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The missing grave — forward to the past

A GRAVE, one might think, is the last thing that could go missing.

If only it were so.

Besides the millions of Jews incinerated during the Holocaust who never had graves, cemeteries were a favorite object of disrespect by both the Nazis and the communists.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, one aspect of the open commerce between the West and the former Soviet Union was the attempt to locate and restore old Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe and beyond.

Readers of the IJN may recall any number of stories about shopping centers and housing complexes planned for cemeteries.

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View from Central Park

Latkes

With Chanukah just a couple of weeks away, I already hear people talking Chanukah shop, in other words, latkes. Without a doubt, they are the star of Chanukah dinner parties. You could slave for hours and prepare the most gourmet brisket, and it will still be ancillary to the humble spud, the latke that steals the show. Mounds of hot fried, crispy, lacy latkes are already on my and so many others’ minds. Indeed, they are goooood. To be sure, latke talk inspires strong opinions regarding wha...
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Conservative Lens

You can kill, but not murder

Ask almost anyone to recite the commandment in the Ten Commandments that prohibits taking a life and you will be told, “Thou Shall Not Kill.” That is the King James translation of the sixth commandment. It is a magnificent translation, but one that has led to much moral confusion. You would think that of all the Ten Commandments the one that needs the least explaining is the sixth, because it seems so clear. In fact, it is probably the least well understood of the Ten Commandments. The re...
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View from Central Park

Israel and Ferguson

I’m not one to make everything be about Israel. As CNN was covering the rioting in Ferguson, one of the newscasters, Sarah Sidner, had a rock thrown at her. She continued reporting until a few moments later Jake Tapper of CNN fame interrupted, asking her to stop reporting and reach safety, saying: “Obviously some really bad people near you...nefarious person throwing rocks at you...” I thought to myself, hmm, interesting, when rocks are thrown in Ferguson, the rock throwers are “really...
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View From Denver

Assisted suicide is not a slippery slope

REPORTEDLY, TWO Colorado legislators are drafting a physician-assisted suicide bill for debate and, they hope, passage in the upcoming session of the Colorado legislature. Physician-assisted suicide is not a slippery slope. It’s the bottom of the slope. Once the absolute, “thou shalt not murder,” is compromised, the fundamental line has already been crossed. The implications, the so-called slippery slope, are not for the future. They are here. In fact, they are here with or without a ...
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JTA News

Dave Goldberg, Survey Monkey CEO and husband of Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, dies at 47

Marcy Oster Goldberg, whose cloud-based company helped organizations conduct surveys, died suddenly. ... [Link]

Protesting Ethiopian-Israelis, supporters block Tel Aviv roads

Marcy Oster At least 1,000 demonstrators protesting police brutality against Ethiopian-Israelis came out, with thousands more scheduled for later in the day. ... [Link]

Jimmy Carter calls for Palestinian elections following visit to Ramallah

Marcy Oster Carter completed a three-day visit to Israel and the West Bank without meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. ... [Link]

Body of missing Israeli hiker found in Nepal

Marcy Oster The body of Or Asraf, 22, must be extracted from a rocky mountainside in the remote Langtang area. ... [Link]

Protesters in Tel Aviv call for Israel to legalize marijuana

Ben Sales The march coincided with parallel events in cities around the world calling for marijuana legalization. ... [Link]

Gang attacks 2 Jewish men in Paris

Marcy Oster The victims, in their early 20s, were slightly injured in the attack allegedly by a pro-Palestinian gang of about 40 people. ... [Link]

Kerry on Israeli TV: Criticism of Iran deal laced with ‘hysteria’

Marcy Oster Apparently reaching out directly to the Israeli public to talk about the proposed agreement, the secretary of state said the deal would be “forever.” ... [Link]

Conditions ripe for genocide in Burma, U.S. Holocaust Museum report says

Marcy Oster Staff from the museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide investigated threats facing the Rohingya people and found that many of the preconditions for genocide currently are taking ... [Link]

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