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Celebrating a kidnapping [VIDEO]

It’s Day 13 since the vicious violation of children’s rights, since the kidnapping by Hamas of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali.

As IDF’s “Operation Brother’s Keeper” was unfolding the first week in Hebron, I felt this intense sense of the boys being protected. Hebron, after all, is our “Ir Avot,” the city of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs. I felt like they were with Eyal, Gilad and Naftali — that hopefully they would be OK.

Truly we were like a family, in an instant a diverse and all too often contentious nation united in prayer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:27 )

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View From Denver

Is there order in the Torah?

Is there order in the Torah?ORDER in the court! Order in this sense means silence, or good behavior. Order in the Torah means sequence. Did the events recorded in the Torah actually happen in the sequence in which they are recorded? The question seems almost non-sensical. Who writes things out of order? Actually, both fiction and non-fiction are filled with events out of order: with flashbacks, with contemporary references in histories, with oscillations between one generation and another, or within early and later stage...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2014 04:35 )

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View from Central Park

The three kidnapped teens

What really is there to say at such a painful time? My heart is broken along with all of yours. I feel consumed with worry. I am holding my breath along with the anguish of the entire Jewish people. All the Israeli friends I have spoken with are consumed. From “What more can Am Yisrael suffer?” to “Don’t worry, G-d is big.” We are strong.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:50 )

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Reflections

What death can teach

By her own account, my mother is not a religious woman. She does not read the Bible, know Hebrew or put much stock in Jewish observance. She has been known to comment on my own degree of commitment to Judaism in anxious, hushed tones, the kind she uses when someone in our family is seriously ill. My brother once told me she told him about the “weird tent with hanging fruit” in our backyard (our sukkah) and the cleaning frenzy I engage in before Passover as evidence that I’ve gone off the ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:48 )

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View From Denver

Is prayer an attempt to manipulate G-d?

Is prayer an attempt to manipulate G-d?AS we go to press, people around the world are praying for the safety and release of the three boys apparently kidnapped in Israel on June 12. What do we expect to happen from these prayers? If the boys are released, does that mean that we manipulated  G-d? If the boys are not released, does that mean that G-d does not listen to our prayers? What is prayer, exactly? In this column, I concentrate on petitionary prayer, leaving for another time prayers that constitute praise of G-d and grati...

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2014 02:30 )

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JTA News

Summer vacation canceled for Hasidic, haredi yeshivas

Marcy Oster Hasidic and haredi students will continue studies during the summer vacation time in order to pray and study for the protection of the Jewish people and Israeli soldiers during the Gaza operation. ... [Link]

Three Jews arrested in beating of Palestinians in Jerusalem

Marcy Oster Three Jews were arrested in connection with the severe beating of two Palestinians in Jerusalem by a Jewish mob. ... [Link]

Michelle Nunn’s leaked memo shows how Jews are courted

Anthony Weiss A leaked campaign memo illustrates how politicos really think about Jewish donors. ... [Link]

Brussels Jewish museum shooting suspect charged with murder

Marcy Oster The Frenchman suspected of killing four people at the Jewish Museum of Belgium has been charged with murder. ... [Link]

IDF authorizes humanitarian window in Gaza fighting

Marcy Oster he Israeli military authorized a four-hour humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza. ... [Link]

Peres on Gaza: Time to turn to diplomacy

Marcy Oster Former Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Israeli government to seek a diplomatic solution to the Gaza crisis and to return Gaza to the Palestinian Authority. ... [Link]

Weapons found stored in third UN school in Gaza

Marcy Oster A stockpile of weapons was discovered at a third United Nations school in the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

At least 15 Gazans dead in shelling on U.N. school sheltering civilians

Marcy Oster At least 15 Palestinians were killed in shelling on a United Nations school in the Jabaliya refugee camp, which is serving as a shelter for Gazans displaced from their homes in the current conflict. ... [Link]

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