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View from Central Park


I was just taking a walk through the neighborhood when a group of three little girls, two of them in sundresses and one still in her bathing suit, rode by me on their bikes. Their skin was still sparkling in the sunshine from the residual pool water on their backs and necks, their swim gear dumped into the white wicker baskets attached to the front of their bikes. How so very sweet.

Remember the anticipation you had as a child just waiting for that final day of grade school? Regardless of the degrees outside, never mind if anything was actually blooming yet, to you that was the day. The day summer officially started.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:27 )

Conservative Lens


IF you believe that Americans have lousy health care, it is probably not because you have actually experienced inferior heath care. It is probably because you were told America has lousy health care. Last week, major news media headlines: Reuters: “US scores dead last again in healthcare study.” Los Angeles Times: “US is No. 1 in a key area of healthcare. Guess which one . . . ” NPR: “US Spends The Most On Health Care, Yet Gets Least” The Week: “US health care system: Worst in...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 09:21 )

View From Denver

The two powerful whitenesses in the Torah

A MIDRASH says that the Torah is black fire on white fire. Others observe that the spaces between the letters of the Torah are as significant as the letters themselves. The Torah is a whole; its whiteness must be as important as its blackness. This points to the steady progression of the black letter and the white space, computer-like, an unbroken series, a typographical and theological algorithm, encoding the divine secrets for humankind. Except for two types of interruptions. The first is ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 10:20 )

Jewish on Earth

What adults should learn from summer camp

“HELLO muddah, hello faddah.  Here I am at — Camp Grenada . . . ” Even when everything goes wrong, there’s nothing Allan Sherman’s singing camper wants more than to stay at camp. It’s where he and his fellow campers enjoy getting away from home — playing, making friends, learning Judaic practice and getting into mischief. Simultaneously, campers are picking up subconscious information — about fair play, contributing to society and identifying with place, culture and religion ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 09:22 )

View From Denver

Coming soon to a state near you: an immigration crisis

WE might as well have been in a forest fire, for all the heat generated in Phoenix, and I don’t mean the 103° weather. A panel on immigration reform at the recent American Jewish Press Association meeting — held in Phoenix — recalled mythical Chinese dragons, the fires pouring out of their mouths. It wasn’t the fire of interpersonal anger or hostility. It was the pressure-cooker response to a problem this country has not seen since its founding. Remember the old grade-school truism ab...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:29 )

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Cruz, Zeldin press State Dept. on funding for group working on Israeli election

Ron Kampeas “There appears to be a danger that U.S. taxpayer funds are being used to directly shape the outcome of the upcoming Israeli election,” the two lawmakers wrote to Secretary of State John Kerry.... [Link]

Prosecutor: Only Nisman DNA found at scene of his death

Marcy Oster The prosecutor heading the probe into Alberto Nisman’s shooting death said testing was performed on clothes, as well as the gun, pistol magazine, bullets and shell casing. ... [Link]

Polish strongmen partner with group moving Jewish headstones

Cnaan Liphshiz From the Depths and the Polish Strongman Federation launched their cooperation when two federation members helped move headstones for a Warsaw resident. ... [Link]

Reports: CIA, Mossad collaborated in Mughniyeh killing

Ron Kampeas The CIA and the Mossad collaborated in the 2008 assassination of Imad Mughniyeh, the top Hezbollah operations officer blamed for an array of terrorist attacks. ... [Link]

Top House Foreign Affairs leaders urge Kerry to cut P.A. funding

Ron Kampeas Leaders from both parties on the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee urged Secretary of State John Kerry to suspend funding to the Palestinian Authority until it withdraws from the... [Link]

Rights groups call on Serbian president to apologize for Holocaust Day remarks

Ron Kampeas Serbian human rights groups called on Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic to apologize for saying at a Holocaust commemoration that Nazis targeted Jews because of their over-representation in “pr... [Link]

UC Davis Jewish frat house targeted with swastikas after campus divestment resolution passes

Marcy Oster The non-binding advisory resolution passed by the student senate calls on the University of California to divest from “corporations that aid in the Israeli occupation of Palestine and illegal settle... [Link]

Brandeis University President Frederick Lawrence to step down

Marcy Oster Lawrence, who currently is serving his fifth academic year as president, is one of the country’s leading experts in civil rights and the eighth president of Brandeis University. ... [Link]

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