Intermountain Jewish News

Dec 01st


Black Friday

Black Friday.

Originally called that because of the traffic jams and tempers and even violence that it caused.

Now, who knows. Maybe because it puts the retailers in the black?

But if color is connected to conditions of a crazy day, how long, exactly, did the previous day’s condition of gratitude continue?

More generally, if behavior and mood are colored by days of the week, how should we understand the flow of the color chart?


Stockholm response to stabbings in Israel: 'They're wrong, even though you're frustrated'

Cut the emotions. Look at the record. Palestinian leadership, not Israel, has dashed Palestinian hopes. Palestinian stabbings do not even have a perverted basis in reality. Talk about the Stockholm syndrome — buying into the mentality of the terrorist. There is no better example than this widespread response to lethal Palestinian stabbings of Israeli civilians: “It doesn’t matter if you’re frustrated by settlements, humiliated at checkpoints, no closer to your own state than at the be...

Naming the enemy is essential to destroying it

I. Religion Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the ugliest of them all? Not “terrorism.” Not “violent extremism.” Not ISIS. Not al-Qaida.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 November 2015 15:52 )


A world in turmoil

‘ . . . there is no adequate answer to the question of the frailty of culture. We can construe all kinds of post facto insight into the lack of correlation between literacy and politics, between the inheritance of Weimar and the reality of Buchenwald not many kilometers away. But diagnosis after the event is, at best, a shallow and partial comprehension. So as far as I can see, much of the harrowing puzzle remains.’ — George Steiner, In Bluebeard’s Castle Palestinians, empty of mind, d...

Kristallnacht observance in Sweden: Jews not invited

The Jewish community of Sweden was not invited to the annual anti-Nazi event commemorating Kristallnacht last week in Umea, Sweden. According to the Swedish newspaper Norrkopings Tidnigar, organizers of “Umea against Nazism” advised Jews to stay away out of security concerns. At past commemorations, strident anti-Semitic and anti-Israel protests raged in Umea, the biggest city in Norrland and 12th largest in the country. But the stated reasons for Jewish exclusion, officially intended to ke...
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Mark Zuckerberg pledges to donate $45B in Facebook shares over lifetime

Gabe Friedman Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, said in a Facebook post announcing the birth of their daughter that they will give away 99 percent of their shares. ... [Link]

4 Israeli reactions to the Russia-Turkey fallout

Ron Kampeas With erstwhile allies Russia and Turkey quarreling, any Israeli schadenfreude is likely tempered by other emotions. ... [Link]

95-year-old Auschwitz paramedic ruled fit to stand trial

Julie Wiener A German higher court overruled a lower court decision that Hubert Z., who is accused of being an accessory in the murder of at least 3,681 people at the Nazi camp, was too frail for trial. ... [Link]

Israeli army to open draft to HIV-positive people

Ben Sales In an announcement timed to World AIDS Day, the IDF said treatment advances and the low risk of contagion led to the policy change for non-combat positions. ... [Link]

Reese Witherspoon producing film on Barbie’s Jewish creator

Julie Wiener The film is an adaptation of a 2010 book about Ruth Handler, who co-founded Mattel and developed its best-selling Barbie doll. ... [Link]

Judaica store manager assaulted outside Manhattan shop

Julie Wiener An African-American man who claimed to be Muslim reportedly struck the West Side Judaica employee in the face while yelling “F*** the Jews.” ... [Link]

With Israeli-EU relations strained, Netanyahu looks toward Asia

Ben Sales The prime minister’s warm embrace of his counterpart in India reflects a warming between Israel and Asia’s most powerful countries. ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Israel, a ‘green’ pioneer, is now falling short

Gabrielle Birkner As part of the Jewish state’s delegation at the Paris climate conference, I want to wave the flag of the ‘start-up nation.’ But as a Jew, I know Israel is lagging, writes a solar energy activist... [Link]

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