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Last week I decided to research the Torah’s approach to coping with death, loss and bereavement. I spent time studying many different Biblical sources, as well as Talmudic ones, narratives replete with the personification of the Angel of Death as well as the rabbis’ perspective on consolation.

I re-read many narratives that I have studied previously, but this time through the prism of loss and mourning.

Just to name a few examples: Cain and Abel. And Eve, a bereaved mother’s response: the conception and birth of Seth.

Abraham’s prayers on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah and the story of Lot.

View From Denver

The Holmes trial is insane

DID YOU notice? It took less time to catch, jail, try and convict the Boston Marathon bomber than it took just to start the James Holmes trial — whose mass murder in an Aurora, Colorado theater occurred before the Boston Marathon bombing. Something is wrong here. An abuse of judicial process. It is one thing to afford a fair trial, it is quite something else to delay and obstruct a trial with every imaginable — and legally pointless — maneuver.

If a tree falls in the forest...

WHEN I was a little girl I used to take long walks with my dad in our neighborhood. Sometimes he would tie pieces of candy to the branches of trees before our walk, which I would delight in finding when he pointed to a bird or new buds on a branch. I believed in magic, I believed in the power of trees and I believed him when he told me that the “GF” (Good Fairy) had left them for me. It wasn’t until I grew up that I realized that GF stood for Good Father. On one such walk Dad presented me...
Liberal Lens

The economics of marijuana

The convention floor at Denver Airport’s Crowne Plaza on a recent afternoon could have been the trade show for any well-established industry — gray-haired execs in conservative suits mingling with office park dads in polos and fresh-out-of-college types in brand-emblazoned T-shirts. Only this is a new kind of business conference with a special Colorado theme: legal weed.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 May 2015 10:21 )

View from Central Park

Signs of summer

In most cities in the world, you know it is spring or on the way to summertime when the sunshine spills over and you see bicycle riders, en masse, filling the streets. The thing is, in Denver, you’ve got sunshine spilling over during all four seasons. So other signs become the markers of spring and summer. Lately though, Denver feels more like rainy Seattle. Lest you misunderstand, I absolutely adore thunderstorms. As far as I am concerned, bring them on. Denver always has. Come late aftern...
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Cnaan Liphshiz Event comes amid release of data speaking of 138-percent rise in anti-Jewish crimes in British capital. ... [Link]

IDF troops kill Palestinian, 17, near Ramallah

Cnaan Liphshiz Army says teen hurled stones at jeep but Palestinian sources say he was shot while climbing wall. ... [Link]

Israel OKs larger Egyptian force to fight jihadis

Uriel Heilman Israel has given Egypt the green light to use advanced military force against Islamic militants in the Sinai and has closed a southern Israeli highway as a precaution. ... [Link]

Spoilers alert: Six guys to watch the day after an Iran deal

Ron Kampeas These six people could determine the success of a nuclear deal with Iran. ... [Link]

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