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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 recall any number of stories about shopping centers and housing complexes planned for cemeteries.

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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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View from Central Park

Israel and Ferguson

I’m not one to make everything be about Israel. As CNN was covering the rioting in Ferguson, one of the newscasters, Sarah Sidner, had a rock thrown at her. She continued reporting until a few moments later Jake Tapper of CNN fame interrupted, asking her to stop reporting and reach safety, saying: “Obviously some really bad people near you...nefarious person throwing rocks at you...” I thought to myself, hmm, interesting, when rocks are thrown in Ferguson, the rock throwers are “really...
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View From Denver

Assisted suicide is not a slippery slope

REPORTEDLY, TWO Colorado legislators are drafting a physician-assisted suicide bill for debate and, they hope, passage in the upcoming session of the Colorado legislature. Physician-assisted suicide is not a slippery slope. It’s the bottom of the slope. Once the absolute, “thou shalt not murder,” is compromised, the fundamental line has already been crossed. The implications, the so-called slippery slope, are not for the future. They are here. In fact, they are here with or without a ...
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WATCH: Jack Black, Morgan Freeman urge Americans to support Iran deal

Andrew Tobin The star-studded video warns that if Congress disapproves of the international agreement, war with Iran is likely. ... [Link]

With polls of U.S. Jews on Iran at odds, whom to believe?

Uriel Heilman A close look at how the questions were asked and how the polls were conducted yields some hints. ... [Link]

In West Bank settlement, Jewish protesters clash with police

Julie Wiener Some protesters in Beit El threw rocks at police after 200 demonstrators were forcibly removed from two buildings ordered to be demolished. ... [Link]

Jewish lawmakers shut out noise as they consider Iran nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Key members of Congress are counting calls to their offices and planning town halls as they consider how to vote on the agreement. ... [Link]

10 other things that start with ‘J’ for JDate to sue

Gabe Friedman After the Jewish dating site is done suing JSwipe for its use of the letter “J,” it should move on to these other “J”-branded entities. ... [Link]

Study: Most Jewish students faced hostilities on North American campuses

Julie Wiener Nearly three-quarters of over 3,000 respondents to the Brandeis survey said they were exposed to anti-Semitic statements and one-third were verbally harassed because they were Jewish. ... [Link]

FBI investigating anti-Semitic vandalism at Michigan Jewish camp

Julie Wiener At least two people reportedly spray-painted a swastika on a sign outside the Orthodox overnight camp during Tisha b’Av. ... [Link]

Jewish groups stake out positions on Iran deal, but whom do they represent?

Uriel Heilman A kerfuffle in Los Angeles is highlighting the apparent gap on the agreement between American Jews and Jewish organizations. ... [Link]

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