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When I was a child I found it common that pictures of deceased parents hung on the walls of homes I visited. It seemed natural to remember these distant figures that way.

When my own Dad died in 1972, I couldn’t look at his picture. It was too painful. I did not hang a picture of him on the wall. Even now, 42 years later, all I can bear is a glance.

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View from Central Park

Who was Esther?

Who was Esther?THE SCROLL OF ESTHER opens with the strangest of scenes. Reading chapter one alone, you would never know this is a Jewish book or that it has anything to do with Judaism or Jewish history. True, there is the striking absence of    G-d’s name mentioned throughout the scroll, or megillah, but upon studying the text there are opportunities to sense and feel G-d’s guiding presence. But chapter one? It reads more like a modern-day Mardi Gras party, or upon careful study, a party with more licen...
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Liberal Lens

Border security not a cure-all

WITH THE opening of the new Congress, Republican lawmakers have been promising a renewed focus on border security as a supposed cure-all for America’s broken immigration system. Left unaddressed, though, is a simple question: How does border security address the status of millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the US? The answer is that it probably won’t, according to a person who knows a thing or two about immigration: Felipe Calderon.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:29 )

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View from Central Park

Yes, a refuge

Netanyahu is sending a message to world Jewry, specifically European Jewry, that Israel is ITS home. And he is being criticized for it with anger, as if saying Israel is there for you as a homeland is a bad thing. “We say to you our brothers and sisters, Israel is your home. . . Israel is the home of every Jew, waiting for you with open arms.” The response by French and Danish leaders? Rejection and criticism, as if Netanyahu were expressing a controversial thought, sparking conflict....
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View from Central Park

They weren’t ‘random’ attacks

On a day when many of us were perplexed and appalled by the White House’s strange referral to the attack on the kosher deli in Paris last month as “random” (and by the painfully embarrassing response about this by Jen Psaki) — an attack the French government immediately recognized as obviously anti-Jewish, not to mention the terrorist himself professing this (while holding the Jews hostage he called a local news station, saying, “I am killing Jews”), on such a day, three recognizable...

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 February 2015 09:27 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Iran talks extended another day

Ben Harris Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program were extended for a second time beyond the March 31 deadline for a framework accord. ... [Link]

South Dakota legislator Dan Lederman resigns midterm

Marcy Oster Lederman, a Republican who has served in the state Legislature for seven years, said in a blog post that he was stepping down to spend more time with his family. ... [Link]

Sen. Robert Menendez indicted on corruption charges

Marcy Oster A champion of intensified sanctions on Iran, Menendez was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly doing political favors for a friend and political contributor. ... [Link]

Riskin’s Haman remark reflects broad Israeli distrust of Obama

Ben Sales Mistrust of the president has grown more apparent as the United States and Iran approach a deal over the latter’s disputed nuclear program. ... [Link]

Mikvah-peeping rabbi’s estranged wife speaks publicly for first time

Julie Wiener Sharon Freundel’s 90-minute lecture at a suburban Washington day school did not discuss herself or her estranged husband, but it did address issues related to his crime. ... [Link]

Jewish candidate quits UK race after saying Israel should kidnap Obama

Anthony Weiss The United Kingdom Independence Party candidate, running for Parliament in a major Jewish district of London, had suggested that Israel should “do an Eichmann” on the U.S. president. ... [Link]

U.S.-Israel missile system David’s Sling passes key test

Anthony Weiss The system detected a target missile launching and destroyed it in a trial that potentially clears the way for full-scale deployment. ... [Link]

Kirk Douglas’ underground tunnel to the Playboy Mansion is no April Fool’s joke

Gabe Friedman On Monday, Playboy revealed that secret tunnels were built in the 1970s to connect the Playboy mansion to the houses of a select group of A-list actors. ... [Link]

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