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In the heart of Jerusalem

THE mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, in condemning last Tuesday’s terror attack on worshippers in a synagogue, observed that the synagogue was “in the heart of Jerusalem.”

It wasn’t always so.

That synagogue was in Har Nof.

This neighborhood wasn’t always “the heart of Jerusalem.”

In fact, when Har Nof was founded, it wasn’t clear whether it was in Jerusalem at all.

The elastic status of that neighborhood is a microcosm of the entire Jewish-Arab conflict over the past 133 years.

Flashback: 1985. The 200 or so residents of Har Nof — who now number in the tens of thousands — were engaged in deep debate at Purim time.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:37 )

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A free master’s degree

BOY HAVE I got a deal for you! Actually, I do. It’s a free master’s degree in education. No tuition. No registration fees. No classes to take, not even online. No research papers to write. No model lessons.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:46 )

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The loneliness of Moses’ death was not unique

The loneliness of Moses’ death was not uniqueAT the end of the Torah Moses dies. His time had come. It’s that simple. The Torah records, “his eye had not dimmed and his vigor had not diminished” (34:7). Moses did not die of illness or incapacity. He reached 120 years, his task in life was finished, and he died.
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Fake forgiveness

Fake forgivenessI HAVE no doubt that everyone of us has been offered an apology that was completely insincere, with the expectation — to rub salt in the wound — that we would accept it, and graciously, and then “move on.” Apologies — fake and sincere — are far from a simple matter. These apologies that we are supposed to make before Yom Kippur, if we’re truly serious about it, engage our self-image, our ego, our capacity for honesty and our fear of rejection. Does anyone really apologize? The a...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2014 05:33 )

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Something new on repentance

Something new on repentanceIF repentance is strictly a matter between me and myself, or between me and G-d — the likes of introspection, resolution and renewal — probably most of us have already traveled this route. We know its difficulties and rewards. If repentance is a matter of fixing our relationships with other people, then we know that drill, too. This does not make it any easier, but the idea is clear. What if, however, repentance is something else? Rabbi Chaim Walkin sets forth a larger and different context...
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Despite ‘incitement,’ Abbas seen by Washington as bulwark

Ron Kampeas U.S. aid to the P.A. is unlikely to stop anytime soon. That’s because in both Washington and Jerusalem, Abbas — despite his recent incendiary rhetoric — is credited with keeping the West B... [Link]

Two Jewish men stabbed in fight with Palestinians in Jerusalem

Marcy Oster Three Palestinians, two of them minors, were arrested in the Monday evening attack in the Old City. ... [Link]

Obama’s order not to oppress the ‘stranger’ resonates with Jewish groups

Ron Kampeas President Obama’s invocation of the Bible in defense of his executive order on immigration resonated for Jewish groups. ... [Link]

Turkish official denies governor’s threat to turn synagogue into museum

Raffi Wineburg The governor had threatened to turn a historic synagogue under renovation into a museum with “no exhibition inside it.” ... [Link]

Canadian-Israeli Jewish woman joins Kurdish forces against ISIS

Marcy Oster Speaking from Iraq, Gillian Rosenberg told Israel Radio that she was training with the Kurdish YPG with plans to fight in Syria. ... [Link]

Temple Mount activist leaves hospital nearly month after shooting

Marcy Oster Yehuda Glick, the Temple Mount activist shot in a failed assassination attempt, thanked those who helped to save his life and recited a blessing thanking God. ... [Link]

Canadian-Israeli victim of Jerusalem synagogue attack remains in coma

Marcy Oster Howie Rothman, 53, the father of 10 children, was hit in the head and arm with a meat cleaver by one of the terrorists. ... [Link]

Iran nuclear talks extended until June 30

Ron Kampeas Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the delay, saying it provided more time to prevent what he called a “very bad and dangerous agreement.” ... [Link]

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