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May 03rd
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Men of the cloth

ALTHOUGH SHNEIDER, meaning tailor, is a common name in the Jewish community, I can’t say I have ever personally known one.

I do, however, remember a scene from “Fiddler on the Roof” vividly, when shouts of “It’s here! It’s here” rang out in celebration of an arrival — the arrival of a baby, the audience is led to think. In fact, it is the arrival of Motl the tailor’s long awaited Singer sewing machine.

Maybe it’s because my grandmother was a seamstress of sorts, her lips often pursed tightly holding a needle between them, a thimble capping her finger, threading a garment, that I have always had a soft spot for tailoring.

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Einstein, the Nazis and BDS

A key issue in comparing Nazism to any other social and political phenomenon is that Nazism is taken to connote what it ultimately became. Everybody naturally thinks of Nazism in terms of world war, death camps, crematoria, millions of innocents killed. Nazism means Holocaust, and the Holocaust is incomparable. How can Nazism validly be compared to any other social and political phenomenon?
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Am I missing something?

BLACK LIVES Matter because racist police have murdered innocent black men — no doubt, it has happened. The question is, how widespread is the malady? How frequently are police excessively violent toward blacks? Put another way, are black lives more at risk at the hands of police, or at the hands of others? According to a recent essay in the Wall Street Journal, based in large part on recent research by the Washington Post: • Of the 6,095 black homicide deaths in 2014, almost all of the vi...
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The gadolah

Mrs. Leah Kagan, I can honestly say, was one of my favorite people in this world. What a treasure of kindness and sweetness. I think she was one of the most accepting people I have ever met. She rose above pettiness and modeled true class of character. When I think of the kind of person I want to be in this world, it is she. She never waited until you came up to her, she came up to you, and with her ever present warm smile and the kindest brown eyes you ever did see.
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Who is old?

Age is a bugaboo to many. Who is old? A thousand answers are deduced to say: not me. The truth is, age is strictly relative. Anybody older than you is “old.” Anybody younger than you is “young.” Somebody in his young twenties sees teenagers as hopelessly young, and people in their late thirties as really old (not to mention the troglodytes in their sixties). Age, many old people say, is in your mind, not your body. You know, the “young at heart.”
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