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Bloody tallit

Just when I thought it not possible for my heart to be shattered any more, I heard it.

I caught my breath when suddenly and unexpectedly a photo flashed on my computer screen, my eyes falling on the grisly scene: the blood soaked siddur, so thickly layered it was almost like a glaze; a meat cleaver at the side of a body, lying lifelessly; a blood-drenched tallit- and tefilin-wrapped, severed arm on the floor; pools and splatters of blood staining the floor all around. A life, moments ago a beating heart, immersed in communion with the Creator, now gone, butchered, spilling out onto the cold concrete of a house of prayer.

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View From Denver

In the heart of Jerusalem

THE mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, in condemning last Tuesday’s terror attack on worshippers in a synagogue, observed that the synagogue was “in the heart of Jerusalem.” It wasn’t always so. That synagogue was in Har Nof. This neighborhood wasn’t always “the heart of Jerusalem.” In fact, when Har Nof was founded, it wasn’t clear whether it was in Jerusalem at all. The elastic status of that neighborhood is a microcosm of the entire Jewish-Arab conflict over the past 133 yea...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:37 )

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Conservative Lens

When Republicans win, it’s ‘dysfunctional’

Since the Bolsheviks inaugurated the first edition of their party newspaper Pravda (the Russian word for truth), the left has shaped truth to serve its goals. On an individual level, there are plenty of progressives who are honest and plenty of conservatives who aren’t. But truth is just not a left-wing value. Rather, feminism, environmentalism, material equality, and fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia are more important. The myriad falsehood-based hysterias unleashed by the...
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View from Central Park

Welcome, North Korea

What is happening in the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset? A bill undermining the bedrock of any Democratic society, the sacrosanct freedom of speech, was put forth by Eitan Cabel of the Labor Party, to limit the distribution of free newspapers. And it passed. True, formally the bill still has two more readings, plus a host of other hurdles, to become law. I don’t think it will survive. But still. The principle of it! Yisrael [Israel] Hayom is a daily newspaper that is distributed free (thi...
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Liberal Lens

Should the GOP look forward to 2016?

THE DRAMATIC, across-the-board victory engineered by Republicans in the Nov. 4 elections would seem to bode well for the party’s chance to capture the White House in 2016. The GOP took full control of Congress, flipped at least four governor’s offices from blue to red, and prompted much talk of a resurgent Republican movement. Not so fast. A more careful look at the returns significantly complicates the narrative that an American electorate, which recently tilted Democratic, has since shift...
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JTA News

Synagogue launches religious court case to evict Rabbi Barry Freundel

Ron Kampeas Kesher Israel has gone to the Beit Din of America to oust its former rabbi, who is facing charges of voyeurism, from his synagogue-owned residence. ... [Link]

For Haifa woman, a needle-in-a-haystack search

mbrodsky Miriam Grab has almost nothing to go on in her search for relatives from her father’s Czech family wiped out in the Holocaust – not even names. ... [Link]

Portugal adopts return law for Jewish descendants

mbrodsky The legislation, to be made public next month, offers citizenship to some descendants of Sephardic Jews. ... [Link]

Senators waiting on Palestinian aid pending review of ICC moves

Ron Kampeas Seventy-five senators pledged not to support assistance until the Obama administration reviews the admittance of Palestine to the International Criminal Court. ... [Link]

Decades after he fled, Austria celebrates Nobel laureate Martin Karplus’ amateur photography

Ben Harris The Vienna-born octogenarian chemist took the photographs on his travels in the 1950s but only began exhibiting them publicly a decade ago. ... [Link]

Greet Muslim visitors with Israeli flag, Texas lawmaker tells staff

Ron Kampeas Ask Muslims to renounce terrorism and swear allegiance to the United States, too, the state rep. instructed. ... [Link]

Iran sanctions bill advances

Ron Kampeas A key Senate committee moved the measure to the full Senate, but it won’t be considered by the body until March 24 at the earliest. ... [Link]

Alberto Nisman laid to rest where AMIA victims are buried

Ben Sales The prosecutor in the AMIA Jewish center bombing was buried in the “Martyrs Section” of the main Jewish cemetery in Buenos Aires. ... [Link]

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