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America’s left-wing Jews ashamed of Israel

American Jews on the left were beside themselves last week. Israel’s Jews did something that utterly infuriated these American Jews: Israel’s Jews overwhelmingly voted for a man of the right (or for other right-of-center parties). And not just any right-winger, but the only leader in the Western world to publicly differ from their hero, President Barack Obama.

Last Updated ( Friday, 27 March 2015 08:52 )

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Pesto, pecans...

We all have our Passover culinary traditions. Subconsciously, I think one was created here in this column when it seems, as Passover rolls around (ooh, pardon that pun!), I write a food column. Not one to break with tradition, I shall oblige you. But instead of a nostalgic food memory column, this year I shall be pragmatic. We all have our food quirks on Passover. I am no exception.
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National Jewish Health: Not too big, not too small

DR. MICHAEL SALEM, president and CEO of National Jewish Health, identifies a Catch 22: In contemporary medical facilities, you can’t get too small, and you can’t get too big. If you get too big, you can attract quality faculty for research, but can’t provide the opportunities for the intimate exchange of ideas, for natural interaction and cross-fertilization. And you can’t provide personalized medicine. If you get too small, you don’t have the resources for either the research or th...
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I, ALONG with all of you, was following the Israeli elections with bated breath. And based on the media, polls and general social media, was mentally preparing for the possibility of Bibi losing. There was also an impressive new person in the leftist camp I was watching. After Bibi’s decisive win, and the left’s loss, this new candidate I was watching posted a photo to his Facebook page in response to the loss. I assumed the photo was of a dark sunset. But when I looked to read the commen...
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Why I keep kosher

KASHRUT. It’s objective. Laid out. With boundaries. Defined spaces. Places you enter. Or don’t. If you define the spaces and places your own way, you do not enter. Do not get to the sanctification. On its face, sanctification is restrictive. Limiting. Dismissive of human struggle, human initiative, human achievement. On its face, sanctification is narrow.

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 March 2015 09:13 )

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JTA News

Half of Birthright applicants flunked this Israel test – can you do better?

Gabe Friedman To test your own knowledge, try JTA’s interactive quiz made up of 15 of the study’s questions. ... [Link]

The ‘Jewish refugee’ who was a Nazi, and other illuminating facts

Ron Kampeas The United States grappled with how to deal with a refugee crisis, and folks complained that they would harbor hostile infiltrators. Five facts about Jewish refugees hoping for U.S. entry in the 1930s... [Link]

United Arab Emirates: Israel mission not sign of changed relations

Julie Wiener Israel is the only member of the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Association to have a separate mission accredited to the association. ... [Link]

Border Police officer wounded in Nahariya stabbing; 43 Palestinians said hurt in skirmishes

Julie Wiener After stabbing the 37-year-old officer twice in the back near the Nahariya central bus station Friday night, the assailant fled the scene ... [Link]

From ‘Amy Winehouse sound’ creators, a funky Hanukkah anthem

Gabe Friedman Retro band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kicks off its new holiday album with “8 Days of Hanukkah” — an upbeat marriage of catchy soul music and Jewish cultural references. ... [Link]

Alan Gross: Memory of Holocaust survivor relatives got me through Cuban prison

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Alan Gross, the American Jewish government contractor who spent five years in Cuban prison, said thinking of his family members who survived the Holocaust was one of three things that helped... [Link]

8 of the coolest menorahs for this Hanukkah season

Gabe Friedman Another Hanukkah season means another chance to impress with a creative menorah choice. ... [Link]

Report: Senior Israeli officials fear PA collapse

Ben Harris The diplomatic-security cabinet held lengthy discussions about the possibility of a PA collapse Wednesday and Thursday, Haaretz reported, citing three sources who either attended the meetings or were ... [Link]

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