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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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View from Central Park

Powderhounds . . . Skibrews

WE COLORADANS are blessed to live here. Winter is a season we love and look forward to. Unlike so many other places in the country and even the world, where winter is dreaded, we are under the magical spell of cold mountain air and snowy days with snow so powdery that falling into it is like sinking into a fluffy pillow. With that kind of snow, no wonder many of us (me included) are complete snow snobs. When Snow Industry of America (SIA) comes to town, we get to share that love. Officially, it...

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 February 2015 09:32 )

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Conservative Lens

If the President couldn’t tell a lie

In the famous 1997 movie comedy “Liar Liar,” actor Jim Carrey plays a lawyer who, as a result of his young son’s birthday wish being magically fulfilled, cannot tell a lie — he can only tell the truth — for 24 hours. Let’s imagine that such a wish forced President Obama to do the same, not for 24 hours, but only during his State of the Union address. Here is what he said followed by what he would have said if he could only tell the truth.
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Rabbi Rosenfeld

Ezekiel the prophet links Noah, Daniel and Job together (14:14) as righteous men. What was the connection? Rashi and the rabbis explain that these three men saw their worlds destroyed, and then somehow found the wherewithal to rebuild. Noah, on a universal level (the utter destruction of civilization, then its subsequent rebuilding); Daniel, on a national Jewish level (from a Temple in its glory to its destruction, exile and then its rebuilding); and Job, on a personal level (painfully bereft o...
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In ‘A Nazi Legacy,’ a son’s love is tested by mass murder

Uriel Heilman What happens when a son’s love collides with the immutable facts of history? ... [Link]

Children of Bergen-Belsen survivors gather to warn: Never forget

Marcy Oster Seventy years after the camp’s liberation, dozens personally touched by the history — including children born at a nearby DP camp — return to the site to share memories. ... [Link]

Terrorists planting bomb on Israel-Syria border killed in Israeli strike

Marcy Oster The attack comes two days after Arab media reports that Israel attacked a convoy of long-range missiles in Syria that were intended for Hezbollah in northern Lebanon. ... [Link]

Nepal aftershocks delay IDF emergency aid mission

Marcy Oster Two flights, containing some 260 personnel, were pushed back to monitor changing conditions on the ground and the condition of the runway in Kathmandu. ... [Link]

In aftermath of Nepal quake, Israelis sending help and looking for their own

Ben Sales Teams of Israeli emergency workers are heading to south Asia following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that has killed at least 2,000; some 200 Israelis are among the missing. ... [Link]

Jewish Google exec dies on Mount Everest in avalanche triggered by Nepal quake

Marcy Oster The sister of Dan Fredinburg, 33, reported his passing in a post on his Instagram account, saying he suffered a head injury in the avalanche. ... [Link]

Palestinian arrested in Jerusalem car ramming attack on police

Marcy Oster Four officers were injured when a car deliberately slammed into them while they were standing by an eastern Jerusalem road near the site of rioting earlier in the day. ... [Link]

Obama playfully skewers journalists over Netanyahu controversy

Marcy Oster “I look so old John Boehner’s already invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at my funeral,” Obama said at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. ... [Link]

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