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Jewish spirituality, set down by the Prophet Isaiah, comes in fours: delight, honor, freedom from planning daily tasks and freedom from speaking about them.

Together, these four gifts comprise the serenity of Shabbos. Together, they call attention to four other human strivings, outside of Jewish spirituality. In an electronically engaged world, even its most successful participants seek a respite from its pressures and quandaries.

We want in.

And we want out.

We want into the productivity and the human and financial rewards of involvement in the world.

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View from Central Park

Commemoration

They stood side by side, the liberated and the liberators. The formal, brass-decked young uniformed military men and women from Colorado’s National Guard — from the same 157th infantry that, 70 years ago, were among the liberators of the Dachau concentration camp — and the elderly, tattered yet strong and proud Holocaust survivors. One held an accordion in his hands as part of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale. It was the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II, an emotional Holocaust commemoration...
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View from Central Park

A taste of Israel at 67

Sixty-seven years old — next Thursday is our little modern day Israel’s birthday, our ancient homeland for millennia. When you consider the ashes that modern day Israel was built upon, and all that she has faced, birthed and developed, it’s pretty breathtaking. Birthdays are a time of stock taking and reflection, of pausing and examining the past year, both its mistakes and achievements. But it is also a celebratory time, a time to revel in the opportunity and blessing of reaching anothe...
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View From Denver

The end of the human race

THE END of the human race as we know it might be upon us. I refer not to some very distant, natural evolution of the human species — perhaps possible, perhaps not; in any event, unknowable to us. Rather, I refer to three prospective human interventions in the nature of humanity that, if let to proceed unfettered, will have farreaching consequences, namely, an end of the human race as we know it. These three interventions are a radical tethering of humans to computers, a radical change in gene...
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Liberal Lens

Deep Democratic party divide

For those pining for a Democratic Party that tries to represent more than the whims of the rich and powerful, these are confusing times. On the presidential campaign trail, Hillary Clinton has been promoting standard pro-middle class rhetoric, yet also has been raking in speaking fees from financial firms. One of her potential primary challengers, former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, has been sounding anti-Wall Street themes, but only after finishing up two terms in office that saw his state...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 April 2015 10:08 )

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Should the US support the nuclear deal negotiated between the P5+1 and Iran?
 

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Amid a failing effort, AIPAC still rallies the troops against Iran deal

Ron Kampeas AIPAC wants you to call your lawmaker, even if it’s too late to stop the Iran deal. ... [Link]

Auschwitz removes controversial mist sprinklers, officials cite drop in temperature

Marcy Oster Some complained that the sprinklers were reminiscent of the showers seen in gas chambers at the death camp. ... [Link]

With 34th senator, Obama gets enough votes to sustain Iran deal

Ron Kampeas Barbara Mikulski, a Maryland Democrat, has endorsed the nuclear agreement, effectively ensuring that it will become law. ... [Link]

Argentine Jewish leader: What happened to Alberto Nisman?

Marcy Oster DAIA President Julio Schlosser called for conclusions in the AMIA prosecutor’s death at an event in Buenos Aires marking the 80th year of the organization. ... [Link]

Israel: P.A. trying to score points at U.N. with flag-raising proposal

Marcy Oster The Palestinian Authority is “attempting to swiftly change longstanding U.N. tradition,” Israel’s U.N. ambassador wrote in a letter to the secretary-general. ... [Link]

Gravestone of Netanyahu’s grandfather vandalized in Mount of Olives attack

Marcy Oster At least 10 gravestones were smashed and burnt at the eastern Jerusalem cemetery. ... [Link]

Biden to speak at Florida JCC, Atlanta synagogue on same day

Ron Kampeas The vice president will speak in Davie on Thursday morning and at the synagogue that evening. ... [Link]

Norway bank apologizes for credit card with anti-Semitic image

Marcy Oster The image shows a hook-nosed, bearded Jew wearing a kippah and a tallit laughing against a background of gold coins. ... [Link]

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