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Reefer sanity takes hold in Colorado

Seven years before legal marijuana went on sale this month in my home state of Colorado, the drug warriors in President George W. Bush’s administration released an advertisement that is now worth revisiting.

“I smoked weed and nobody died,” intoned the teenage narrator. “I didn’t get into a car accident. I didn’t O.D. on heroin the next day. Nothing happened.”

The television spot from the White House drug czar was intended to discourage marijuana use by depicting it as boring.

But in the process, the government suggested that smoking a little pot is literally, in the words of the narrator, “the safest thing in the world.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 12:13 )

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Conservative Lens

America, ‘greatest threat to peace’?

LAST week the International Business Times reported:?“In their annual End of Year poll, researchers for WIN and Gallup International surveyed more than 66,000 people across 65 nations and found that 24% of all respondents answered that the US ‘is the greatest threat to peace in the world today.’Pakistan and China fell significantly behind the US on the poll, with 8 and 6%, respectively. Afghanistan, Iran, Israel and North Korea all tied for fourth place with 4%.” For those of us who bel...
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View From Denver

Crossing the Red Sea — 46 years ago

Crossing the Red Sea — 46 years agoAPPROXIMATELY 46 years ago, when I was a student at Yeshiva University, I sat for an exam with Rabbi Mendel Zaks. On one level, the scene was surrealistic, perhaps even absurd. Sitting behind the desk was this wizened, elderly, European sage, whose countenance bespoke deep wisdom and a natural, embracing, soothing kindness. In the front of the table was a young man — me — born and raised in the American West, far removed from the world of Rabbi Zaks and incapable of fathoming the extent o...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 January 2014 02:13 )

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View From Denver

Why is rosh chodesh the first mitzvah?

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg’s Torah column is this week written by guest columnist Chaim M. Goldberg, a sophomore at Yeshiva University. IN this week’s Torah portion, “Bo,” the ancient Israelites are given their first mitzvah as a nation, that of rosh chodesh, the determination of the new month (three mitzvot were given to individuals in the book of Genesis). The date of the new month is not merely looked up on a calendar; it is determined through human initiative, as two witnesses must test...
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View from Central Park

Quiet revolutions

The anxiety over the issue of the haredi draft in Israel is increasing. Last week in New York City there was a protest by some chasidic groups against the State of Israel and the draft. Some photos showed signs being carried with the slogan, “anti-Semitism.” To me, Jews publicly protesting Israeli policy in the US is simply anathema. Be it JStreeters on the liberal left or extremist chasidim on the right. I will never understand it. We are talking about the State of Israel. Our Israel....
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An artist reclaims Jewish sites in Kosovo

Ron Kampeas In a performance attended by Kosovo’s president, artist Elana Katz scatters powder around a ‘forgotten Jewish past.’ ... [Link]

Polish Jews split over plan to exhume massacre victims

Cnaan Liphshiz A planned Polish investigation of the 1941 massacre in Wasosz is pitting the religious imperative of protecting the dignity of the dead against the desire for historic justice. ... [Link]

Leading Likudnik Gideon Saar stepping away from politics

Marcy Oster Interior Minister Gideon Saar, touted as the favorite to succeed Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s prime minister, said he will “take a break” from politics. ... [Link]

Lone soldiers’ parents being brought to Israel for holiday visits

Marcy Oster The parents of 77 lone soldiers in Israel who fought in the recent Gaza operation are being brought to Israel to spend the High Holidays with their children. ... [Link]

At 2014 U.N. General Assembly, ISIS likely to dominate discourse

Uriel Heilman Gadhafi and Chavez are gone, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be theatrics at this year’s U.N. General Assembly. ... [Link]

‘With Jews we lose,’ reads one Senate candidate’s slogan in Ky.

Uriel Heilman Robert Ransdell, a write-in candidate for U.S. Senate from Kentucky, is campaigning with the slogan “With Jews we lose.” ... [Link]

Joel Levy named president and CEO of Center for Jewish History

Marcy Oster Joel Levy is the new president and CEO of the Center for Jewish History in New York City. ... [Link]

Cool Bries: Trailblazing cheese whiz prepping special holiday fare

mbrodsky A self-dubbed “Cheese Guy” in suburban New York City has earned praise for his dairy creations. And he has something special planned for the High Holidays. ... [Link]

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