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Magen David Adom — Israel’s Red Cross

THROUGHOUT the conflict this summer in Israel, we all cheered and supported the amazing IDF soldiers.

In time of war and tension, working in coordination with the IDF was an important organization, Magen David Adom (MDA); specifically, the Southern MDA, located in Ashdod. It needed to contend with the tense rocket situation that Southern Israelis were living with day to day.

This MDA serves as the dispatching headquarters for cities of Ashdod, Sderot, Kiryat Gat, Kiryat Malachi, Ofakim, Netivot, and Ashkelon, plus some other smaller towns.

MDA can treat of course in an emergency, but the MDA in Ashdod operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as a regional dispatching facility.

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View From Denver

What is the worth of a theoretical teaching?

What is the worth of a theoretical teaching?IT’S odd. Judaism’s basic book, the Torah, is known for specifics. Laws. Practices. Details. Moral examples. Role models. Pathways to godliness. Yet, in a few instances, these laws or teachings are strictly theoretical. They never have been applied and never will be. Why should the Torah present a strictly theoretical teaching? Perhaps the most famous case is also, perhaps, the most interpreted passage in all of Scripture: the binding of Isaac, in the 22nd chapter of Genesis. G-d never inte...
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View from Central Park

In the presence of a legend

WITH rockets flying overhead, I spent one day traveling the South of Israel meeting organic farmers, ‘kibbutzniks’ living at the border of Israel and Gaza, residents of Sderot, the MDA (Israel’s Red Cross) of Ashdod and an IDF representative. Never before have I felt more inspired and proud to be Jewish. Never before have the “amcha” of Israel — the people who make up the fabric of this society — touched me so deeply. This week, I will share a glimpse into only just one of those m...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:11 )

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Liberal Lens

Journalists on the government’s blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter to lawmakers criticizing “serious limitations on access to records” that they say have “impeded” their oversight work. The data about ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:08 )

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View From Denver

The late Mrs. Lila Silberstein

I pen this with tears. I have never been one to “celebrate the life.” Death is death. Deep loss. Never to be replaced. Perhaps the sharpest stabs come from the pictures seemingly on every available surface in the apartment of my late mother-in-law, Mrs. Lila Silberstein, about whom I received the call at about 4:30 a.m., Aug. 19, “it’s all over.” These pictures are all doubled, so to speak, pictures of who is there, silently hiding the pictures of who isn’t there. Pictures of child...
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JTA News

Woman arrested for sexual abuse of teenagers at a bar mitzvah

Gabe Friedman A 32-year-old woman reportedly exposed her breasts to several guests at a bar mitzvah party before performing oral sex on a 15-year-old boy. ... [Link]

ADL slams Lena Dunham’s New Yorker piece

Gabe Friedman The Anti-Defamation League has called Lena Dunham’s recent controversial piece in the New Yorker “tasteless” and “offensive.” ... [Link]

Is U.S.-Israel crisis a speed bump or sign of a long-term conflict?

Ron Kampeas President Obama’s comments this week suggest he has not heeded the calls of leading pro-Israel lawmakers and Jewish organizational leaders to tone down his disagreement with Israel. ... [Link]

Y.U. medical school staff receives employment warning

Gabe Friedman Over 2,500 employees at Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine could be laid off as a result of Montefiore Health System’s takeover of the medical school’s operations. ... [Link]

Reid endorses Schumer for minority leader

Ben Harris The retiring Senate minority leader predicted that Sen. Charles Schumer, the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate and a leading pro-Israel voice in Congress, would win the post without opposition. ... [Link]

France to work on UN draft resolution on Israel

Cnaan Liphshiz Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters he plans to move forward with drafting a Security Council resolution on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. ... [Link]

Toulouse rabbi told to remove kippah at voting station

Cnaan Liphshiz Rabbi Avraham Weill complained to police of the alleged discrimination. ... [Link]

WATCH: Check out this year’s leading Passover parody videos

Julie Wiener If there had been just one “Uptown Funk” parody for Passover, Dayenu. But there are two. ... [Link]

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