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CHANUKAH EDITION
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Don’t you get mail and sometimes you know what’s in the envelope even before you open it?

For example, wedding invitations seem to come in a common size and shape. And the envelope is somewhat thick, not to mention the double address on the back. You know what awaits you.

Good news.

Then there’s the opposite. I received an envelope last Friday with a multi-line, government return address. I just knew it was bad news. The return address read, “Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration. Division of Finance and Procurement. 1525 Sherman Street. Denver, CO 80203.”

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 December 2014 13:33 )

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View from Central Park

Hands

CHANUKAH EDITIONSECTION E PAGE 23 Between last Passover, when I shared with you about my beloved Bubbie’s egg lukshn that she fried, rolled like a cigar, and sliced into the thinnest of ribbons, and this Chanukah, sadly we lost her. Almost a centenarian, she died in August and I miss her terribly. Like those lukshn, many other foods, especially the heimish or Hungarian classics, are linked with my Bubbie. Latkes are one of them, too. For my Bubbie, cooking wasn’t some last minute thing o...
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View From Denver

The missing grave — forward to the past

A GRAVE, one might think, is the last thing that could go missing. If only it were so. Besides the millions of Jews incinerated during the Holocaust who never had graves, cemeteries were a favorite object of disrespect by both the Nazis and the communists. After the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago, one aspect of the open commerce between the West and the former Soviet Union was the attempt to locate and restore old Jewish cemeteries in Eastern Europe and beyond. Readers of the IJN may r...
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View from Central Park

Latkes

With Chanukah just a couple of weeks away, I already hear people talking Chanukah shop, in other words, latkes. Without a doubt, they are the star of Chanukah dinner parties. You could slave for hours and prepare the most gourmet brisket, and it will still be ancillary to the humble spud, the latke that steals the show. Mounds of hot fried, crispy, lacy latkes are already on my and so many others’ minds. Indeed, they are goooood. To be sure, latke talk inspires strong opinions regarding wha...
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Conservative Lens

You can kill, but not murder

Ask almost anyone to recite the commandment in the Ten Commandments that prohibits taking a life and you will be told, “Thou Shall Not Kill.” That is the King James translation of the sixth commandment. It is a magnificent translation, but one that has led to much moral confusion. You would think that of all the Ten Commandments the one that needs the least explaining is the sixth, because it seems so clear. In fact, it is probably the least well understood of the Ten Commandments. The re...
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