Intermountain Jewish News

Banner
Thursday,
Jul 02nd
Home Columns

Columns

Conservative Lens

Why does American TV interview tyrants?

TWELVE YEARS ago, almost to the day, CBS News sent Dan Rather to Baghdad to broadcast an interview with Iraq’s tyrant, Saddam Hussein.

I wrote at that time:

“Other than the lengths to which Dan Rather went to be obsequious to a tyrant, Americans learned nothing from his interview with Saddam Hussein.

“If one is not going to ask a dictator anything approaching the truth about his actions, why bother interviewing him? Isn’t the whole thing morally compromised and journalistically meaningless?

Read more...
 
View From Denver

Drunk on Purim?

“Did you get drunk on Purim?” “I can fake not being drunk better than anybody.” “No, really, did you?” “I cannot confirm or deny.” A little fun has been ruined by a lot of fun. It used to be that one could get drunk on Purim. Jewish law advises that one reach a state in which it is impossible to distinguish between “Cursed is Mordechai” [the hero] and “Blessed is Haman” [the villain]. OK. The dullards will advise, go to sleep. Then you won’t be able to tell the dif...
Read more...
Liberal Lens

Private equity’s private math

To the casual observer, the investment returns recently announced by the California pension system might seem like cause for celebration. The state’s investments in firms that buy private companies generated a 20% return in 2014. California’s $30 billion worth of private equity investments did not come cheap, incurring almost $440 million worth of annual management fees paid to financial firms. But the double-digit gains helped the system generate some of the best overall pension returns in...
Read more...
Reflections

Words of wisdom never grow old

I grew up in a house where words were the currency by which my brother and I gained recognition. Unlike most of our peers, where parental approval was dished out for things like making the varsity team or getting straight A’s, my dad’s highest form of praise came as a result of the words we used and how we used them. It’s no surprise, I suppose, that my brother got his doctorate in English linguistics and I make my living as a wordsmith by writing and teaching. I absolutely loved the form...
Read more...
View From Denver

Faces

When I was a child I found it common that pictures of deceased parents hung on the walls of homes I visited. It seemed natural to remember these distant figures that way. When my own Dad died in 1972, I couldn’t look at his picture. It was too painful. I did not hang a picture of him on the wall. Even now, 42 years later, all I can bear is a glance.
Read more...
Page 5 of 98

IJN e-Edition

This is only a taste! Get full access to the IJN via our e-Edition, only $14.04 for IJN Print subscribers.

E-Edition subscribers get access to a complete digital replica of the IJN, which includes all special sections.

Get the IJN's free newsletter!

Shabbat Times

JTA News

When Nicholas Winton, the British rescuer of Jews, was rebuffed by America

Uriel Heilman The story of Nicholas Winton, who saved more than 600 children on the eve of the Holocaust, also lays bare stark contrasts between the British and American responses to the Nazi onslaught. ... [Link]

What shocked a European Jew on his first trip to America

Cnaan Liphshiz JTA reporter Cnaan Liphshiz had visited Jewish communities in 40 countries around the world. When he landed in New York, he was in shock. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: How should Orthodox leaders respond to the gay marriage ruling?

Uriel Heilman A son imagines how his father, longtime RCA leader Rabbi Steven Dworken, would have reacted to the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling. ... [Link]

Palestinians march on anniversary of Abu Khdeir lynching

Marcy Oster The Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and burned alive by Jews following the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teens last summer. ... [Link]

Polish art museum features naked tag game in gas chamber

Uriel Heilman A Polish art museum has resumed an art installation featuring a video of naked men and women playing tag in a gas chamber. ... [Link]

Iron Dome upgraded, details not forthcoming

Marcy Oster The upgrade will “expand and improve the performance capabilities of the system in the face of an unprecedented range of threats,” the Defense Ministry said. ... [Link]

Pope Francis emphasizes Jewish-Christian commonalities in audience

Marcy Oster Pope Francis emphasized commonalities between Judaism and Christianity in a meeting with members of the International Council of Christians and Jews. ... [Link]

British gov’t official: We oppose BDS

Cnaan Liphshiz Britain’s cabinet minister for the Middle East sought to reassure Israeli politicians of his government’s opposition to boycotts against Israel. ... [Link]

Intermountain Jewish News • 1177 Grant Street • Denver, CO 80203 • 303 861 2234 • FAX 303 832 6942
email@ijn.com • larry@ijn.com • lori@ijn.com