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Obama’s vacation

ONE question: Why is Obama still in Hawaii? To tell the truth, I was not too impressed with his going there in the first place. But OK, that is just my pet peeve. In a time of war, when American soldiers are dying on battlefields; at a time when the economy is crashing and thousands, if not millions, have lost work since Obama took office — to leave the White House or the traditional vacation choice of Camp David for an excessively ostentatious vacation and leisurely golf party with family and friends, even if it is the holidays, didn’t sit so well with me.

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Dear Tzviling

What’s in a name?

Dear Tzviling, My fiancé and I are preparing for our wedding, and my rabbi indicated he needs our Hebrew names for the ketubah even though I don’t regularly use them. My Hebrew name is Rochel Geneshe. I am familiar with “Rochel.” But “Geneshe”? What an interesting name. What does it mean? Do all Jewish names have meaning? Rachel, Vail

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 December 2009 02:43 )

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View from Central Park

Little House on the Prairie

I REMEMBER the first time I went to the theater. I was in the eighth grade. Just then a theater interpretation of S. Y. Agnon’s short story “Tehilla,” at The Chen Theater, near the old Jerusalem railroad tracks was playing. In honor of my 13th birthday and the play’s protagonist, Tehilla — kind of being my namesake — my parents decided to take me out to see “Tehilla.” At the time we always did things together as a family. I had never spent an evening alone with my parents before...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 December 2009 11:54 )

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Conservative Lens

Lincoln’s last best hope? No more

AS the passage of the bill that will start the process of nationalizing health care in America becomes almost inevitable, so, too, the process of undoing America’s standing as The Last Best Hope of Earth will have begun. That description of America was not, as more than a few Americans on the left believe, made by some right-wing chauvinist. It was made by President Abraham Lincoln in an address to Congress on Dec. 1, 1862. The bigger the American government becomes, the more like other coun...
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View From Denver

The mysteries and pitfalls of translation

ALL of the fast days in Judaism demand introspection and repentance. Certain fast days also demand mourning; for example, the tenth of the Hebrew month of Teves, observed this coming Sunday. Teves 10 marks a season, not just a day. Teves 8 is the anniversary of the first translation of the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, into Greek. Why is this a source of mourning? What is wrong with translating the Bible? Even people fluent in Biblical Hebrew seem to gain from translations. We might say, especi...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Amid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the rise

Cnaan Liphshiz France’s Jewish Defense League, a a controversial group with a history of vigilantism, is enjoying growing support amid fears that police cannot protect Jewish institutions. ... [Link]

Cease-fire or reoccupy? Israeli leaders split on Gaza endgame

Ben Sales As Operation Protective Edge enters its third week, some are calling for Israel to reoccupy the Gaza Strip. ... [Link]

Shalom to the enshrined: Cooperstown’s Jewish mayor, Hall of Fame chief greeting baseball’s elite

mbrodsky Decade-long friends Jeff Idelson and Mayor Jeff Katz run the show as the New York State village celebrates the Hall of Fame’s induction weekend. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Finding unity in a bomb shelter

Ami Eden As people take cover from incoming rocket fire, the varied streams of life in Israel converge, writes Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Gaza war sympathies, Santa Fe peace pipe, Wal-Mart’s black hats

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

As rockets fly, poor towns in southern Israel cry out for better protection

Ben Sales Thousands of southern Israelis within striking distance of Gaza lack ready access to a bomb shelter. ... [Link]

FAA suspends U.S. airlines’ flights to Israel

Uriel Heilman The Federal Aviation Administration prohibited all U.S. airlines from flying to Israel for at least 24 hours. ... [Link]

Kaddish for a Texan who gave his life in Gaza

Ben Sales Thousands gather for the funeral of Sean Carmeli, whose death had special resonance for JTA’s Ben Sales, a fellow American immigrant to Israel. ... [Link]

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