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The meaning of American independence

Who is July 4 really about? The Founding Fathers? The warriors? The heroes?

When it comes to the Fourth of July — as with most other national holidays — all of the clichés have long been spoken.

It’s about more than beer, barbecues and baseball, more than fireworks, more than hanging Old Glory from the porch or bandstand.

It’s even more than taking a moment from our busy and colorful celebrations to think about the courage and vision of those Founding Fathers who, on a sultry summer day in Philadelphia in 1776, dared to stare a mighty and oppressive empire full in the face and, without blinking, defy it.

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Triple murder: A game changer

Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Hamas. The difference, anyone? How much history was changed by three names: Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman. Alas, add three more names to the list of dead heroes, with the short-term prospect of more violence and the long-term prospect of a decline in racism. Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman — three idealists, three young men — were murdered during “Freedom Summer” in the American south 50 years ago. These young men were fighting for voter r...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:58 )

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Lubavitcher Rebbe 20 years later

His movement has only grown his readers have only increased, and the Messianic talk has died down When the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, died 20 years ago, many doubted whether his movement could survive, while others touted his survival as the Messiah. For the good of the Rebbe’s legacy and for the good of the Jewish people as a whole, not to mention the countless number of Jews who have benefitted from the hospitality and outreach of his emissaries, both were proven wrong....
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Kidnapped teens and the State Department

Restraint? The State Dept. urges restraint in the search for the kidnapped Israeli teens? Sometimes we think that there is a boilerplate button at the State Department that is automatically pushed when the subject of Israeli self-defense comes up. Israel’s search for kidnapped citizens is an act of self-defense. Greeting it is the latest cut-and-paste quote from the diplomatic center of this country, urging “all parties to exercise restraint and avoid steps that could destabilize the situat...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:20 )

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Look who’s in Israel from Denver today

If you’re missing a familiar face this week in shul or at the grocery store, there’s a good chance that your acquaintance may be in Israel this week having the time of his or her life. Right now, as you read this, three diverse groups of Coloradans are in Israel: • Israel Study Tour took 71 high school rising seniors to Israel on June 8 for five weeks of touring, learning, socializing and trying their hands at things like kibbutz and army work.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:27 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Recognize Yom Kippur as official holiday, 32 countries tell UN

Marcy Oster Some 32 countries wrote a letter to a committee of the United Nations General Assembly in support of Israel’s bid to have the international body recognize Yom Kippur as an official holiday. ... [Link]

Netanyahu: All Gaza tunnels will be destroyed with or without cease-fire

Marcy Oster Israel will destroy all of the tunnels that lead from Gaza to southern Israel, with or without a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. ... [Link]

French JDL leader: Reports of ban on group are rumors

Cnaan Liphshiz A leader of France’s Jewish Defense League dismissed as rumors reports that officials were considering banning his far-right group. ... [Link]

Belgian doctor refuses to treat Jewish woman citing Gaza conflict

Cnaan Liphshiz A Belgian physician who refused to treat a Jewish woman with a fractured rib suggested she visit Gaza to get rid of the pain. ... [Link]

Amsterdam apartment flying Israeli flag targeted with firebomb

Cnaan Liphshiz A Jewish woman who displayed an Israeli flag from her balcony in Amsterdam was targeted with a firebomb and death threats. ... [Link]

Jewish groups file briefs in Jerusalem passport case

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — A number of Jewish groups have filed friend of the court briefs in a Supreme Court case considering whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” as their birthpla... [Link]

Weinberg Foundation awards emergency grants for Israel

Anthony Weiss One of the largest Jewish foundations in the United States awarded$700,000 in emergency grants to Israeli nonprofits to assist in their response to the recent conflict with Hamas in Gaza. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hamas’ hospital HQ, Virginia pol’s ulpan, understanding metzitzah b’peh

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

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