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Nelson Mandela was complex

Everywhere I look there’s another article about the passing of Nelson Mandela. Most articles laud him, a few villify him. And any criticism of his legacy is being labeled racist.

The fact is that the legacy of Nelson Mandela —or, as he was affectionately known by his clan name “Madiba” or, intimately, by “Tata” (father), by his people who are streaming to his memorial to say goodbye, who are at once mourning his loss and celebrating his life — is a complex one.

Different qualities can coexist within one person, and depending on the arc of a person’s life — if it  is positive, such a person  can indeed be a hero, yet still be seen with his flaws.

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View From Denver

Is there one G-d or three?

Is there one G-d or three?BASED on the headline of this column, the reader might think it is about Christianity. It is not. Rather, in many contexts, Judaism speaks of “the G-d of Abraham, the G-d of Isaac, and the G-d of Jacob.” Are there three gods? Other Jewish texts and contexts describe G-d as “Great, Powerful, and Awesome.” Is G-d threefold? No, and no.
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View from Central Park

Menorah is lit, history is made

When I was growing up, the Intermountain Jewish News office was literally down the block from the State Capitol, so I have been there many times. Now the IJN is still just a mere two blocks away, so I pass by the Capitol all the time and from time to time still go in for various situations or events. But never before have I been to the Capitol for an historic event. Until this week. On the seventh night — the seventh candle — of Chanukah.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2013 03:20 )

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View From Denver

Why he walked away from $1 billion

Why he walked away from $1 billionWHAT do all of the following have in common? Two people marry. It doesn’t work from the start. They give it a good try, counseling and everything, but they are simply a mismatch. They divorce. Feelings are bitter. They use the kids as pawns. A long time employee is discharged. He did a good job, but a budget crunch has made his position unviable. When he is let go, he is paid in full, but his years of service go unmentioned.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2013 03:20 )

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Reflections

A family’s journey against cancer

WHEN my husband, Ray, was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago, it came as a total shock. We were still basking in the glow of our trip to northern Italy; images of the lush Piedmont countryside and Lake Como still fresh in our minds. Ray’s voice had gotten hoarse during our travels but we were too busy exploring Florence to give it much thought. When we returned, he saw the doctor who ordered the X-ray that changed our lives forever. Within less than two weeks, we went from from drinkin...
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Northeastern U. reinstates Students for Justice in Palestine chapter

Marcy Oster Northeastern University has provisionally reinstated the Students for Justice in Palestine chapter on campus. ... [Link]

Israel formally suspends talks with Palestinians

Ron Kampeas Israel formally suspended peace talks with the Palestinian Authority over the P.A.’s national unity accord signed with the Hamas authority in the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

For Daniel Rosenthal, magic-induced laughter is the best cure

Julie Wiener Daniel Rosenthal’s nonprofit matches professional magicians with volunteer opportunities. ... [Link]

New Holocaust curriculum in Israel to begin in kingergarten

Marcy Oster Israel will teach the Holocaust in the country’s schools beginning in kindergarten under a planned curriculum released by the Education Ministry. ... [Link]

Jews for Jesus video shows Jesus being sent to Nazi gas chambers

Marcy Oster A Jews for Jesus video showing Jesus in the selection line at a Nazi concentration camp has spurred criticism “as a cynical abuse of the Holocaust.” ... [Link]

Report: Starbucks to buy 10% stake in SodaStream

Marcy Oster Starbucks is in advanced talks to buy 10 percent of the Israeli home soda machine company SodaStream. ... [Link]

Separatists confirm hostage-taking of American-Israeli journalist Simon Ostrovsky

Marcy Oster Pro-Russian separatists from Ukraine confirmed that they are holding American-Israeli journalist Simon Ostrovsky hostage. ... [Link]

Tunisian lawmakers summon tourism minister over Israeli passports

Marcy Oster The Tunisian parliament summoned its tourism minister to explain why she is allowing Israelis to enter the country with their passports for a religious festival. ... [Link]

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