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National Jewish Health: Not too big, not too small

DR. MICHAEL SALEM, president and CEO of National Jewish Health, identifies a Catch 22: In contemporary medical facilities, you can’t get too small, and you can’t get too big.

If you get too big, you can attract quality faculty for research, but can’t provide the opportunities for the intimate exchange of ideas, for natural interaction and cross-fertilization.

And you can’t provide personalized medicine.

If you get too small, you don’t have the resources for either the research or the tailored clinical approach.

That leaves NJH working hard to grow — and to stay small.

Two directions at once.

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Why I keep kosher

KASHRUT. It’s objective. Laid out. With boundaries. Defined spaces. Places you enter. Or don’t. If you define the spaces and places your own way, you do not enter. Do not get to the sanctification. On its face, sanctification is restrictive. Limiting. Dismissive of human struggle, human initiative, human achievement. On its face, sanctification is narrow.

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 March 2015 09:13 )

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Drunk on Purim?

“Did you get drunk on Purim?” “I can fake not being drunk better than anybody.” “No, really, did you?” “I cannot confirm or deny.” A little fun has been ruined by a lot of fun. It used to be that one could get drunk on Purim. Jewish law advises that one reach a state in which it is impossible to distinguish between “Cursed is Mordechai” [the hero] and “Blessed is Haman” [the villain]. OK. The dullards will advise, go to sleep. Then you won’t be able to tell the dif...
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Faces

When I was a child I found it common that pictures of deceased parents hung on the walls of homes I visited. It seemed natural to remember these distant figures that way. When my own Dad died in 1972, I couldn’t look at his picture. It was too painful. I did not hang a picture of him on the wall. Even now, 42 years later, all I can bear is a glance.
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The ABC’s of Palestinian land grabs

SOMETHING ABOUT the evidence of the eye contradicts the sales pitch on the printed page and the computer screen. The eye that visits the West Bank sees this: Building. Jewish building. Arab building. Building all around. The sales pitch in many media says this: Jews build on the West Bank. That’s it. Settlements. Jews are grabbing Palestinian land on the West Bank. Eye vs. screen. Evidence vs. sales pitch. The truth is, not only do Jews settle land in the West Bank, but Palestinians grab ...
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Marcy Oster Researchers at the Anne Frank House concluded that Anne and sister Margot died about a month earlier than thought. ... [Link]

London Jewish couple honored for rescuing killer they helped to convict

Cnaan Liphshiz Haim and Rachel Bubli of London treated a wounded gang member while recording his confession. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster The Boston school’s president in an email to students and staff condemned what he called a “hateful act.” ... [Link]

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