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Like vertical shards of colored glass

When I first moved to Israel as a twenty something, I found myself one day preparing for an autumn holiday, wanting to make a fruit salad. The fruit salad I had always made was inspired by my mother’s recipe, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and cantaloupe, with an orange citrus and mint sauce to go with it.

I searched high and low for the fruits so I could make this delicious and refreshing fruit salad, but alas, there were none to be found.

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View From Denver

Wheel of fate

I AM AFRAID to ask their names, although I don’t know why. I am afraid of a lot of things. Truly it is irrational, for how can a person just one line above the catatonic hurt me? He stands there, quite tall, about 6’ 3” I’d say, sort of rotating slowly on the balls of his feet, moving neither forward nor backward, with this plastic grin on his face. It is different, extremely different, from the “plastic smile” we attribute to superficial people. This grin is engraved on his face as ...
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View from Central Park

The Boss of the Plains

The Boss of the PlainsYee-haw! It’s here. The National Western Stock Show. And last Thursday at noon, under a perfect blue Denver sky, with the charming and vintage silhouette of a pale gray Union Station and its orange lettering, its clock, and Mount Evans looming far behind it, towering over the crowd, the annual Stock Show parade hit Seventeenth Street.
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Reflections

The power of love

I watched him care for his wife until she passed away. He was very quiet, not prone to conversation, but always had a shy smile and comfortable way about him. I didn’t see him much after she died, except when he would head out of his driveway on his 10-speed bike for one of his long Sunday morning rides. Several years passed and I watched as my neighbor painted his porch, washed his truck and cut the oleander in his yard. It was a solitary life compared to mine, which was filled with the dema...
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View From Denver

France is over

Roosters or ostriches, however you dice it, France’s prime minister is out to lunch. Before last week’s mass murders in France, one at a kosher supermarket, I wrote of France in last week’s column, “The exile comes home to roost.” I observed (again, before last week’s slaughter): “Stories on attacks on Jews in France are so numerous that they blur. A synagogue is shot at. A synagogue is surrounded by a mob. A person with a yarmulke is attacked. A Paris suburb puts up a plaque hon...
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JTA News

War crimes complaint filed against Hamas in U.S.

Marcy Oster A Tel Aviv-based NGO filed the complaint on behalf of 26 American citizens over an attack for which Hamas claimed responsibility. ... [Link]

After the nuclear negotiators go home, what happens next?

Uriel Heilman If a deal is reached, who needs to approve it? What are Israel’s alternatives? How are the U.S.-Iran nuclear talks reshaping the Arab Middle East? ... [Link]

GW student gov’t addresses swastika incidents with request for added security

Marcy Oster A student senate resolution at George Washington University asked the school to install more security cameras in dorms. ... [Link]

Dermer: Israel must speak up on Iran threat

Marcy Oster Israel’s U.S. ambassador, making his first public comments since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected, also reaffirmed strong U.S.-Israel ties. ... [Link]

Plans for 2,200 homes in Jerusalem Arab neighborhood gain preliminary approval

Marcy Oster The plans approved by an Interior Ministry committee in Israel also will retroactively approve 300 illegal Arab homes in the same neighborhood. ... [Link]

Iran talks deadline extended a day

Uriel Heilman “‎We’ve made enough progress in the last days to merit staying until Wednesday,” a State Department official told reporters. “There are several difficult issues still remaining.” ... [Link]

From ‘80s to today, Israeli ‘family’ revels in close ties

mbrodsky A group of new immigrants to Israel, brought together by a shared army program, has stayed close for decades even with some members no longer in the country. ... [Link]

What biblical villain is Obama most like (besides Haman, of course)?

Julie Wiener Why, less than a week before Passover, did Rabbi Shlomo Riskin slam Obama with a Haman comparison rather than a Pharaoh one? ... [Link]

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