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How many wake-up calls do we need?

The phone rings. I pick up. “How are you?”

I don’t know what to answer. Automatically I say, “Fine, thanks  . . . ” I stop in the middle. I’m fine, but I’m not fine.

How can I be fine when criminals stab innocent Israelis to death and radical Islamists murder innocent Frenchmen?

How can I be fine when the world is anything but fine?

When evil flourishes?

When growing numbers of people have no respect for human life, including their own?

Who is “fine” anymore?

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View from Central Park

Selective compassion

It seems the entire world is reeling from the heinous terror attacks in Paris. Paris. The City of Light. Of beautiful romance. Culture. And culinary delights.
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View From Denver

Painting

“WHEN YOU’RE done, feel free to come to my house.” If I’ve heard that once, I’ve heard it 100 times. It’s the comment most often tossed at me when I’m housepainting. Housepainting? Yes, I like to paint the walls in the house. Sometimes the fence or the window grates, too. I don’t know why, but I like to paint. It’s been this way for decades. When I told one of my kids the other day that I’ve been painting a bit in the office, she said, “Sure, I remember you painting the...
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Conservative Lens

Failing to learn lessons from Paris

The left’s reactions to the terror attack on Paris are in keeping with its tradition of getting almost everything wrong. Take Bernie Sanders, for example. At the Democratic presidential debate, one day after the Paris attack, the democratic socialist candidate made this observation about al-Qaida: “I would argue that the disastrous invasion of Iraq, something that I strongly opposed, has unraveled the region completely, and led to the rise of al-Qaida and to ISIS.”
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View From Denver

You don’t have to cook to love Jewish cookbooks

You don’t have to cook to love Jewish cookbooks My cooking repertoire is extremely limited: cholent, charoset and scrambled eggs (I can also do cereal and milk). But I love Jewish cookbooks. I love being the librarian of the East Denver Orthodox Synagogue. We have bulging shelves on Jewish medical ethics, Jewish holidays, Bible commentaries, Talmud, Jewish law, biographies, midrash, history, a children’s section — so why not Jewish cookbooks?
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Rock legend Phil Lesh gathers musician friends for a Grateful Dead Passover

Andrew Silow-Carroll SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (JTA) – “Why can’t we eat veggie burritos tonight? Will I be miracled? Will they play ‘The Wheel?’ Will Phil sing?” These four additional questions were asked at a Passo... [Link]

Hundreds attend 1st Jewish film festival in Casablanca

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Nearly 500 people attended the first Jewish film festival of Casablanca, which was organized in the Moroccan city by a Sephardic Jewish woman from Atlanta. The three-day event, which end... [Link]

Can you help a kibbutznik find his American relatives?

mbrodsky SEEKING KIN The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA) – “If only” – it’s the most common regret expressed by “Seeking Kin” interviewees, an... [Link]

Amid complicity debate, Polish clergy to attend 70th anniversary of post-Holocaust pogrom

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Polish clergy and researchers will hold a seminar in Kielce about a historically significant pogrom in which locals killed Holocaust survivors in that city 70 years ago. Occurring amid... [Link]

Netanyahu calls for ‘direct, bilateral negotiations’ with Palestinians

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to start “direct, bilateral negotiations” with the Palestinians. The invitation, which Netanyahu has repeated... [Link]

Palestinians riot as Jewish worshippers visit Joseph’s Tomb

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians in Nablus attacked Israeli soldiers escorting a convoy of Jewish worshippers who entered the West Bank city to visit Joseph’s Tomb. The 26 busloads of worshi... [Link]

Sides swap character attacks in trial over Bay Area’s Koret Foundation

Andrew Silow-Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (J., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California via JTA) — A civil trial focused on control of the $500 million Koret Foundation is pitting its founder’s widow, Susan Koret, a... [Link]

As Jews flee Belgium, a seder marks a family exodus

Cnaan Liphshiz BRUSSELS (JTA) — I was feeling nervous about coming to Brussels for seder with my family. Making the 130-mile trip there from my home in Amsterdam meant taking my 5-month-old son on a train that... [Link]

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