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Mazel tov on 10 years of Judaism in Douglas County

When the northern Douglas County suburb of Highlands Ranch was established just over three decades ago, it grew like wildfire. Before we knew it, this masterplan community had an elaborate system of neighborhoods, schools, businesses, a hospital — nearly every amenity a community could want.

Among those flocking to Highlands Ranch were Jews — a lot of Jews, mostly unaffiliated. The organized Jewish community in Denver tried to reach these hundreds of unaffiliated Jewish families, with little success. Then, in 2004, along came Rabbi Avraham and Hindy Mintz, a young Chabad couple with the idea of starting a Jewish center in northern Douglas County.

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Todd Helton, a worthy role model

We’ll just have to forget for the moment that the Colorado Rockies have become the laughingstock of the Major Leagues, what with their league-wide worst record and wildly incompetent owners and front office. Actually, it will be nice to forget — in order to remember Todd Helton. He became the first Rocky to have his number (17) retired at a touching ceremony at Coors Field this week. This is perhaps the only good thing the Rockies’ owners have done in the past number of years. Helton was ...
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It used to be Christian children at Passover; now it’s Muslim children in Gaza

The religion that taught the world to prohibit murder was absurdly accused of cold-blooded murder during the Middle Ages. Same holds true today. The most astonishing part of the medieval blood libel against the Jews — that they deliberately murdered Christian children in order to use their blood for baking matzah — was not the hatred. It was the absurdity. The Torah prohibits murder. The Torah prohibits the consumption of blood. The Torah disqualifies matzah if it is made of anything b...
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Robin Williams, the honorary Jew

We’re still learning more about the extraordinary comic and brilliant actor Robin Williams, who, alas, killed himself at age 63. Recently, many of us discovered that he was considered an honorary Jew, so to speak. It’s not just that he could effortlessly drop Yiddishisms or perfectly articulate the accent of an elderly Eastern European Jewish man, or that he had countless close friends and colleagues who were members of the tribe. His affection and support for Judaism ran deeper.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 14 August 2014 02:24 )

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Yazidi. Let it not be another genocide.

The US is doing the right thing in trying to stop the brutal mass murder of the Yazidi by ISIL. The ‘take-home’ message is that ISIL is far from alone. The past week in ever-bloody Iraq has given us — to use a popular catch-phrase — a number of teachable moments. On the most basic level, we have learned something of the Yazidi, an obscure population whom, it’s safe to say, very few Westerners knew anything about until very recently. Descended from the Kurdish people with a religi...
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Jordanian report: Netanyahu, Abbas met secretly in Amman

Marcy Oster Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met secretly in Amman days before the current cease-fire with Gaza, a Jordanian daily reported. ... [Link]

New Birthright program opened for Hebrew-speakers in U.S.

Marcy Oster Birthright Israel and the Israeli-American Council will offer a new Birthright program track for Israeli-American young adults called IAC Shelanu. ... [Link]

PA calls for countries to investigate citizens who serve in IDF for war crimes

Marcy Oster Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki called on foreign governments whose citizens serve in the Israel Defense Forces to investigate them for war crimes in Gaza. ... [Link]

Cleveland State University signs agreement with University of Haifa

Marcy Oster Cleveland State University and Israel’s University of Haifa have signed a memorandum of understanding to formalize their collaborative relationship. ... [Link]

Israeli company ReWalk to make public offering

Marcy Oster The Israeli company ReWalk Robotics will sell public shares for the first time for a device that enables people with spinal cord injuries to stand and walk. ... [Link]

Arab-Israeli killer in Michigan prison seeking deportation to Israel

Marcy Oster An Arab-Israeli immigrant to the United States who is serving a life sentence for murder has sued the U.S. government in a bid to be deported to Israel. ... [Link]

Israeli civilian injured by Syrian mortar on Golan Heights

Marcy Oster An Israeli man was wounded when a mortar shell fired from Syria struck Israel’s Golan Heights. ... [Link]

Netanyahu: Hamas ‘begged’ for cease-fire

Marcy Oster Hamas did not achieve any of its demands in the wake of Israel’s operation in Gaza and “begged” for a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. ... [Link]

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