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Bloody tallit

Just when I thought it not possible for my heart to be shattered any more, I heard it.

I caught my breath when suddenly and unexpectedly a photo flashed on my computer screen, my eyes falling on the grisly scene: the blood soaked siddur, so thickly layered it was almost like a glaze; a meat cleaver at the side of a body, lying lifelessly; a blood-drenched tallit- and tefilin-wrapped, severed arm on the floor; pools and splatters of blood staining the floor all around. A life, moments ago a beating heart, immersed in communion with the Creator, now gone, butchered, spilling out onto the cold concrete of a house of prayer.

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View From Denver

In the heart of Jerusalem

THE mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, in condemning last Tuesday’s terror attack on worshippers in a synagogue, observed that the synagogue was “in the heart of Jerusalem.” It wasn’t always so. That synagogue was in Har Nof. This neighborhood wasn’t always “the heart of Jerusalem.” In fact, when Har Nof was founded, it wasn’t clear whether it was in Jerusalem at all. The elastic status of that neighborhood is a microcosm of the entire Jewish-Arab conflict over the past 133 yea...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 November 2014 09:37 )

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Conservative Lens

When Republicans win, it’s ‘dysfunctional’

Since the Bolsheviks inaugurated the first edition of their party newspaper Pravda (the Russian word for truth), the left has shaped truth to serve its goals. On an individual level, there are plenty of progressives who are honest and plenty of conservatives who aren’t. But truth is just not a left-wing value. Rather, feminism, environmentalism, material equality, and fighting racism, sexism, homophobia and Islamophobia are more important. The myriad falsehood-based hysterias unleashed by the...
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View from Central Park

Welcome, North Korea

What is happening in the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset? A bill undermining the bedrock of any Democratic society, the sacrosanct freedom of speech, was put forth by Eitan Cabel of the Labor Party, to limit the distribution of free newspapers. And it passed. True, formally the bill still has two more readings, plus a host of other hurdles, to become law. I don’t think it will survive. But still. The principle of it! Yisrael [Israel] Hayom is a daily newspaper that is distributed free (thi...
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Liberal Lens

Should the GOP look forward to 2016?

THE DRAMATIC, across-the-board victory engineered by Republicans in the Nov. 4 elections would seem to bode well for the party’s chance to capture the White House in 2016. The GOP took full control of Congress, flipped at least four governor’s offices from blue to red, and prompted much talk of a resurgent Republican movement. Not so fast. A more careful look at the returns significantly complicates the narrative that an American electorate, which recently tilted Democratic, has since shift...
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JTA News

Near site of landmark march, Philadelphia museum celebrates Jewish role in promoting gay rights

Ben Harris The National Museum of American Jewish History has mounted an exhibition focusing on three Jews instrumental in the American gay rights movement. ... [Link]

Kerry: Iran talks ‘could go either way’

Marcy Oster Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton, campaigning in New Hampshire, warns that even with a deal, “Iran’s aggressiveness will not end.” ... [Link]

‘A Borrowed Identity’ depicts divided hearts in a land divided

Lisa Keys Based on the autobiographical novel of the noted writer Sayed Kashua, the film explores an Arab-Israeli relationship of a very personal kind. ... [Link]

Dome of the Rock tops CNN list of structures on verge of extinction

Marcy Oster Preservation plans have been derailed due to hardened relations between Israel and UNESCO, according to CNN. ... [Link]

Arson seen as cause of Jerusalem forest fires

Marcy Oster Firebombs hurled from a nearby Palestinian village are believed to have started the blazes, which have destroyed nearly 250 acres of trees. ... [Link]

ISIS affiliate says it fired 3 rockets at Israel

Marcy Oster Sinai Province said it fired the long-range Grad missiles, which were found in open areas, at “occupied Palestine.” ... [Link]

U.N. Human Rights Council adopts report on Israel-Gaza conflict

Marcy Oster The resolution drafted by the Arab states ignores the report’s criticism of the Palestinians and does not mention rockets launched by Hamas from Gaza on Israel. ... [Link]

London neo-Nazi rally overshadowed by counterdemonstration

Marcy Oster About 25 neo-Nazis demonstrated against “Jewish privilege” in a rally that was ordered moved by police from the heavily Jewish-populated Golders Green neighborhood. ... [Link]

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