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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 demands and joys of my growing family, work and friends.

Then one day I looked out the window and saw him laughing as he hoisted a young boy on his shoulders. Even from a distance, I could see the light in his eyes.

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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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View From Denver

Is the exile coming home to roost?

NB: This column was written prior to the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the hostage-taking at a kosher supermarket in Paris on January 9. ONLY A two-year hiatus from reading the news could leave one ignorant of the truth about being Jewish in France today. 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 honoring a convicted Palestinian terrorist. S...

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 January 2015 11:02 )

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View from Central Park

The pen is mightier than the sword

As a human being, as a Jew, and as a writer, I stand in solidarity with the heartbreaking tragedy at Charlie Hebdo. Adding to that, like my fellow writers, I bleed ink. It is that fire in the blood of every writer to share the story, to make people think, truth or consequence, that aside from the profound tragedy and loss of life in this week’s painful Paris, it is the writers’ way that has come under attack. I feel personally touched seeing the crowds at Paris’ Republic Square holding p...
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Conservative Lens

Greatest day of your life

In my final column on the greatest guide ever devised for a good world — the Ten Commandments — I offer my readers what may well be the single best thing you can do (that you are probably not doing now) to improve the quality of your life, your family’s life and, ultimately, the life of society. Many people — even among those who revere the Ten Commandments — do not think that the fourth commandment, the Sabbath Day, is particularly important, let alone binding. Once you understand it...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:58 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

U.S. court tosses Palestinian complaint against charities that support West Bank settlers

Gabe Friedman The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York threw out an appeal from a group of 13 Palestinians who sought damages for alleged “terrorist attacks” by Israeli West Bank settlers. ... [Link]

Key congressional committees approve anti-BDS amendments

Ron Kampeas Key congressional committees approved amendments to a major trade act that would require U.S. negotiators to discourage trading partners from boycotting Israel or settlements in the West Bank. ... [Link]

U.S. drone strike killed al-Qaida member with Jewish lineage

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — Adam Yahiya Gadahn, one of the two American al-Qaida members killed in the U.S. drone strikes disclosed Thursday by the White House, was himself of Jewish ancestry. Gadahn, 36, who also ... [Link]

Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion

Gabe Friedman For the first time, prominent rabbis and renowned mental health researchers engaged in a public discussion about homosexuality and Orthodoxy. ... [Link]

Israeli filmmaker wins top honor at Buenos Aires festival

Julie Wiener Nadav Lapid was named Best Director for his film “The Kindergarten Teacher.” ... [Link]

From the Archive: First rumblings in the battle for pluralism at the Western Wall

Julie Wiener Conflicts over prayer at the holy site began almost as soon as Israel’s Six-Day War victory made the area accessible to Jews. ... [Link]

FBI chief apologizes for Holocaust comment on Poland

Cnaan Liphshiz Comey’s apology, which came on Monday at the urging of the Polish foreign ministry, follows his op-ed about the Holocaust, which was published last week by the Washington Post. ... [Link]

Israel, Portugal honor ‘humble’ priest who saved Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz A devout and private man, Joaquim Carreira first received recognition for his heroism only last year. ... [Link]

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