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What’s the preoccupation with the Redskins?

GIVEN how much evil there is in the world; given how many signs of moral, intellectual and economic decline there are here in America; and given the increasing irrelevance of America to world events, it is fair to ask why the American left is preoccupied with the name Washington “Redskins.”

The Washington Redskins have been in existence for 82 years. For about 80 of those years, virtually no one, including the vast majority of American Indians, was troubled by the name.

Yet, it is now of such importance to the American left that the majority leader of the US Senate has repeatedly demanded, from the floor of the US Senate, that the team drop its name; 50 US senators, all of them Democrats, have signed an open letter demanding the same; Sports Illustrated’s Peter King no longer uses the name; other leading sportswriters have adopted the same practice; and the president of the US has weighed in on the issue.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 July 2014 02:07 )

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View from Central Park

Celebrating a kidnapping [VIDEO]

It’s Day 13 since the vicious violation of children’s rights, since the kidnapping by Hamas of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali. As IDF’s “Operation Brother’s Keeper” was unfolding the first week in Hebron, I felt this intense sense of the boys being protected. Hebron, after all, is our “Ir Avot,” the city of our Patriarchs and Matriarchs. I felt like they were with Eyal, Gilad and Naftali — that hopefully they would be OK. Truly we were like a family, in an instant a diverse and all ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:27 )

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View From Denver

Is there order in the Torah?

Is there order in the Torah?ORDER in the court! Order in this sense means silence, or good behavior. Order in the Torah means sequence. Did the events recorded in the Torah actually happen in the sequence in which they are recorded? The question seems almost non-sensical. Who writes things out of order? Actually, both fiction and non-fiction are filled with events out of order: with flashbacks, with contemporary references in histories, with oscillations between one generation and another, or within early and later stage...

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2014 04:35 )

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View from Central Park

The three kidnapped teens

What really is there to say at such a painful time? My heart is broken along with all of yours. I feel consumed with worry. I am holding my breath along with the anguish of the entire Jewish people. All the Israeli friends I have spoken with are consumed. From “What more can Am Yisrael suffer?” to “Don’t worry, G-d is big.” We are strong.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:50 )

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Reflections

What death can teach

By her own account, my mother is not a religious woman. She does not read the Bible, know Hebrew or put much stock in Jewish observance. She has been known to comment on my own degree of commitment to Judaism in anxious, hushed tones, the kind she uses when someone in our family is seriously ill. My brother once told me she told him about the “weird tent with hanging fruit” in our backyard (our sukkah) and the cleaning frenzy I engage in before Passover as evidence that I’ve gone off the ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:48 )

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Wellesley College drops Hillel director, Jewish chaplain posts

Marcy Oster The decision comes as tensions have mounted on campus between the Jewish and pro-Palestinian communities. ... [Link]

Jordan’s parliament holds moment of silence for synagogue killers

Marcy Oster The gesture was held a day after the Jerusalem attack, which killed five, though the Jordanian government condemned the slayings. ... [Link]

Italian aliyah expected to double in ’14

Marcy Oster Several Italian Jewish leaders said economic distress figured strongly for the move, with Jews feeling that “they can lead a better life in Israel.” ... [Link]

From the Archive: Synagogues under fire

Raffi Wineburg Last week’s deadly attack in Jerusalem was not the first time terrorists targeted a synagogue. ... [Link]

Controversial Jewish nation-state bill passes Israeli Cabinet vote

Marcy Oster The Cabinet’s closed-door discussion on the bill, which moves to the full Knesset, reportedly degenerated into a shouting match. ... [Link]

N.J. rabbi: Arabs in Israel ‘must be vanquished’

Ben Sales In an incendiary and now-deleted blog post, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky of Teaneck, N.J., called for Israel to collectively punish Palestinians until they realize “they have no future in the land of ... [Link]

Jonathan Pollard’s first parole application rejected

Ron Kampeas The parole commission in its rejection called the Navy analyst’s spying for Israel “the greatest compromise of U.S. security to that date.” ... [Link]

National Archives makes postwar Shanghai visa records available

Ron Kampeas The records provide a potential trove of information about Holocaust refugees in the Chinese city. ... [Link]

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