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Smitten by winter’s charm

I can’t imagine anything coming closer to Disneyland for snow sports enthusiasts than the SnowSports Industry of America (SIA), this year celebrating it’s 60th anniversary. Its snow show was hosted at the beginning of the month at the Colorado Convention Center, and it was awesome! For us Coloradans who have Snow White or Heidi living within us, the show was a joy.

The event was kicked off with a Send Off to Sochi ceremony, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between the SIA and Olympic community.

Aside from hundreds, possibly thousands, of booths featuring the latest and greatest in snow gear, and the closing of deals by buyers perusing the booths, the aisles filled with a community of snow enthusiasts created a wonderful vibe.

At the entry to the hall was an arch built of colorful skis.

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Voice from Israel

Vienna and Jerusalem

On a recent trip to Vienna, I found myself wandering the streets of the Innere Stadt late at night. I was struck by a certain incongruity. Everything above eye level was German to the core: its language, its architecture, and its ever-present tributes to great kings, princes, composers, and artists. Yet at street level, storefronts, kiosks, and conversations expressed a wide variety of languages and places of origin. Vienna’s multiculturalism is no accident. For most of the second half of the...
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View From Denver

The timely absence of Moses

The timely absence of MosesFROM the time of his birth until the end of the Torah, Moses is mentioned in every Torah portion except one: this one. The question is twofold: Why should Moses be omitted from any portion of the Torah? He was the leader of the exodus, the recipient of the Divine revelation, the arbiter of disputes within the Jewish people. He was the central figure in the Torah. If we can figure out why Moses was omitted, is there a reason why he was omitted from this week’s Torah portion in particular, and...
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View from Central Park

SodaStream? Make it mainstream!

My worlds were colliding. Because of SodaStream, suddenly my Israel life was being linked and discussed in the context s of the Super Bowl, at which my team happened to be playing. My Broncos and the Israeli Palestinian conflict? On principle I am opposed to the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS). Regardless, I honestly don’t get the boycott of SodaStream. If anything, SodaStream should be what is unifying people across the political spectrum. Because of the strange colliding o...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 February 2014 02:37 )

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Liberal Lens

Don’t pity the billionaire

THE rich have never been richer and the poor keep getting poorer. The financial Masters of the Universe enjoy indefinite taxpayer-funded bailouts, while the social safety net for the poor is gutted. The ruling class that engineers crushing economic inequality gathers at the World Economic Forum in Davos to pretend to care about said inequality, and then promises no concrete actions to combat the crisis. Many high-income earners pay a lower effective tax rate than low-income earners, and IRS da...
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JTA News

Ukrainian health official: Uman pilgrims may bring Ebola

Cnaan Liphshiz A Ukrainian health official warned that Jewish pilgrims converging in Uman may bring with them the ebola virus and other epidemics. ... [Link]

French man gets suspended sentence for quenelle at syangogue

Cnaan Liphshiz A man who performed the quenelle gesture in front of a French synagogue’s Holocaust memorial plaque received a fine and a suspended sentence. ... [Link]

Antwerp police chief: In crisis, Army should protect Jewish buildings

Cnaan Liphshiz Citing the deadly May attack on Brussels’ Jewish museum, Antwerp’s police commissioner called on the government to deploy the army to secure Jewish institutions in crisis situations. ... [Link]

Suriname man honored for trying to save Dutch Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s Holocaust remembrance authority named a Surinamese who risked his life to save Dutch Jews as a Righteous among the Nations. ... [Link]

2 Iranians with fake Israeli passports nabbed in Kenya

Cnaan Liphshiz Kenyan authorities reportedly arrested two Iranians in Nairobi who tried to reach Israel using fake Israeli passports. ... [Link]

Neiman Marcus settles discrimination suit

Anthony Weiss Luxury department store Neiman Marcus settled a discrimination lawsuit with a former employee who claimed that he was fired for being Jewish and gay. ... [Link]

Attendance at Jerusalem Gay Pride parade down from previous years

Marcy Oster Hundreds of people participated in Jerusalem’s 13th annual Gay Pride parade, down from previous years. ... [Link]

From Golden Dawn to terror tunnel, a glossary for 5774

Julie Wiener There may be no Official JTA Dictionary, but we couldn’t help but notice a number of new words and terms come into Jewish parlance since last Rosh Hashanah. ... [Link]

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