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The Boss of the Plains

The Boss of the Plains

Yee-haw! It’s here. The National Western Stock Show. And last Thursday at noon, under a perfect blue Denver sky, with the charming and vintage silhouette of a pale gray Union Station and its orange lettering, its clock, and Mount Evans looming far behind it, towering over the crowd, the annual Stock Show parade hit Seventeenth Street.

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Reflections

The power of love

I watched him care for his wife until she passed away. He was very quiet, not prone to conversation, but always had a shy smile and comfortable way about him. I didn’t see him much after she died, except when he would head out of his driveway on his 10-speed bike for one of his long Sunday morning rides. Several years passed and I watched as my neighbor painted his porch, washed his truck and cut the oleander in his yard. It was a solitary life compared to mine, which was filled with the dema...
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View From Denver

France is over

Roosters or ostriches, however you dice it, France’s prime minister is out to lunch. Before last week’s mass murders in France, one at a kosher supermarket, I wrote of France in last week’s column, “The exile comes home to roost.” I observed (again, before last week’s slaughter): “Stories on attacks on Jews in France are so numerous that they blur. A synagogue is shot at. A synagogue is surrounded by a mob. A person with a yarmulke is attacked. A Paris suburb puts up a plaque hon...
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View From Denver

Is the exile coming home to roost?

NB: This column was written prior to the attack on Charlie Hebdo and the hostage-taking at a kosher supermarket in Paris on January 9. ONLY A two-year hiatus from reading the news could leave one ignorant of the truth about being Jewish in France today. Stories on attacks on Jews in France are so numerous that they blur. A synagogue is shot at. A synagogue is surrounded by a mob. A person with a yarmulke is attacked. A Paris suburb puts up a plaque honoring a convicted Palestinian terrorist. S...

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 January 2015 11:02 )

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View from Central Park

The pen is mightier than the sword

As a human being, as a Jew, and as a writer, I stand in solidarity with the heartbreaking tragedy at Charlie Hebdo. Adding to that, like my fellow writers, I bleed ink. It is that fire in the blood of every writer to share the story, to make people think, truth or consequence, that aside from the profound tragedy and loss of life in this week’s painful Paris, it is the writers’ way that has come under attack. I feel personally touched seeing the crowds at Paris’ Republic Square holding p...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

The Holocaust film that is upending the genre – and other Jewish notes from Cannes

Gabe Friedman The film “Son of Saul” by a rookie Hungarian director has become the most widely talked about film from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. But it isn’t the festival’s only signific... [Link]

Swiss court orders Israel to pay Iran $1.1 billion

Uriel Heilman At issue is a shah-era oil debt that harkens back to a 1968 agreement in which Iran shipped oil through Israeli ports and sold crude oil to Israel. ... [Link]

Joe Lieberman: Next U.S. president will bring warmer relations with Israel

Ben Sales The four-term senator in an interview with JTA expressed concern over support for Israel in the Democratic Party, but said 2016 is an opportunity for a shift. ... [Link]

San Diego teen empowers girls to become feminist advocates

Julie Wiener Lily Greenberg Call helped found Girls Give Back, a leadership group for teenage girls. ... [Link]

Obama: Disagreeing with Israel is necessary to defend it

Ron Kampeas Open disagreement with Israel on some of its policies is a necessary component of the U.S. defense of Israel in the international community, President Barack Obama said. ... [Link]

Ancient Jerusalem aqueduct discovered during sewer work

Marcy Oster A section of Jerusalem’s lower aqueduct, which brought water to the city more than 2,000 years ago, was uncovered during sewer work. ... [Link]

Palestinian boy, 10, shot with foam bullet by Israel’s Border Police

Marcy Oster The police were using crowd control measures in an effort to stop rock throwing by young Palestinians in an eastern Jerusalem refugee camp. ... [Link]

Univ. of California alumni call for steps to curb campus anti-Semitism

Marcy Oster More than 500 alumni wrote in an open letter published in the UCLA student newspaper that they are “deeply concerned about the safety of Jewish students” in the university system. ... [Link]

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