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What makes Jewish time tick?

I grew up in a home where time was always a stressful issue. Mom was usually dressed and ready to go to a party at least 24 hours before it started.

Before any vacation, you could find her suitcase sitting proudly by the back door — at least two days before we were scheduled to leave.

Then there was Dad, who had this annoying habit of sauntering into the house after a sweaty game of tennis about five minutes before company was expected. Before any car trip, you would find Dad poring over road maps while we waited in the hot car, crammed into the back seat with bags of food and melting crayons.

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A circle has closed

This past week a circle has closed. It began seven weeks ago with the kidnapping and murder of Eyal, Gilad and Naftali. A war ensued. And right at the gates of Tisha b’Av, it drew to a close. Soldiers, their military boots removed, sat on the ground, in lamentations. Never before have the words of the Tisha b’Av mincha prayer resonated as they did this year. “Libi libi al chalaleihem, my heart cries out for the dead soldiers.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 03:34 )

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Can we really do anything for Israel?

Can we really do anything for Israel?REMEMBER the story of Naboth in ancient Israel? He possessed a lovely vineyard right next to the palace of King Ahab. Ahab coveted that vineyard because it was close and convenient, and offered Naboth to trade it for a better one, or to buy it. Naboth told Ahab that he could not part with his ancestors’ heritage. The arrogant king was angry that Naboth had even spoken up to him, let alone denied him the vineyard. Ahab turned sullen, too angry to eat, and told his wife Jezebel, who said she...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 03:30 )

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Our own stories of destruction

This year, in this season of national mourning culminating in Tisha b’Av, we have our own aggadot churban or stories of destruction. It is not only past history we will be grieving when we read the melancholy Book of Lamentations (Eicha), but current events. We will be grieving our brave and holy Israeli soldiers, who died protecting our people and out land. It is to so painful, one by one, to hear of their loss. I look at their photos, read a little about each one, read their heart wrenching...
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Liberal Lens

Pension cuts finance stadium subsidies

AS states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams. Detroit last week became the most prominent example of this trend. Officials in the financially devastated city announced that their plan to slash public workers’ pension benefits will move forward. On the same day, the billionaire owners of the Detroit R...
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JTA News

London Jewish couple honored for rescuing killer they helped to convict

Cnaan Liphshiz Haim and Rachel Bubli of London treated a wounded gang member while recording his confession. ... [Link]

Maccabeats don lederhosen for Passover

Julie Wiener The Orthodox Jewish male a cappella members sing “Dayenu” while dressed in Bavarian beer hall garb. ... [Link]

Swastikas found in dorm at Northeastern U.

Marcy Oster The Boston school’s president in an email to students and staff condemned what he called a “hateful act.” ... [Link]

Soren Kam, among most wanted Nazi criminals, dies at 93

Gabe Friedman Denmark’s highest-ranking Nazi died in Germany, which refused to extradite him on several occasions. ... [Link]

Jewish House Dems call on Obama to cool rhetoric against Netanyahu

Marcy Oster The lawmakers issued the demand at a meeting with deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes, who reportedly agreed to send along the message. ... [Link]

Jewish groups blast Virginia State Bar for canceling Jerusalem seminar

Marcy Oster The JCRC of Greater Washington and B’nai B’rith ripped the state agency’s call to change venues for the November trip. ... [Link]

What does the new ‘Daily Show’ host think about Israel?

Gabe Friedman Will Jon Stewart successor Trevor Noah, who is South African, compare Israeli policies to apartheid? ... [Link]

Topol to receive Israel Prize lifetime achievement award

Marcy Oster Former diplomat Esther Herlitz will be recognized similarly, the Education Ministry said, at next month’s ceremonies on Israel’s Independence Day. ... [Link]

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