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Chimes of peace

ON our way to meet Rafi Babayan, chief security officer of Sdot Negev Regional Council, we kept passing signs — “Warning: Missile Area — Your Life is in Danger.”

This was my introduction to Kibbutz Alumim within the Green Line, an organic farming kibbutz bordering Gaza.

When the news reported the very real danger of tunnels being dug into kibbutz dining halls, with terrorists popping out, this is one such kibbutz. In fact, at one point while our small group was loitering, Rafi turned to us smiling, “let’s get out of here before terrorists pop out of a tunnel.”

Alumim is so close to Gaza, the two places practically graze one another.

Rafi is a veteran IDF paratrooper who, right before we arrived had seen, with no Code Red warning, the brief silvery flash of three rockets light up the sky.

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Islamic State (ISIL) is ‘non-Islamic’?

PRESIDENT Obama declared in his recent address to the nation that “ISIL is not Islamic.” How does he know? On what basis did the president of the US declare the group of Muslims that calls itself “Islamic State” is “not Islamic”? Has he studied Islam and Islamic history and concluded that ISIL, Boko Haram, al-Qaida, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Taliban, Jamaat-e-Islami, Lashkar-e-Taiba (the group which slaughtered 166 people in Mumbai, most especially guests at the Taj Hotel, and which to...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2014 02:56 )

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View from Central Park

Sderot

On the road leading to the now famous, embattled city of Sderot in Southern Israel, trees line the road. There is talk in the van of this “linear forest” of trees intentionally planted, as in France where trees were planted to block the invading Germans and prevent them from moving forces. Here too the trees are to block the enemy in Gaza. I am with Chanan Elias of Face of Israel and Council of Jewish Organization (COJO). We are nearing Kibbutz Alumim — an organic farming kibbutz — beyo...
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View From Denver

Something new on repentance

Something new on repentanceIF repentance is strictly a matter between me and myself, or between me and G-d — the likes of introspection, resolution and renewal — probably most of us have already traveled this route. We know its difficulties and rewards. If repentance is a matter of fixing our relationships with other people, then we know that drill, too. This does not make it any easier, but the idea is clear. What if, however, repentance is something else? Rabbi Chaim Walkin sets forth a larger and different context...
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View From Denver

What’s the question?

What’s the question?THIS week’s Torah portion opens with a very beautiful passage about first fruits. The Torah predicts that the Israelites will be successful in conquering, settling and farming the Land of Israel, and obligates them to bring a portion of their first fruits as an offering to G-d. It also obligates them to make a statement upon presenting these fruits. Part of this statement may be familiar from the Passover Haggadah — the part about the Aramean trying to destroy our forefather. In reading th...
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JTA News

Yemen minister dedicates award to country’s Jews

Anthony Weiss Yemen’s minister of culture is donating an international human rights prize to the country’s tiny and persecuted Jewish minority. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Stop reckless sponsorship of anti-Israelism

Sara K. Greenberg Corporations and universities should not lend mainstream legitimacy to such a radical and odious movement as BDS. ... [Link]

And the only state without a Chabad is…

Julie Wiener As of this year, Chabad-Lubavitch — hosting its annual gathering this weekend in New York — has a permanent presence in 49 states. So which one is the holdout? ... [Link]

Several injured in West Bank clashes

Cnaan Liphshiz A soldier and several Palestinians were wounded in Friday riots across the West Bank. ... [Link]

Two Jews lightly wounded in Jerusalem stabbing

Cnaan Liphshiz A stabbing attack, which the victims said was committed by Arabs, happened outside an eastern Jerusalem yeshiva. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Behind social entrepreneurship, a surprising force

Julie Wiener Religiously affiliated supporters of Jewish innovation are involved in Jewish life, know what they find most valuable in Judaism and want to find ways to share it with others, this foundation director... [Link]

Report: Iranian envoy to return to Tehran ahead of nuke talks deadline

Cnaan Liphshiz Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will consult with his country’s leaders on nuclear negotiations. ... [Link]

Do you know a teen who deserves a shout-out?

Ami Eden We’re looking for teens whose social action work is worthy of attention — to highlight in our Teen Heroes column. Please send your suggestions to teens@jta.org. ... [Link]

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