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Four pieces of beauty from Los Angeles

Last Shabbos in Los Angeles, I bumped into four pieces of beauty: human, generational, material and spiritual.

I bumped into . . .

Shoelessness on Shabbos.

Double eternity.

The Garden of Eden.

History of the future.

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I’m in debt

CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION A PAGE 4 Don’t you get mail and sometimes you know what’s in the envelope even before you open it? For example, wedding invitations seem to come in a common size and shape. And the envelope is somewhat thick, not to mention the double address on the back. You know what awaits you. Good news. Then there’s the opposite. I received an envelope last Friday with a multi-line, government return address. I just knew it was bad news. The return address read, “Colorado...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 13:33 )

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The missing grave — forward to the past

A GRAVE, one might think, is the last thing that could go missing. If only it were so. Besides the millions of Jews incinerated during the Holocaust who never had graves, cemeteries were a favorite object of disrespect by both the Nazis and the communists. After the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, one aspect of the open commerce between the West and the former Soviet Union was the attempt to locate and restore old Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe and beyond. Readers of the IJN may r...
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Assisted suicide is not a slippery slope

REPORTEDLY, TWO Colorado legislators are drafting a physician-assisted suicide bill for debate and, they hope, passage in the upcoming session of the Colorado legislature. Physician-assisted suicide is not a slippery slope. It’s the bottom of the slope. Once the absolute, “thou shalt not murder,” is compromised, the fundamental line has already been crossed. The implications, the so-called slippery slope, are not for the future. They are here. In fact, they are here with or without a ...

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 yea...

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

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Tampa-area agency head dead in murder-suicide

Anthony Weiss A Florida Jewish agency head who had been deeply involved with caring for migrant children was found dead with her longtime partner in what police are calling an apparent murder-suicide. ... [Link]

A military miracle: Hanukkah care for U.S. armed forces personnel

Raffi Wineburg For the last seven years, Kosher Troops has been sending care packages to American-Jewish servicemen and women across the globe. ... [Link]

Behind every great ‘Serial’ podcast host, a Jewish studies professor

Gabrielle Birkner In the series finale of the podcast sensation “Serial,” a certain Jewish studies professor got a shout out. It was Sarah Koenig’s husband, who directs the Jewish Studies program at P... [Link]

French far-right mayor’s city hall menorah sparks controversy

Cnaan Liphshiz National Front candiate also placed a nativity scene in public space despite concerns this violate church-state separation. ... [Link]

Jesus comes to the Hanukkah party

Ron Kampeas The Christian savior keeps insinuating himself into Hanukkah festivities. ... [Link]

For Cuban Jews in U.S., rapprochement with Castro regime cause for concern

Uriel Heilman For those old enough to remember the most brutal years of the Castro regime, there is deep concern that rapprochement with Washington will extend the life of a dictatorship whose crimes can be neither... [Link]

Washington Institute names former Palestinian negotiator as fellow

Ron Kampeas The Washington Institute for Near East Policy named a former Palestinian negotiator to its think tank team. ... [Link]

Tunisian Jewish leaders endorse secularist’s presidential bid

Cnaan Liphshiz Contacts made by candidate Beji Caid Essebsi make him the best choice for president, Tunisan Jewish leader says. ... [Link]

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