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Love Your Brain

Going in to watch “Crash Reel,” I hadn’t known a thing about it. As the documentary by Lucy Walker, starring Kevin Pearce, a one time Olympian hopeful raised on the hills of Vermont, began, there was a lot of rustling going on in the room. With popcorn bags and warm cookies offered to the audience, there was the sound of munching and crackling bags as the beginning of the movie started by showing Youtube style clips. Until suddenly the room turned silent. You could hear a pin drop.

The moment the film concluded, spontaneously and synchronistically the entire room was on its toes, a sustained and heartfelt applause for Keven and Adam Pearce, who wre present at the showing.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:40 )

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Reflections

My grandmother’s candlesticks

I ENTERED the classroom of 32 seventh graders at the worst time imaginable — seventh period on a Friday afternoon, the weekend before winter break. I knew the deck was stacked against me. I had been warned by the very enthusiastic teacher who asked me to read my short story as part of her unit on ethnic literature, that this class was a “rowdy” group. I came prepared with two grocery bags, one filled with boxes of donuts and soda and the other with my copy of Chicken Soup for the Jewish S...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:05 )

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View From Denver

Flight of the alone to the Alone

Flight of the alone to the AloneWHAT is prayer? It is the defeat of the illusion of human community. For the human condition, as the Greek philosopher Plotinus said, is the flight of the alone to the Alone. Prayer is the periodic hopscotch to the ultimate loneliness, and the ultimate union. Prayer prefigures the conclusion of life and animates the path of life. Prayer is paradox, for we pray from out of our inescapable existential aloneness in order to transcend it. We pray for everything that connects us. For children. For...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 00:05 )

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Where is G-d?

Where is G-d?WHERE is G-d? The Kotzker Rebbe answered, “wherever you let Him in.” It’s a poignant response, but it really answers a different question, “where is G-dliness?” “Where is G-d” is a philosophical question with a poetic and profound answer in Rashi, based on a phrase in this week’s Torah portion. Due to its pithiness and poetry, this is my favorite Rashi in the Torah. Exodus 33:21-23 reads: “ . . . Behold! there is a place near Me; you [Moses] may stand on the rock. When My gl...
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View from Central Park

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...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

U.S., Israeli security advisers pledge ‘coordination’ on Iran talks

Ron Kampeas The United States and Israel will maintain “unprecedented coordination” as nuclear talks go forward with Iran, the White House said after a summit of the two nation’s security advisers. ... [Link]

U.S. officials banned from Old City on Friday

Ron Kampeas U.S. government officials are banned from entering Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday. ... [Link]

Haaretz stands by its explosive Bibi cartoon

Julie Wiener Haaretz, often described as Israel’s New York Times, didn’t do itself any favors Thursday when it published a cartoon featuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flying a plane into the World Trad... [Link]

Peruvians arrest alleged Hezbollah operative

Ron Kampeas Israeli media reported that he allegedly was planning an attack on Jewish targets in Peru. ... [Link]

Top U.N. official urges Security Council to address Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Ron Kampeas His remarks could signal a readiness by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to champion a Palestinian bid for statehood in the wake of collapsed peace talks. ... [Link]

Kerry: Netanyahu slur is ‘disgraceful’

Ron Kampeas The secretary of state said the derogatory reference by an anonymous White House staffer is damaging and does not reflect the president or himself. ... [Link]

Temple Mount to reopen, but with restrictions

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration called on Israel to reopen the area to Muslim worshippers after it was closed in the wake of an assassination attempt on a Jewish activist. ... [Link]

Nathaniel Melnitsky gets real-world medical training in Guatemala

Raffi Wineburg The Florida teenager not only helped set up a clinic for poor people in Guatemala, he even gave eye exams and ran some tests like an EKG. ... [Link]

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