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Each generation has its story

What constitutes a generation? Robert Wohl probes this question in his book, The Generation of 1914. Through observing the mostly middle class of five European nations, the French, German, British, Spanish and Italian, Wohl raises awareness about the complexity and consciousness of what makes a generation.

There is a famous debate between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Shimon ben Azzai. Which verse in the Torah is the guiding principle of Judaism? According to Rabbi Akiva it is the golden rule:” Love your friend as yourself” (v’ahavta l’reacha kamocha). Ben Azzai differs, and maintains it is the verse, “These are the generations” (ele toldot ha’adam).

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View From Denver

It’s all a matter of perspective

It’s all a matter of perspectiveThe story goes that in medieval Europe two people were laying bricks, and were asked, “what are you doing?” One said, “I’m laying bricks, can’t you see?” The other said, “I’m building a cathedral.” Back in the 1970s, at the beginning of feminism, a woman’s work in the home was demeaned and a woman’s career in the marketplace was esteemed. Leaving aside that things turned out to be rather more complicated, the work that a woman (or man) performs is appraised from the persp...
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View From Denver

It takes two wings to fly

It takes two wings to flyHOLINESS comes in two’s. I first became aware of this in reference to Shabbos. But I became doubly aware (if that’s not a redundancy) last week as our son and daughter-in-law, Rabbi Mattis and Batya Goldberg, had twin daughters in Israel! Holiness in two’s, indeed. Rachel and Hannah, each around six pounds (about half the size of the other Israeli Goldberg babies), are a double blessing, eliciting a quadruple dose of gratitude (and that’s not a redundancy). The two’s of Shabbos: Two...
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A ‘potluck’ Purim

I have never smoked pot nor experimented with any other drug and am certainly against promoting recreational drugs of all kinds. And I confess this is not your average family friendly idea. But with Purim around the corner, and mishloach manot (Purim baskets) having sort of become an opportunity at creativity, corny humor, or drawing on current events for humorous inspiration, the recent legalization here in Denver of marijuana is a goldmine. A “pot luck” Purim meal (seudah). With pot roast...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:44 )

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Pebbles from heaven

Dear Tzviling, Thank you for your column. I have a question regarding wealth. I grew up in a home of modest means. I was always taught that wealth can be distractive. And yet, in a recent class I learned about the fabulous wealth that went into the building of the Holy Temple. Wouldn’t G-d be more impressed with simplicity? Mindy (via e-mail)
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Al Franken vs. BDS

Daniel Treiman Sen. Al Franken thinks that anti-Israel divestment campaigns are no laughing matter and offers to fight them on college campuses. ... [Link]

Israeli gets jail time in Sweden for terrorism threats

Cnaan Liphshiz An Israeli citizen who threatened to commit terrorism in Sweden after his asylum request was denied there was sentenced to two years in prison. ... [Link]

Israel rejects Kerry’s proposed cease-fire

Ron Kampeas Israel rejected U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s cease-fire proposal. ... [Link]

From the Archive: When Ukrainians accidentally shot down a plane from Israel

Julie Wiener In October 2001, a military training exercise gone horribly awry resulted in the death of 78 people, 66 of them Jews. ... [Link]

Police to probe Arab-Israeli lawmaker Zoabi for alleged incitement

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s attorney general instructed police to launch a criminal investigation into the actions of an Israeli Arab lawmaker who allegedly incited others to violence and insulted two police offic... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hamas’ Arab enemy, psychoanalyzing Shmuley Boteach, Jews kissing Arabs

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

European anti-Semitism is focus as Jewish leaders, Democratic senators meet

Ron Kampeas Anxiety about increasing anti-Semitism in Europe dominated the annual meeting between Jewish leaders and Democratic senators. ... [Link]

Army declares Oron Shaul dead in Gaza fighting

Ron Kampeas The Israeli army declared dead a soldier who until now had been missing in action. ... [Link]

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