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A circle has closed

This past week a circle has closed.

It began seven weeks ago with the kidnapping and murder of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali.

A war ensued. And right at the gates of Tisha b’Av, it drew to a close.

Soldiers, their military boots removed, sat on the ground, in lamentations.

Never before have the words of the Tisha b’Av mincha prayer resonated as they did this year. “Libi libi al chalaleihem, my heart cries out for the dead soldiers.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 03:34 )

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View From Denver

Can we really do anything for Israel?

Can we really do anything for Israel?REMEMBER the story of Naboth in ancient Israel? He possessed a lovely vineyard right next to the palace of King Ahab. Ahab coveted that vineyard because it was close and convenient, and offered Naboth to trade it for a better one, or to buy it. Naboth told Ahab that he could not part with his ancestors’ heritage. The arrogant king was angry that Naboth had even spoken up to him, let alone denied him the vineyard. Ahab turned sullen, too angry to eat, and told his wife Jezebel, who said she...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 03:30 )

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Our own stories of destruction

This year, in this season of national mourning culminating in Tisha b’Av, we have our own aggadot churban or stories of destruction. It is not only past history we will be grieving when we read the melancholy Book of Lamentations (Eicha), but current events. We will be grieving our brave and holy Israeli soldiers, who died protecting our people and out land. It is to so painful, one by one, to hear of their loss. I look at their photos, read a little about each one, read their heart wrenching...
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Liberal Lens

Pension cuts finance stadium subsidies

AS states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams. Detroit last week became the most prominent example of this trend. Officials in the financially devastated city announced that their plan to slash public workers’ pension benefits will move forward. On the same day, the billionaire owners of the Detroit R...
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Why Israel still fights in Gaza — a reminder

Why Israel still fights in Gaza — a reminderMOSES found it necessary to remind people what’s in the Torah just before he died. Reminders are OK. The necessary reminding at this hour is about Israel. Israel — the eternal heritage of the Jewish people. And Israel — the contemporary Jewish state at war. Moses said: The Torah is too much to take in at once. Genesis is packed full of history, genealogy and ethics. Likewise, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers — plus, laws.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 00:50 )

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