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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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View From Denver

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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View from Central Park

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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View From Denver

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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His bet was on the Panthers

Boy do I wish I had been in Denver this past week. It’s at a time like this that you feel true love and homesickness for your hometown. Denver is bursting with life, and I wish I could touch it and feel it, not just view it from afar on livestream. When I sat down to watch the Super Bowl with some friends, one of them quipped: “Do you even know the rules of football?” “Yes, I know the basics,” I replied, “I know what a touchdown is,” to which one friend burst out laughing. Over t...
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Teen arrested for allegedly smashing Holocaust memorial in Poland

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – A teenager in Poland was arrested for allegedly smashing a Holocaust monument and scrawling anti-Semitic slogans and a neo-Nazi symbol on it. The 16-year-old had escaped from a state j... [Link]

Jewish groups welcome Facebook, Twitter pledge to crack down on hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) – Jewish groups welcomed a pledge by four internet giants to crack down on online hate speech, though some questioned the firms’ commitment to act. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Micros... [Link]

Woman says she was fired from Jewish group for not being Jewish enough

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — A woman is suing a Jewish non-profit health organization for wrongful termination, claiming she was let go because she was not Jewish enough. Helaine Dominguez, 69, was the director of... [Link]

Court awards employee $31,000 for abuse by Netanyahu’s wife

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — A former employee of the Israeli Prime Minister’s Residence was awarded some $31,000 by a Jerusalem labor court for mistreatment at the hands of the prime minister’s wife. ... [Link]

‘Never react to provocations,’ Pope Francis tells Israeli musician

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Asked how to avoid religion-based divisions between people, Pope Francis advised an Israeli musician to “never react” to provocations. The pontiff told this to Ofir Jacob on Monday a... [Link]

Why a small word change is a big deal for Reform women rabbis

Andrew Silow-Carroll NEW YORK (JTA) — Since 1972, when the Reform movement ordained its first female rabbi, more than 700 others have joined her ranks in that denomination alone. But a surprise awaited them, though... [Link]

Liberal Jews plan a summer of opposing Donald Trump

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Boycott Trump? Mock Trump? Trump, the musical? Jewish liberals are ready to sow a summer of Donald Trump discontent in ways that aim both to bludgeon and entertain. Bend the A... [Link]

Brazilian Jewish politician Gerson Bergher dies at 91

Cnaan Liphshiz RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Gerson Bergher, one of Brazil’s most prominent Jewish activists, has died at 91. A former president of the Brazilian Zionist Organization, Bergher, who has served as... [Link]

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