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A knock-out postcard

I am as horrified as the rest of you by this sick Knockout “game.”? The idea of violence being a fun thing is simply anathema and offensive to our humanity. The thought of teens randomly knocking out unsuspecting passers-by on the street is, aside from obviously being dangerous, just so disturbing.

And the added feature of this calculated act of violence being videoed by one of their peers to be posted online as a mark of pride leaves many of us speechless.

How sad and and warped that another’s pain is what gets a rise out of some teens in the USA.

To be sure, this is a dire sign of and commentary on the emptiness and twistedness of some of America’s youth, which is worrisome.

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View From Denver

Are there limits to human solidarity?

Are there limits to human solidarity?A SCENARIO in a genocide: I am part of a targeted group. The enemy demands that the group turn over a specific member of the group to be put to death. Otherwise, the enemy says it will murder the entire group. May the one person be turned over, to be murdered, in order to save the group? Or must the group refuse and sacrifice many lives? This terrible dilemma occurred during the Holocaust. Something similar occurs in this week’s Torah portion. Also this: In a natural disaster — a famine, ...
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Reflections

A time to bring light into the world

Chanukah is a holiday with many names. Some call it the Festival of Lights, while others refer to it as the Feast of Rededication or the Holiday of Miracles. To add to the confusion, there is absolutely no consensus as to its proper spelling. If you don’t believe me, just check out the selection of Hallmarks cards wishing your family everything from a happy Hanukka to Chanukah to Chanukah and even Khanukkah! This year, since the second night is also Thanksgiving, we now have Thanksgivingkah!...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:18 )

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Dear Tzviling

Avoiding the wedding ‘plotz’

Dear Tzviling, First, the good news. Mazel Tov! My daughter is engaged to be married. And now, the “bad” news. I’m going meshhuga! [I’m a nervous wreck!] The chasunah [wedding] is taking place next month and I was up a whole night trying to make seating arrangements. Oy, what a mess. I’m ready to plotz! [I feel like I’m going to explode.] Help! Chanchie (Boro Park)
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View from Central Park

We are the candles

CHANUKAH has an enduring popularity, symbolized by the candle flames. On Shabbat, when the kindling of fire is a desecration of the day, the symbol epitomizing the observance  of the day has become the kindling of the fiery Shabbat candles in advance. Although these candlelightings are two different mitzvot, the Talmud connects them and, in fact, discusses the creation of the holiday of Chanukah in, of all tractates, tractate Shabbat.
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