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Words of wisdom never grow old

I grew up in a house where words were the currency by which my brother and I gained recognition. Unlike most of our peers, where parental approval was dished out for things like making the varsity team or getting straight A’s, my dad’s highest form of praise came as a result of the words we used and how we used them.

It’s no surprise, I suppose, that my brother got his doctorate in English linguistics and I make my living as a wordsmith by writing and teaching. I absolutely loved the form and sound of words as they rolled around in my mouth.

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Faces

When I was a child I found it common that pictures of deceased parents hung on the walls of homes I visited. It seemed natural to remember these distant figures that way. When my own Dad died in 1972, I couldn’t look at his picture. It was too painful. I did not hang a picture of him on the wall. Even now, 42 years later, all I can bear is a glance.
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Who was Esther?

Who was Esther?THE SCROLL OF ESTHER opens with the strangest of scenes. Reading chapter one alone, you would never know this is a Jewish book or that it has anything to do with Judaism or Jewish history. True, there is the striking absence of    G-d’s name mentioned throughout the scroll, or megillah, but upon studying the text there are opportunities to sense and feel G-d’s guiding presence. But chapter one? It reads more like a modern-day Mardi Gras party, or upon careful study, a party with more licen...
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Liberal Lens

Border security not a cure-all

WITH THE opening of the new Congress, Republican lawmakers have been promising a renewed focus on border security as a supposed cure-all for America’s broken immigration system. Left unaddressed, though, is a simple question: How does border security address the status of millions of undocumented immigrants currently in the US? The answer is that it probably won’t, according to a person who knows a thing or two about immigration: Felipe Calderon.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:29 )

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Yes, a refuge

Netanyahu is sending a message to world Jewry, specifically European Jewry, that Israel is ITS home. And he is being criticized for it with anger, as if saying Israel is there for you as a homeland is a bad thing. “We say to you our brothers and sisters, Israel is your home. . . Israel is the home of every Jew, waiting for you with open arms.” The response by French and Danish leaders? Rejection and criticism, as if Netanyahu were expressing a controversial thought, sparking conflict....
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Israel to allow tougher interrogation of Jewish terrorism suspects

Julie Wiener The country’s interior security minister said the security Cabinet had deemed “any method” of interrogation “kosher,” ... [Link]

Shin Bet sees Jewish terrorist network as likely culprit in Duma attack

Julie Wiener The network, which has been operating since 2013, seeks to bring down the Israeli government and replace it with a Jewish theocracy, the security agency said. ... [Link]

For first time in 100 years, outsider tapped to lead Looksteins’ N.Y. shul

Uriel Heilman With Rabbi Haskel Lookstein set to retire, Kehilath Jeshurun is turning to a longtime Montreal spiritual leader to lead the storied modern Orthodox synagogue. ... [Link]

Palestinians file report with ICC over firebombing that killed baby

Marcy Oster A report on the attack and a rise in violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinians also has been filed with the United Nations Human Rights Council. ... [Link]

Study: N.Y., Boston and Miami are America’s 3 most Jewish cities

Uriel Heilman The most Jewish states? New York and New Jersey, at 6 percent of all residents. ... [Link]

Investigating West Bank firebombing, Shin Bet arrests Kahane grandson

Julie Wiener Meir Ettinger, 24, tops the Shin Bet’s list of most wanted Jewish criminals and is believed to head a Jewish terrorist group. ... [Link]

Rabbis, imams pray together for Palestinian 4-year-old’s recovery

Marcy Oster The initiative began with a conversation on the need for strong condemnation from both sides of terror incidents and a need for enhanced interreligious dialogue beyond times of crisis. ... [Link]

‘Skin Wars’ contestant Avi Ram brings Israeli army training to body painting

Molly Tolsky The 29-year-old told JTA that painting naked bodies on U.S. reality TV is no sweat after being a soldier and struggling artist in Israel. ... [Link]

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