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On losing a parent

My father, Max Prager, died last week. Here are some thoughts on the death of a parent.

1. Longevity

Parents who live long are very lucky. Not only for their longevity, and not only because they get to see their children grow into adulthood, and not only because they may see grandchildren, but for all those extra years to reconcile with their children. Had my father died when I was a teenager, we would not have had the decades since then to get closer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:22 )

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Humanism and the fear of G-d

Humanism and the fear of G-dSAY the word G-d and one tends to think of the beyond. To the Rabbi Israel Salanter and his Musar disciples, say the word G-d and one should think of people. Of humanity. Musar teaches that religion — coming close to G-d — is also about coming close to people. This reorientation, in a nutshell, was the innovation of the Musar movement that Rabbi Israel began. G-d-consciousness does not exclude humanism, and humanism need not exclude G-d. And so, if we ask, is G-d inside us or outside u...
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The Jewish claim to the land of Israel

The Jewish claim to the land of IsraelThere is blatant anti-Semitism out there. Check this: “At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised? #Gaza.” That’s a tweet from a professor whose job at the University of Illinois was (thankfully) rescinded. Try this: “Our brothers and sisters in Palestine are slaughtered by the Jewish pigs.”
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Liberal Lens

Juking the job stats

A DECADE ago, as the US hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry. Sounds ludicrous? Today, with the manufacturing sector still ailing, the federal government wants to take something called “factoryless goods” and categorize the firms that make them as manufacturers. As part of the plan, the government could also classify some foreign-manufactured goods as US exports. The change would help politicians make the case ...
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Reflections

What makes Jewish time tick?

I grew up in a home where time was always a stressful issue. Mom was usually dressed and ready to go to a party at least 24 hours before it started. Before any vacation, you could find her suitcase sitting proudly by the back door — at least two days before we were scheduled to leave. Then there was Dad, who had this annoying habit of sauntering into the house after a sweaty game of tennis about five minutes before company was expected. Before any car trip, you would find Dad poring over roa...
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After Twitter ruling, tech firms increasingly toe Europe’s line on hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz Facebook and YouTube have taken steps to remove hateful material from their sites — a result, experts say, of Twitter’s defeat in a French court last year. ... [Link]

Canadian Jewish institutions ramping up security following jihadist incidents

Julie Wiener Two soldiers have been killed in attacks, including one on the Parliament in the nation’s capital. ... [Link]

Netanyahu vows to secure Jerusalem against terror, international ‘weakness’

Marcy Oster Attempts to attack Jerusalem residents “will be met with a sharp reaction,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the day after a deadly terror incident in the city. ... [Link]

Arielle Davis brightens smiles of sick kids and their families

Raffi Wineburg The Northern Californian earned the nickname “toothbrush lady” for her work collecting dental hygiene supplies for her local Ronald McDonald House. ... [Link]

U.S.-based Helmsley Trust awards Israeli institutions over $9 million

Marcy Oster The grants were awarded to the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Weizmann Institute of Science and the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. ... [Link]

Jerusalem hosting challah bake as part of Shabbos Project

Marcy Oster The Great Big Jerusalem Challah Bake will be hosted by celebrity Jewish chef Jamie Geller. ... [Link]

Rivlin heading to new Warsaw Jewish museum aboard Polish president’s plane

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s president accepted Bronislaw Komorowski’s offer to provide a ride to the unveiling of the core display of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli soccer team fined for honoring ex-Knesset lawmaker

Marcy Oster The Bnei Sakhnin club was penalized $4,000 for its tribute to Azmi Bishara, who fled Israel amid accusations of treason and espionage. ... [Link]

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