti-Semitism” and “slander against the Jewish Peo... [Link]

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