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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

Hagel, meeting with Yaalon, reaffirms U.S.-Israel defense relationship

Marcy Oster U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the United States’ “deep commitment” to Israel’s security, and the importance of the U.S.-Israel defense relationship during a ... [Link]

Delta flight reportedly delayed after haredim refuse to set next to opposite sex

Marcy Oster A Delta Airlines flight to Israel was delayed after haredi Orthodox men and women deplaned rather than sit next to members of the opposite sex. ... [Link]

NBC photographer with Jewish roots recovers from Ebola

Marcy Oster The NBC photographer with a biological Jewish father who was diagnosed with Ebola is free of the virus. ... [Link]

Iran claims to arrest spies near nuclear plant

Anthony Weiss Iran has arrested several suspected foreign spies in the southern province of Bushehr, home to the country’s first nuclear power plant. ... [Link]

Israeli soldiers injured in attack launched from Egypt

Marcy Oster Israeli troops came under fire on the border with Egypt, according to reports. ... [Link]

British youth soccer player charged for anti-Semitic taunts

Marcy Oster A player in a British youth soccer league who allegedly heaped a Jewish team with anti-Semitic abuse was charged with “discrimination on the grounds of religion” by the Football Association. ... [Link]

Ban says U.N. will investigate weaponry in its Gaza agencies

Marcy Oster United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said an independent Board of Inquiry will look into the cases of U.N. agencies hit by artillery during the Gaza conflict, as well as instances in which wea... [Link]

French Jewish leader indicted for calling Dieudonne ‘professional anti-Semite’

Cnaan Liphshiz Roger Cukierman, president of France’s largest Jewish group, was indicted for calling the comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’Bala a “professional anti-Semite.” ... [Link]

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