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May 31st
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A new billionaire on the block

THERE’S A new billionaire on the block. Actually, it’s . . . me. After a lifetime of failing at every imaginable investment, I finally hit upon an idea that worked.


As in, big time.

As in, classical you can’t lose.

You know those ads on the radio that say you will never lose a penny of your principal regardless of whether the market goes up or down — and you don’t call. Of course you don’t call.

You know it’s a fake.

Conservative Lens

Europe is making a fatal mistake

Allowing millions of Syrians and others from the Muslim Middle East into Europe will end up a catastrophe for Europe, and therefore for the West. This may be the most difficult sentence I have ever written. Little seems more obviously moral than to allow these beleagured Syrians, Iraqis and others to flee from hell into heaven. Therefore, arguing against allowing large numbers of them into Europe (and the US) seems to be advocating for something that is heartless and just morally wrong....
View from Central Park

The broken etrog

This summer I re-read one of my favorite Israeli authors, S. Y. Agnon. Of course, in order to receive the full delight and experience of this Nobel Laureate's writing, you need to read him in the original Hebrew, or at the very least in a proper translation. His mastery and affection for irony and contradiction are executed with the perfection of the craftsman par excellence that he is. His writings, almost like a Biblical commentary, are mutilayered with the obvious and the covert. His stories...
View From Denver


AND I want you to know that there is a real problem out there, overtaking every facet of literature — high brow, low brow, middle brow, in print, online, Twitter, Facebook, non-fiction, everything. And I just can’t make my peace with it. And, I mean, it’s really disturbing to a person who at least aspires to write well and to read well. And to read well? And, yes indeed, it’s a pleasure to read something that is well written, even if it is only an objective news report. And I just can...
View from Central Park


The melodies of the Days of Awe engulf me. Long before arriving to shul for formal prayers, I am preparing myself with the tunes and melodies, singing them to myself. Often I occupy myself with the fruitless exercise of imagining grafting melodies from songs I love onto snippets or sometimes whole prayers from the liturgy — it’s fruitless because I am not leading the prayers. I just enjoy doing it for the sake of it. Then there are those wordless niggunim, melodies that stir the heart and w...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Brazilian Jewish politician Gerson Bergher dies at 91

Cnaan Liphshiz RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — One of Brazil’s most prominent Jewish activists, Gerson Bergher died at age 91. A former president of the Brazilian Zionist Organization, Bergher, who has served as ... [Link]

Ukrainian authorities honor nationalists whose troops butchered Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Amid a divisive debate in Ukraine on state honors for nationalists viewed as responsible for anti-Semitic pogroms, the country observed the first minute of silence in memory of Symon Pet... [Link]

European Parliament lawmaker from Britain calls Israelis ‘a rash’

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — The European Jewish Congress is demanding that action be taken against a British lawmaker at the European Parliament, who compared Israelis to a skin disease. “We can give you a list o... [Link]

No school for Dutch Muslim group whose ex-boss wished a tsunami on Israel

Cnaan Liphshiz AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Citing potential radicalization, the Dutch government prevented the opening of a Muslim school by a group whose former leader praised Islamic State terrorists and wished for A... [Link]

Netanyahu, Liberman partially endorse Arab peace initiative

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared his acceptance of some elements of the so-called Arab Peace initiative as a basis for talks on resolving the Israeli-Palestinian confli... [Link]

Israeli soldier, 19, wounded in Tel Aviv attack seen as terrorism

mbrodsky (JTA) — An Israeli soldier was lightly wounded Monday in a Tel Aviv stabbing — reportedly with a screwdriver — in what police are investigating as a terrorist attack. The alleged ass... [Link]

Vandalism at 3 New England synagogues aims to intimidate community, ADL regional leader says

mbrodsky BOSTON (JTA) — Recent vandalism targeting three New England synagogues is aimed at intimidating the Jewish community, the director of the New England office of the Anti-Defamation League said. R... [Link]

75th anniversary of Baghdad pogrom to be commemorated in 4 cities

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The author of a work on the Nazi-era massacre in Baghdad believed to have precipitated the Jewish exodus from Iraq is commemorating its 75th anniversary with candle lightings ... [Link]

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