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Ordinary can become extraordinary

She could do anything with her professional life that she wanted to do. Not many can boast of Sandy’s talents; she is a highly educated, talented musician, a wonderful teacher and a dedicated mother and wife. So when she told me what she does in a typical work day, I was stunned.

Several days a week Sandy takes care of Ruth, an elderly, infirm woman to whom she is both care-giver and devoted companion. She does many of the things that a dutiful daughter would do — from driving her to doctor’s appointments and helping her shop, to writing holiday cards and paying bills.

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View from Central Park

Bloody tallit

Just when I thought it not possible for my heart to be shattered any more, I heard it. I caught my breath when suddenly and unexpectedly a photo flashed on my computer screen, my eyes falling on the grisly scene: the blood soaked siddur, so thickly layered it was almost like a glaze; a meat cleaver at the side of a body, lying lifelessly; a blood-drenched tallit- and tefilin-wrapped, severed arm on the floor; pools and splatters of blood staining the floor all around. A life, moments ago a beat...
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View From Denver

In the heart of Jerusalem

THE mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, in condemning last Tuesday’s terror attack on worshippers in a synagogue, observed that the synagogue was “in the heart of Jerusalem.” It wasn’t always so. That synagogue was in Har Nof. This neighborhood wasn’t always “the heart of Jerusalem.” In fact, when Har Nof was founded, it wasn’t clear whether it was in Jerusalem at all. The elastic status of that neighborhood is a microcosm of the entire Jewish-Arab conflict over the past 133 yea...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:37 )

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Conservative Lens

When Republicans win, it’s ‘dysfunctional’

Since the Bolsheviks inaugurated the first edition of their party newspaper Pravda (the Russian word for truth), the left has shaped truth to serve its goals. On an individual level, there are plenty of progressives who are honest and plenty of conservatives who aren’t. But truth is just not a left-wing value. Rather, feminism, environmentalism, material equality, and fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia are more important. The myriad falsehood-based hysterias unleashed by the...
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View from Central Park

Welcome, North Korea

What is happening in the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset? A bill undermining the bedrock of any Democratic society, the sacrosanct freedom of speech, was put forth by Eitan Cabel of the Labor Party, to limit the distribution of free newspapers. And it passed. True, formally the bill still has two more readings, plus a host of other hurdles, to become law. I don’t think it will survive. But still. The principle of it! Yisrael [Israel] Hayom is a daily newspaper that is distributed free (thi...
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Iran unveils monument to Iran-Iraq War Jewish ‘martyrs’

Ron Kampeas Iran unveiled a monument to Jews who died during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War. ... [Link]

Freundel-related lawsuit adds RCA as defendant

Ron Kampeas A lawsuit arising out of allegations of voyeurism at a Washington D.C. ritual bath added the Rabbinical Council of America as a defendant. ... [Link]

Suspected Kansas City JCC shooter found competent to stand trial

Marcy Oster Frazier Glenn Cross Jr. said as he left the courtroom, “I had a right and a duty to do what I did.” ... [Link]

Causing stir, prominent Conservative rabbi considers breaking intermarriage ban

Uriel Heilman Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz of Temple Emanuel in Newton, Mass., proposed a new synagogue policy that would have him officiate at interfaith weddings for couples who commit to a “Covenant to Raise Jewi... [Link]

Mossad spy reached Hezbollah’s upper ranks, Arab media report

Ron Kampeas A Lebanese businessman arrested last week succeeded the slain operations chief Imad Mughniyeh, the reports say. ... [Link]

Despite menorah confiscations, women kindle lights at Western Wall

Marcy Oster Security guards said they were acting on orders from the Kotel rabbi, Women of the Wall said. ... [Link]

Swedish lawmaker: Jews must assimilate to become true Swedes

Marcy Oster Far-right lawmaker Bjorn Soder angered Jewish leaders with his call on Jews and other minorities “to adapt to the Swedish and assimilate in order to become Swedish.” ... [Link]

Near major oil spill, a solar field grows in Israel

Ben Sales In the southern region where the country’s largest ever oil spill befouled a 3.5 mile stretch of desert, Israel hopes to become a leader in renewable energy. ... [Link]

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