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Dec 01st
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Pakistan — more legitimate than Israel?

Whenever I have received a call from a listener to my radio show challenging Israel’s legitimacy, I have asked these people if they ever called a radio show to challenge any other country’s legitimacy. In particular, I ask, have they ever questioned the legitimacy of Pakistan?

The answer, of course, is always “no.” In fact, no caller ever understood why I even mentioned Pakistan.

There are two reasons for this.

First, of all the 200-plus countries in the world, only Israel’s legitimacy is challenged. So mentioning any other country seems strange to a caller.

View from Central Park

Emergency experts

I keep hearing this phrase: “When the tallest mountain trembles, the smallest mountain comes to help.” As if the friendship between the people of Nepal and the people of Israel was not already so strong. Now it will be stronger. Israelis are no strangers to Nepal. As has become the ritual over the past decades, many IF soldiers travel to Nepal and India upon termination of their service.
View From Denver

Meditation, exercise, creativity, and...

FOUR. Jewish spirituality, set down by the Prophet Isaiah, comes in fours: delight, honor, freedom from planning daily tasks and freedom from speaking about them. Together, these four gifts comprise the serenity of Shabbos. Together, they call attention to four other human strivings, outside of Jewish spirituality. In an electronically engaged world, even its most successful participants seek a respite from its pressures and quandaries. We want in. And we want out. We want into the producti...
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They stood side by side, the liberated and the liberators. The formal, brass-decked young uniformed military men and women from Colorado’s National Guard — from the same 157th infantry that, 70 years ago, were among the liberators of the Dachau concentration camp — and the elderly, tattered yet strong and proud Holocaust survivors. One held an accordion in his hands as part of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale. It was the 70th anniversary of the end of WW II, an emotional Holocaust commemoration...
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A taste of Israel at 67

Sixty-seven years old — next Thursday is our little modern day Israel’s birthday, our ancient homeland for millennia. When you consider the ashes that modern day Israel was built upon, and all that she has faced, birthed and developed, it’s pretty breathtaking. Birthdays are a time of stock taking and reflection, of pausing and examining the past year, both its mistakes and achievements. But it is also a celebratory time, a time to revel in the opportunity and blessing of reaching anothe...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Two alleged Palestinian stabbers killed during attempted attacks

Marcy Oster The attempted attacks occurred Tuesday at the Gush Etzion junction and in the northern West Bank. ... [Link]

Far-right Israeli activists protests Jerusalem Christmas event

Jas Chana Anti-arab group Lehava organized a protest against an event they believed was encouraging Jewish children to decorate Christmas trees. ... [Link]

Jewish-Arab school arsonist sentenced to jail

Marcy Oster Yitzhak Gabai also was ordered to pay tens of thousands of shekels in compensation to the Max Rayne Hand In Hand Jerusalem School. ... [Link]

Historic synagogue in Australian outback vandalized

Marcy Oster The Broken Hill Synagogue was established in 1910 to meet the spiritual needs of a small but vibrant Jewish community serving the booming mining town. ... [Link]

Amy Schumer poses nude for Pirelli calendar

Gabe Friedman Jewish comedian and actress Amy Schumer stripped down for Annie Leibovitz in a photograph that appears in the latest Pirelli calendar. How did she describe the photo? “Beautiful, gross, strong... [Link]

Sheldon Silver, ex-NY Assembly speaker, found guilty on all 7 corruption charges

Gabe Friedman Silver, who served as speaker for over 20 years, faces a maximum sentence of 130 years in prison. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli lawmaker Ayman Odeh to hold landmark talks with White House

Gabe Friedman The Joint Arab List chairman reportedly will be the first prominent representative of Israel’s Arabic community to engage in high-profile diplomatic talks in Washington, D.C. ... [Link]

How a Jewish trans father inspired a hit series

Lisa Keys Jill Soloway, the award-winning creator of ‘Transparent,’ dishes on her own family and what to expect in the show’s second season. ... [Link]

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