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Our own stories of destruction

This year, in this season of national mourning culminating in Tisha b’Av, we have our own aggadot churban or stories of destruction. It is not only past history we will be grieving when we read the melancholy Book of Lamentations (Eicha), but current events. We will be grieving our brave and holy Israeli soldiers, who died protecting our people and out land.

It is to so painful, one by one, to hear of their loss. I look at their photos, read a little about each one, read their heart wrenching final letters to their families, listen to the eulogies . . . the heart is anguished.

Then there are the wounded. Wounds that change your life forever.

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Liberal Lens

Pension cuts finance stadium subsidies

AS states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams. Detroit last week became the most prominent example of this trend. Officials in the financially devastated city announced that their plan to slash public workers’ pension benefits will move forward. On the same day, the billionaire owners of the Detroit R...
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View From Denver

Why Israel still fights in Gaza — a reminder

Why Israel still fights in Gaza — a reminderMOSES found it necessary to remind people what’s in the Torah just before he died. Reminders are OK. The necessary reminding at this hour is about Israel. Israel — the eternal heritage of the Jewish people. And Israel — the contemporary Jewish state at war. Moses said: The Torah is too much to take in at once. Genesis is packed full of history, genealogy and ethics. Likewise, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers — plus, laws.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:50 )

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View from Central Park

Never more proud to be Jewish

When there is a crisis in our homeland of Israel, our collective Jewish spirit is revealed for the strong and beautiful spirit that it is. As much as we all identify with Israel, there is that understandable gulf between world Jewry and Israel. Come a war, and in seconds the gulf is stripped completely. The indelible photos flowing in of soldiers, of Israelis helping soldiers, of the strengthened praying and singing, truly penetrate the soul and make us feel like we are one. Because we are one...

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 July 2014 04:59 )

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View From Denver

‘All brides are beautiful, all dead were pious’

‘All brides are beautiful, all dead were pious’THE Israelites were condemned to wander 40 years in the desert. Did they? Following the failure of the spies to instill confidence in the free Israelite slaves that they could conquer the Land of Israel, G-d said, in effect: Free slaves cannot become free men. They will have to die out. It will take 40 years. Which means: The stopping points of the freed slaves in the desert recall some awful developments, such as the places where the Israelites lost faith that they could conquer the lan...
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