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After the cease-fire...the wounded

IT could have been a college dorm. After all, all the young guys and girls were around age 19-22. The doors and hallways were decked mostly, but not only, in yellow flags with symbols. Some swaths of fabric hanging on the doors or in the rooms were green, with a different symbol. Clearly certain “teams” were proudly being cheered for.

The only thing is, this wasn’t a college dorm, and the teams were military units. It was a floor at Tel Hashomer hospital with some of the wounded from Israel’s recent war against Hamas, Tsuk Eitan, “Protective Edge.”

Organized by Rabbi Daniel (Mush) Meyer of the International Young Israel, I was visiting wounded IDF heroes with Rabbis Emanuel Feldman, Reuven Tradbruks, Steven Pruzansky and, together with his wife Adina, David Mescheloff.

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Conservative Lens

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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View From Denver

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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View From Denver

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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JTA News

Nominations open for NBN Bonei Zion Prize for outstanding immigrants

Marcy Oster Nominations have opened for the Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize recognizing outstanding English-speaking immigrants to Israel. ... [Link]

Lawyers for Palestinian-American woman want to bar terrorism from trial

Marcy Oster Lawyers for a naturalized American citizen of Palestinian descent who is accused of concealing a conviction on terrorist bombings in Israel asked a federal judge to bar references to terrorism at her ... [Link]

Abdullah blasts Israel to appease Qatar, Egypt, Israeli envoy hints

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested King Abdullah’s allegation that Israel kills Arab children en masse owes to pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. ... [Link]

Danish health director: No reason to ban circumcision

Cnaan Liphshiz Denmark’s national health authority does not think non-medical circumcision is risky enough to justify a ban on it, the body’s director said. ... [Link]

European rabbis seek laws singling out anti-Semitic hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz European rabbis called on governments throughout the continent to pass laws targeting hate speech against Jews. ... [Link]

Ireland’s Upper House calls on government to recognize Palestine

Marcy Oster Without voting, Ireland’s Upper House accepted the nonbinding motion for formal recognition of Palestine statehood. ... [Link]

Women of the Wall smuggle Torah scroll into Kotel plaza

Cnaan Liphshiz Women who brought in a small Torah scroll into the Western Wall Plaza in defiance of the site’s rules were allowed to finish praying. ... [Link]

Dutch mayor likens jihadis to Jews who left for pre-state Israel

Cnaan Liphshiz A Dutch mayor said Holland should not prevent Islamists from leaving for Syria just as it let Jews immigrate to prestate Israel. ... [Link]

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