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After the cease-fire...the wounded

IT could have been a college dorm. After all, all the young guys and girls were around age 19-22. The doors and hallways were decked mostly, but not only, in yellow flags with symbols. Some swaths of fabric hanging on the doors or in the rooms were green, with a different symbol. Clearly certain “teams” were proudly being cheered for.

The only thing is, this wasn’t a college dorm, and the teams were military units. It was a floor at Tel Hashomer hospital with some of the wounded from Israel’s recent war against Hamas, Tsuk Eitan, “Protective Edge.”

Organized by Rabbi Daniel (Mush) Meyer of the International Young Israel, I was visiting wounded IDF heroes with Rabbis Emanuel Feldman, Reuven Tradbruks, Steven Pruzansky and, together with his wife Adina, David Mescheloff.

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Conservative Lens

On losing a parent

My father, Max Prager, died last week. Here are some thoughts on the death of a parent. 1. Longevity Parents who live long are very lucky. Not only for their longevity, and not only because they get to see their children grow into adulthood, and not only because they may see grandchildren, but for all those extra years to reconcile with their children. Had my father died when I was a teenager, we would not have had the decades since then to get closer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:22 )

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View From Denver

Humanism and the fear of G-d

Humanism and the fear of G-dSAY the word G-d and one tends to think of the beyond. To the Rabbi Israel Salanter and his Musar disciples, say the word G-d and one should think of people. Of humanity. Musar teaches that religion — coming close to G-d — is also about coming close to people. This reorientation, in a nutshell, was the innovation of the Musar movement that Rabbi Israel began. G-d-consciousness does not exclude humanism, and humanism need not exclude G-d. And so, if we ask, is G-d inside us or outside u...
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View From Denver

The Jewish claim to the land of Israel

The Jewish claim to the land of IsraelThere is blatant anti-Semitism out there. Check this: “At this point, if Netanyahu appeared on TV with a necklace made from the teeth of Palestinian children, would anybody be surprised? #Gaza.” That’s a tweet from a professor whose job at the University of Illinois was (thankfully) rescinded. Try this: “Our brothers and sisters in Palestine are slaughtered by the Jewish pigs.”
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Liberal Lens

Juking the job stats

A DECADE ago, as the US hemorrhaged manufacturing jobs, the federal government considered reclassifying fast food as a manufacturing industry. Sounds ludicrous? Today, with the manufacturing sector still ailing, the federal government wants to take something called “factoryless goods” and categorize the firms that make them as manufacturers. As part of the plan, the government could also classify some foreign-manufactured goods as US exports. The change would help politicians make the case ...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

At White House Hanukkah party, Obama emphasizes freedom and food

Ron Kampeas President Obama’s Hanukkah message was a riff on the old “They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat” theme, hitting notes of freedom for Alan Gross, and Jewish food. ... [Link]

With ‘team’ portrait, Jewish ballplayers go to bat for charities

mbrodsky Koufax, Rosen and Braun are on the roster of major leaguers who have signed a painting that’s paying off for philanthropies. Greenberg’s there, too, without the autograph. ... [Link]

Rabbi Harold Schulweis — spiritual leader, author and activist — dies at 89

Julie Wiener Schulweis led Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, Calif. — one of the largest congregations in the United States — for nearly 45 years, authored nine books and helped found several Jewish organizations.... [Link]

North American immigration to Israel rose 7 percent in 2014

Marcy Oster Some 3,762 olim arrived in Israel this year from the United States and Canada. ... [Link]

Research team using imaging to study Holocaust killing sites in Ukraine

Cnaan Liphshiz With funding from Germany, experts are trying to demarcate Holocaust-era mass graves without violating religious laws. ... [Link]

Harvard president calls for probe into halting of SodaStream purchases

Marcy Oster Protests by Palestinian students and their supporters led to the move by the university’s dining service over the water machines made in a West Bank factory. ... [Link]

Palestine resolution submitted to U.N. Security Council

Marcy Oster The resolution calls for an Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem by the end of 2017 and for a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians within one year. ... [Link]

Record-breaking French aliyah dwarfs immigration from North America

Cnaan Liphshiz In the first 11 months of 2014, Israel saw the arrival of 6,655 people from France, which tops the chart as source for Jewish immigrants to Israel, ... [Link]

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