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A note to secular conservatives

The most profound thinkers in America are conservative. There are, of course, bright liberal and leftist thinkers, but I can’t think of one who approaches the depth and wisdom of the best conservative writers and thinkers.

What liberal historian, for example, approaches the understanding of life and history that author Paul Johnson has exhibited in his many works of history? Who on the left matches psychiatrist-writer Theodore Dalrymple’s insight into the underclass?

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Reflections

Rosh Chodesh: More than just a 'girl' thing

On a warm August evening in 1997, I attended my first Rosh Chodesh group in Jerusalem to celebrate the cycle of the new moon. I entered the candlelit apartment, filled with women I had never met, and immediately felt at home. The aroma of eggplant frying in olive oil, garlic and lemon beckoned me to peek into the tiny cubicle of a kitchen where three women worked shoulder-to-shoulder preparing food. Stuffed grape leaves, hummus and bowls of dried fruit and nuts lined the counter top. My stomac...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 March 2016 07:33 )

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View from Central Park

Morality at the IDF

To be honest, I’m not sure what side I come down on about Elor Azraya, the IDF soldier who shot and killed a Palestinian stabber last week as he was laying on the ground. My initital gut reactions were anger, fear and sadness at the instant anti-Elor reaction, given that guerilla warfare terror attacks are anything but clear cut. We are talking about a Palestinian stabber who came with the intent to kill, who was seen still moving after he was neutralized. The rabbinic dictum of “haba leho...
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View From Denver

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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View from Central Park

Only as safe as the weakest link

ON A Shabbat walk last week, toward the end of the day, I found myself weaving through a large, loud group of people. It turns out it was a pro-Trump rally. One of the people standing around stopped me, trying to convince me to vote Trump. Somehow the conversation turned to Israel. The guy was anti-Israel and, after a while, I understood, without him realizing it, he was an anti-Semite. As if it were a given, he was quoting the typical tropes of primitive conspiracy theories. “Well, you know ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 March 2016 13:01 )

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Rock legend Phil Lesh gathers musician friends for a Grateful Dead Passover

Andrew Silow-Carroll SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (JTA) – “Why can’t we eat veggie burritos tonight? Will I be miracled? Will they play ‘The Wheel?’ Will Phil sing?” These four additional questions were asked at a Passo... [Link]

Hundreds attend 1st Jewish film festival in Casablanca

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Nearly 500 people attended the first Jewish film festival of Casablanca, which was organized in the Moroccan city by a Sephardic Jewish woman from Atlanta. The three-day event, which end... [Link]

Can you help a kibbutznik find his American relatives?

mbrodsky SEEKING KIN The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA) – “If only” – it’s the most common regret expressed by “Seeking Kin” interviewees, an... [Link]

Amid complicity debate, Polish clergy to attend 70th anniversary of post-Holocaust pogrom

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Polish clergy and researchers will hold a seminar in Kielce about a historically significant pogrom in which locals killed Holocaust survivors in that city 70 years ago. Occurring amid... [Link]

Netanyahu calls for ‘direct, bilateral negotiations’ with Palestinians

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to start “direct, bilateral negotiations” with the Palestinians. The invitation, which Netanyahu has repeated... [Link]

Palestinians riot as Jewish worshippers visit Joseph’s Tomb

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians in Nablus attacked Israeli soldiers escorting a convoy of Jewish worshippers who entered the West Bank city to visit Joseph’s Tomb. The 26 busloads of worshi... [Link]

Sides swap character attacks in trial over Bay Area’s Koret Foundation

Andrew Silow-Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (J., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California via JTA) — A civil trial focused on control of the $500 million Koret Foundation is pitting its founder’s widow, Susan Koret, a... [Link]

As Jews flee Belgium, a seder marks a family exodus

Cnaan Liphshiz BRUSSELS (JTA) — I was feeling nervous about coming to Brussels for seder with my family. Making the 130-mile trip there from my home in Amsterdam meant taking my 5-month-old son on a train that... [Link]

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