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In the presence of a legend

WITH rockets flying overhead, I spent one day traveling the South of Israel meeting organic farmers, ‘kibbutzniks’ living at the border of Israel and Gaza, residents of Sderot, the MDA (Israel’s Red Cross) of Ashdod and an IDF representative. Never before have I felt more inspired and proud to be Jewish. Never before have the “amcha” of Israel — the people who make up the fabric of this society — touched me so deeply.

This week, I will share a glimpse into only just one of those meetings. It lasted all of 10 or 15 minutes.

This summer’s war, Operation Protective Edge, got off to a controversial and tense start. I am not referring to a political atmosphere, rather to a journalistic one. At the beginning of the war Gideon Levy of Ha’aretz, in very poor judgment, penned a distasteful column, encouraging (in a time of war, no less, when soldiers were putting themselves in harm’s way in service of their country) the Israel Air Force (IAF) to disobey military orders and not bomb Gaza.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:11 )

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Liberal Lens

Journalists on the government’s blacklist

As states move to hide details of government deals with Wall Street, and as politicians come up with new arguments to defend secrecy, a study released earlier this month revealed that many government information officers block specific journalists they don’t like from accessing information. The news comes as 47 federal inspectors general sent a letter to lawmakers criticizing “serious limitations on access to records” that they say have “impeded” their oversight work. The data about ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:08 )

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View From Denver

The late Mrs. Lila Silberstein

I pen this with tears. I have never been one to “celebrate the life.” Death is death. Deep loss. Never to be replaced. Perhaps the sharpest stabs come from the pictures seemingly on every available surface in the apartment of my late mother-in-law, Mrs. Lila Silberstein, about whom I received the call at about 4:30 a.m., Aug. 19, “it’s all over.” These pictures are all doubled, so to speak, pictures of who is there, silently hiding the pictures of who isn’t there. Pictures of child...
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View from Central Park

After the cease-fire...the wounded

IT could have been a college dorm. After all, all the young guys and girls were around age 19-22. The doors and hallways were decked mostly, but not only, in yellow flags with symbols. Some swaths of fabric hanging on the doors or in the rooms were green, with a different symbol. Clearly certain “teams” were proudly being cheered for. The only thing is, this wasn’t a college dorm, and the teams were military units. It was a floor at Tel Hashomer hospital with some of the wounded from Isra...
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Conservative Lens

On losing a parent

My father, Max Prager, died last week. Here are some thoughts on the death of a parent. 1. Longevity Parents who live long are very lucky. Not only for their longevity, and not only because they get to see their children grow into adulthood, and not only because they may see grandchildren, but for all those extra years to reconcile with their children. Had my father died when I was a teenager, we would not have had the decades since then to get closer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 06:22 )

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Obama: I criticize Israel because I care about Israel

Ron Kampeas Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience. ... [Link]

Dutch restaurant says it erased Israel from map for culinary reasons

Cnaan Liphshiz The owners of Rotterdam’s Le Souq say they replaced Israel with ‘Palestine’ on a map because of their passion for Palestinian food. ... [Link]

How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

Uriel Heilman Shalom Lamm is developing a playbook for setting up an American shtetl. The problem is some of his new neighbors in Bloomingburg claim he used bribery, fraud and corruption of public officials to do s... [Link]

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