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Life vs. Death

While here in Colorado the sky has recently sparkled, be it with colorful fireworks of all shapes and sizes celebrating our freedom on The Fourth, or the other night’s powerful thunderstorm with claps of thunder so strong and white electric threads of lightening so bright.

Israelis’ heads are looking to the sky, too.

Not for celebration or to revel in the glory of nature. But for war.

The Iron Dome, as it does its thing — intercepting flying rockets — lights up the sky, sparkling for a moment, too.

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View From Denver

Did Pinchas the Zealot win or lose?

Did Pinchas the Zealot win or lose?IN this country we have learned that it is not enough to win the war. Did we win the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam or South Korea? For my purposes here, that’s moot. “Wars” are too big to comprehend. Individual soldiers are not. Even if they were heroes, even if we did win the wars in which they fought, individual soldiers may have lost. Today we speak of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD.
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View From Denver

What’s with the number seven?

What’s with the number seven?EVERYONE knows that the Sabbath falls once every seven days. Did you also know: David, King of Israel, was the seventh son of Yishai. Seven weeks divide Passover from Shavuot. Moses was the seventh generation after Abraham. Genesis describes the creation of the world in seven days. The seventh generation after Adam was Henoch, the only person described in all of scripture to be “taken by G-d” due to his righteousness. The Land of Israel is to lie fallow once every seven years (shmita)....
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View from Central Park

Seared into the story of the Jewish people

LIKE you, dear readers, “libi bemizrach,” “my heart,” at this very moment shredding to splinters, “is in the East.” For 18 days we traveled a painful, yet hopeful, journey together. As this painful chapter draws to a close, the release of the pent up hope we were all holding in has now turned to unbearable grief. The hope has burst forth in a wave of collective pain and sadness. We hoped together, now we weep together. We are all hurting. Together. That is the legacy that our bel...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2014 09:50 )

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Conservative Lens

What’s the preoccupation with the Redskins?

GIVEN how much evil there is in the world; given how many signs of moral, intellectual and economic decline there are here in America; and given the increasing irrelevance of America to world events, it is fair to ask why the American left is preoccupied with the name Washington “Redskins.” The Washington Redskins have been in existence for 82 years. For about 80 of those years, virtually no one, including the vast majority of American Indians, was troubled by the name. Yet, it is now of s...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 July 2014 02:07 )

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From The Onion to Daily Show, a roundup of Speechgate satire

Gabe Friedman The lighter side of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s much anticipated speech before Congress Tuesday. ... [Link]

For Vail’s Chabad rabbi, inspiration comes on ski slopes

Uriel Heilman Many of the challenges Dovid Mintz faces are familiar to Chabad emissaries, or shluchim, the world over, but the rabbi in Vail has come up with some unique responses to these challenges. ... [Link]

Ten senators tell McConnell they object to fast tracking Iran bill

Julie Wiener The senators, among them Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), urged the Senate majority leader wait and allow for negotiations with Iran to continue until at least the March 24 deadl... [Link]

Homeland Security bill includes $13 million for religious and other nonprofit groups

Julie Wiener Since its inception nine years ago, the Nonprofit Security Grants Program has provided more than $110 million to Jewish schools, synagogues and other nonprofits. ... [Link]

Argentine president’s full-page ad discredits Nisman’s complaint

Julie Wiener The advertisement published Wednesday says the complaint prepared by the late AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman is “filled with contradictions, illogical, with no legal basis.” ... [Link]

Isaac Herzog hopes to speak softly and carry Israel’s election

Ben Sales The leading contender to unseat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 17, Isaac Herzog represents a change not just in substance, but in style. ... [Link]

Obama: Netanyahu said ‘nothing new’ and offers ‘no viable alternative’

Marcy Oster If no deal is signed then “Iran will immediately begin once again pursuing its nuclear program, accelerate its nuclear program, without us having any insight into what they’re doing, and witho... [Link]

U.N. envoy calls for investigation into civilian Gaza deaths

Marcy Oster Makarim Wibisono recently took over as the special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories. ... [Link]

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