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Whose new year?

January 1, 2016 — who’s new year is it?

I am reminded of the following story.

Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky was somewhat of a legendary figure for having exited a communist prison camp in 1931.

Rabbi Abramsky was a great Talmudic scholar whose multivolume work on the Tosefta, a Talmudic work, is a classic. Therefore, certain Jewish circles around the world followed his communist imprisonment closely, somewhat akin to the widespread attention paid to Anatoly (later Natan) Sharansky’s imprisonment by the USSR in Siberia, 1978-1986.

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All the more unobtrusively

Mysteriously, Yehoshua Monoker did not wake up one Shabbos morning. He was breathing, but unresponsive. He was rushed to the hospital. He remained in a coma for the next 13 months, when he died. His son was planning to get engaged that Saturday evening. He did get engaged, and then married. Throughout, his father’s condition never changed.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 December 2015 08:51 )

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Fleeting crown

WHENEVER AN obviously complex issues arises, we often turn to Jewish sources to understand what the Jewish perspective might be. Life decisions based on the definition of brain death, for example, are important to view though a Jewish prism. Lately, though, current events trigger the same curiosity. For example, a couple of months back, Edinson Volquez, a pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, was pitching in the World Series. Sadly, his dad had died right before one of his big games. Volquez’s...
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Distance? By whom?

A few weeks ago, the school I am currently teaching at, Solomon Schechter School of Manhattan, had the honor and pleasure of receiving a brief visit from the Israeli government minister Naftali Bennet. What the school calls shira b’tsibbur, public singing, is a monthly Rosh Chodesh activity. The entire school gathers in the auditorium and, sitting on the floor together, they sing. They sing the songs of the Jewish people, songs of Israel, songs of our heritage.
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Mayor of Ariel: We have peace on the ground

THE OTHER day, the mayor of the huge West Bank Israeli settlement of Ariel dropped by. Eli Shaviro does not believe that Ariel is a hindrance to peace; he believes the opposite. Settlements on the West Bank are bitterly denounced by the US Sec. of State as major impediments to peace with the Palestinians. What does Ariel’s mayor say to this? It all depends on how you define peace, Shaviro says. If it’s a formal agreement, negotiated and drawn up and duly signed, such a peace will be, at be...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 December 2015 14:50 )

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Historic Jewish wedding in Turkey triggers hate speech online

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A historic wedding in Turkey triggered a deluge of anti-Semitic speech online, a leader of the country’s Jewish community said. Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, president of the Jewish Community... [Link]

Ohio Israeli eatery to close following February machete attack

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — An Israeli restaurant owner from Ohio whose eatery was targeted by a knife-wielding assailant said the incident has caused him losses requiring him to declare bankruptcy. Hany Baransi, t... [Link]

Holocaust monuments vandalized in Poland, Italy

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Newly-erected Holocaust monuments in Poland and Italy were vandalized by individuals who wrote on them far-right and far-left slogans, respectively. The Polish monument, which was unveil... [Link]

Sanders: Israel has a right to US protection

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Israel has a right to be protected by the United States, Bernie Sanders, a candidate in the primaries of the Democratic Party, said. Sanders, who has spoken out in favor of Palestinian i... [Link]

Israeli Cabinet OKs appointment of Avigdor Liberman as defense minister

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The Israeli Cabinet unanimously approved the appointment of Avigdor Liberman as defense minister on Monday, formalizing a coalition deal between his Yisrael Beiteinu party and Prime Mini... [Link]

NJ man who fire-bombed rabbi’s home convicted of terrorism

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A 24-year-old New Jersey man was found guilty of terrorism for vandalizing Jewish temples and firebombing a rabbi’s residence four years ago. A jury cleared Anthony Graziano of Lodi, ... [Link]

Trump: Debating trailing Sanders would be ‘inappropriate’

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Donald Trump said he would not debate Bernie Sanders because it would be “inappropriate” in light of Sanders’ trailing of Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary fight. T... [Link]

Argentine ex-minister’s Iran tape admitted as evidence of alleged treason

Cnaan Liphshiz BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Argentine judges reviewing treason charges against a former minister admitted as evidence a recording of him speaking about Iranian involvement in a terrorist attack in Buen... [Link]

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