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Meet Congressman Cory Gardner

Meet Congressman Cory Gardner

ONE of those new Republican faces you hear about in Congress is Cory Gardner, elected last November to represent Colorado’s Fourth District, defeating Betsy Markey.

Gardner is a dapper, happy man, relaxed, solidly built, comfortable in office, as if he’s been a Congressman for many terms.

He ducks no question and has specific answers on why he supports Israel and how to reduce the debt.

Gardner is an old Colorado hand. His great-grandfather began a farm equipment dealership back in 1915, now owned by Gardner’s father. Gardner himself has worked there since he was 11 or 12.

Israel

I met Rep. Gardner at the local AIPAC conference last April. He came to show his support for Israel.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 July 2011 11:28 )

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View from Central Park

Tisha b’Av has come early

WORDS fail me. It seems Tisha b’Av has come early this year. Last Monday afternoon, when we heard that a Jewish nine-year-old boy from Brooklyn was missing, we all prayed. Yehuda ben Itta. We all held out in the hope that he would be found. The community joined in the search for Leiby Kletzky, as he was known. The rest of us just prayed. Little Leiby’s sweet, innocent and pious countenance was plastered all over. To all those who were searching, the identifying photograph of Leiby was of h...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:33 )

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Conservative Lens

Ingratitude, thy name is South Korea

SOUTH Korea has joined with only two other countries in the world in dropping the name of the forthcoming film “Captain America” and using the subtitle, “The First Avenger.” The other two countries are Russia and Ukraine. According to The New York Times report, “Although that country [South Korea] is one of Hollywood’s top-performing territories, resentment about the continued presence of the US military runs deep.” For years now, I have intended to write a column about the most g...
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Dear Tzviling

Open the Ark . . . in the ninth month

Dear Tzviling, I enjoy reading your column, and now I have a timely question for you. My wife is expecting in a few weeks (our first) and we’re all so excited. Someone in my local synagogue told me the other day that it is a blessing for me to open the doors of the Ark and take out the Torah when it is read in the synagogue. Can you elaborate? Omri, Montreal

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 July 2011 05:39 )

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View from Central Park

A drive with a view

My father absolutely loves going to Mount Evans. He says Mount Evans is a spiritual experience for him, a place where he communes with the Creator. I couldn’t agree more. You really do connect with the creator up there above timberline — only for me on my low level it is a quite different spiritual experience from the one my father means. Yeah, communing with the Creator all right, when I am anxiously, rigidly, silently, sitting in the car on the way up — silently reciting every psalm I kn...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:33 )

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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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