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Stick to the real enemies

Let’s see. Who was the first leader who thought up the idea of genocide of the Jews? Was it Pharaoh in Egypt? Haman in Persia? The Arab leader, the Mufti of Jerusalem? Or was it Hitler?

I am thinking about this, amidst preposterous accusations regarding Netanyahu’s recent remarks that his opponents are now claiming label Netanyahu a “Holocaust denier.”

(Netanyahu was speaking to the 37th Zionist Congress, Oct. 20, in Jerusalem.)

View From Denver

From Hilltop to Hilltop

LET’S SEE. This makes sense. I’m going to live in Israel. Therefore, I will go to Rwanda. Israel has a lot of hills. Rwanda has a lot of hills. In fact, it’s called the “land of a thousand [green] hills.” Perfect preparation for Israel. Not only that. Rwandan villages need help with public health. If I can improve public health in a Rwandan village, I can make sure it happen in Israel, too.
Conservative Lens

The Democrats’ preoccupation with inequality

If you want to understand today’s Democratic party, a word search of the Democrats’ debate last week provides a pretty clear picture. Here is how many times key words were spoken: Wall Street: 23; Tax: 20; Inequality: 9; Wealthy: 7. Now, compare the number of times other national concerns were mentioned: ISIS: 4; Terror/ists/ism: 2; Defense: 2; Military (excluding Jim Webb): 1; Freedom: 1; Debt (national): 0; Liberty: 0; Strength: 0; Armed forces: 0; Islamist/Islamic: 0. The...

The Widows Club

WHEN MY beloved husband of 32 years died after battling cancer for three-and-a-half years, family and friends did their best to comfort me. It didn’t take more than a few minutes to realize that, with the exception of a first kiss, there may not be a more awkward social interaction than trying to comfort the bereaved. Everyone meant well as they searched to find the right words, posture, and tone of voice to help me through an impossible time. Caring advice, personal stories, grief books and ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 October 2015 08:51 )

View From Denver

Something from nothing

Talk about a book that I was skeptical of when I picked it up. Actually, I didn’t pick it up. It was sent to me by the author. I don’t know why. I never met him, and I am not an adherent of Satmar Judaism. The book is a memoir of the long-time English principal of the Jewish schools of Satmar. It provides biographical sketches of the founding Satmar Rebbe in America, the late Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, the staunch anti-Zionist (1887-1979).
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