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The pen is mightier than the sword

As a human being, as a Jew, and as a writer, I stand in solidarity with the heartbreaking tragedy at Charlie Hebdo.

Adding to that, like my fellow writers, I bleed ink. It is that fire in the blood of every writer to share the story, to make people think, truth or consequence, that aside from the profound tragedy and loss of life in this week’s painful Paris, it is the writers’ way that has come under attack.

I feel personally touched seeing the crowds at Paris’ Republic Square holding pen and paper aloft.

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Conservative Lens

Greatest day of your life

In my final column on the greatest guide ever devised for a good world — the Ten Commandments — I offer my readers what may well be the single best thing you can do (that you are probably not doing now) to improve the quality of your life, your family’s life and, ultimately, the life of society. Many people — even among those who revere the Ten Commandments — do not think that the fourth commandment, the Sabbath Day, is particularly important, let alone binding. Once you understand it...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:58 )

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View from Central Park

Funny {VIDEO}

WELL, IF politics doesn’t work out for MK Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of Communications, he can always pursue comedy instead. By now most of you have probably seen his catchy campaign “I’m Sorry” video. Like him or not, agree with him or not, Bennett’s video was funny. To sum it up, you basically see this Israeli hipster guy, his pug by his side, apologizing to the entire Tel Aviv....
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Conservative Lens

The worst sin

The Ten Commandments is the most morally influential piece of legislation ever written. To give a good idea of how relevant each of the 10 is, take the third commandment, one of the two most misunderstood commandments (the other is “Do not Murder,” which I explained in a recent column). Is there such a thing as “the worst sin” — one sin that is worse than all others? In fact, there is. I am aware that some people differ. They maintain that we can’t declare any sin worse than any o...
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View From Denver

Cong. Mike Coffman’s Jewish forbears

Cong. Mike Coffman’s Jewish forbearsI CAME to Cong. Mike Coffman intending to get the story of his Jewish forbears. He gave me that, and much more, too. Highlights from our 90-minute conversation: Coffman’s forbears were Jewish, originating in Baghdad, coming to the US and Israel via Shanghai, China. Waste at the Dept. of Defense is out of control. Coffman would go further than President Obama in cutting it. The VA hospital at Anschutz is not the only VA hospital over budget and years behind. The culprit: VA management. The ...
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The kosher Super Bowl halftime show

Gabe Friedman For those looking for a more family-friendly (or a more Jewish) alternative to the usual halftime show, Orthodox radio host Nachum Segal provides a solution. ... [Link]

Hezbollah chief says group is not afraid of war with Israel

Gabe Friedman The leader of Hezbollah said that his group does not want a war with Israel but will take immediate action against any Israeli aggression. ... [Link]

B’nai Brith Canada’s weekly to suspend print edition

Cnaan Liphshiz If it becomes permanent, the 13-week stop in printing of The Jewish Tribune would leave the Canadian Jewish News as the country’s only publication of its kind. ... [Link]

Letter circulating among House Dems urges postponement of Netanyahu speech

Ron Kampeas A letter urging Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to postpone a planned March 3 speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is circulating among Dem... [Link]

ADL slams lawmaker who asked for pledge from Muslim visitors

Ron Kampeas The Anti-Defamation League condemned as “antithetical to American values” a Texas lawmaker’s comment that Muslim visitors to her office should be requested to pledge allegiance to the United... [Link]

Israeli conductor dies during Switzerland concert

Cnaan Liphshiz Witnesses said Israel Yinon, 59, fell off the stage in Lucerne. ... [Link]

Conservative flagship to finance capital improvement by selling dorms, air rights

Julie Wiener The Jewish Theological Seminary plans to sell two dorms, some of its air rights and potentially part of its library building to finance an ambitious campus redevelopment project. ... [Link]

IDF nabs 2 armed Palestinians on Gaza border

Cnaan Liphshiz The infiltration was thwarted shortly after Islamists killed 27 in four attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. ... [Link]

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