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Who is old?

Age is a bugaboo to many. Who is old? A thousand answers are deduced to say: not me.

The truth is, age is strictly relative. Anybody older than you is “old.” Anybody younger than you is “young.”

Somebody in his young twenties sees teenagers as hopelessly young, and people in their late thirties as really old (not to mention the troglodytes in their sixties).

Age, many old people say, is in your mind, not your body. You know, the “young at heart.”

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Obama, Bialik, Hecht and Duman

Like many, I met Maurice Duman, who passed away just a few weeks ago, in his Capitol Hill tailor shop on East Colfax Avenue. On more than one occasion, this Holocaust survivor would regale me with memories 50 years old. For example, with gusto and great speed he would rattle off the list of his classmates from elementary school — in Polish. It took him but a few seconds to go through some 30 names.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:49 )

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The First United Bronco Church of North America

“The Broncos are not very good,” wrote Boston Globe sports columnist, Dan Shaughnessy, the day after they defeated his New England Patriots. He’s absolutely right. Just one thing: This not very good team keeps winning, one ugly game after the next. The Broncos are bad for heart patients. It’s more than nail-biting to watch these inepts play. If your heart flutters, don’t watch. The Broncos bumble all the way to the end. Then, some fantastic defensive play. My guess is, the Carolin...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 January 2016 14:47 )

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Should we read Mein Kampf?

Hitler’s earth-shattering bigotry —his rationale for the Holocaust and the death of millions of others — was laid out in 1923 in his book, Mein Kampf. It was banned in Germany after WW II, but its copyright has now expired and it has been reprinted in an annotated edition. Should we read it? Should we make it mandatory reading in schools? Should we try to ban it again? I firmly believe it is critical to read it. It should not be banned. Quite the contrary. It should be duly examined as...
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Do not resuscitate

Unfortunately, I have recently spent a lot of time in and around three hospitals and other health facilities in New York and Colorado, not as a patient, but as a patient’s advocate or visitor. I witnessed a lot of excellent medical care and compassionate nursing. Iam grateful. However, I also was taken aback to see that the welfare of the patient is not always the goal any more. Legal and “ethical” considerations interfere. No one today would argue for dispensing with seat belts. Yet, if ...
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Jordan’s king: Solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict necessary to defeat ISIS

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Ex-settler leader Dayan still Brazil envoy pick, Israel says

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French rabbi, Muslim rapper to release song for murdered Jew

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People are confused why Bernie Sanders won’t own his Jewishness

Gabe Friedman Toward the beginning of Thursday night’s Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders had the perfect opportunity to tout that he would be the first Jewish president. Asked whether he’s worried about blocki... [Link]

Free Robert Levinson, Senate appeals to Iran in unanimous vote

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution urging Iran to fulfill its pledge to help find Robert Levinson, a Jewish American who went missing in Iran in 2007. Five Amer... [Link]

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