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From Hilltop to Hilltop

LET’S SEE. This makes sense. I’m going to live in Israel. Therefore, I will go to Rwanda. Israel has a lot of hills. Rwanda has a lot of hills. In fact, it’s called the “land of a thousand [green] hills.” Perfect preparation for Israel.

Not only that. Rwandan villages need help with public health. If I can improve public health in a Rwandan village, I can make sure it happen in Israel, too.

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Conservative Lens

The Democrats’ preoccupation with inequality

If you want to understand today’s Democratic party, a word search of the Democrats’ debate last week provides a pretty clear picture. Here is how many times key words were spoken: Wall Street: 23; Tax: 20; Inequality: 9; Wealthy: 7. Now, compare the number of times other national concerns were mentioned: ISIS: 4; Terror/ists/ism: 2; Defense: 2; Military (excluding Jim Webb): 1; Freedom: 1; Debt (national): 0; Liberty: 0; Strength: 0; Armed forces: 0; Islamist/Islamic: 0. The...
Reflections

The Widows Club

WHEN MY beloved husband of 32 years died after battling cancer for three-and-a-half years, family and friends did their best to comfort me. It didn’t take more than a few minutes to realize that, with the exception of a first kiss, there may not be a more awkward social interaction than trying to comfort the bereaved. Everyone meant well as they searched to find the right words, posture, and tone of voice to help me through an impossible time. Caring advice, personal stories, grief books and ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 16 October 2015 08:51 )

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View From Denver

Something from nothing

Talk about a book that I was skeptical of when I picked it up. Actually, I didn’t pick it up. It was sent to me by the author. I don’t know why. I never met him, and I am not an adherent of Satmar Judaism. The book is a memoir of the long-time English principal of the Jewish schools of Satmar. It provides biographical sketches of the founding Satmar Rebbe in America, the late Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum, the staunch anti-Zionist (1887-1979).
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View from Central Park

‘The knife is our choice!’

Last week I concluded my column by weakly writing “Maybe.” I wanted to believe that maybe there was still hope for a positive new year; that maybe the savage surge in terrorism on the streets of Israel that was so devastatingly painful would also be devastatingly brief. Maybe. I didn’t know what to believe anymore. Maybe, I thought to myself. Maybe. Unfortunately, the tension and barbaric attacks on innocent civilians has proven my hopes to be nothing more than fantasy....

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 October 2015 12:03 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

New JCC day camp replaces German beer hall

Julie Wiener It may well be the first Jewish day camp to be located on the site of a German beer garden. The JCC in Manhattan’s Camp Settoga, slated to open in late June, is replacing Platzl Brauhaus (“... [Link]

Bob Dylan’s forgotten pro-Israel song, revisited

Gabe Friedman “I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now,” Bob Dylan sang in 1964’s “My Back Pages.” Reverse-aging or no, the legendary Jewish folk singer turns 75 on Tuesday. While Dy... [Link]

Democrats drafting party platform include critics of Israel, friends of Israel – and a BDS backer

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Democratic Party platform drafting committee is top heavy with veterans of political battles over Israel — some friendly, some critical, and including at least one m... [Link]

French Jews react to first screening of buzzy, irreverent comedy on anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz PARIS (JTA) — When the French-Jewish film director Yvan Attal titled his much-hyped comedy about anti-Semitism “They Are Everywhere,” he did so in reference to how some anti-Semites feel abo... [Link]

Genesis Prize Foundation billionaire co-founder will leave his money to charity, none to 4 kids

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Russian-Jewish billionaire Mikhail Fridman has announced plans to leave his entire fortune to charity,  not leaving a single kopek for his children. Fridman, Russia’s second richest man, ... [Link]

Netanyahu tells Knesset he’s prepared to take ‘brave steps’ for peace

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he supports the establishment of a Palestinian state as long as it is demilitarized and recognizes Israel as a Jewish state. In a speech to the... [Link]

New stage for Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick: The Knesset

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — A year and a half ago he was a fringe Temple Mount activist expected to die, the victim of a point-blank assassination attempt. This week he will enter the Knesset, the ruling L... [Link]

$15M grant to update Reform movement’s Israel campus

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — The Reform movement in Israel is receiving a $15 million grant from Taube Philanthropies to update its Jerusalem headquarters. The grant is the largest ever to a Jewish organization fro... [Link]

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