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Big Brother is watching the police, who’s next?

Let the message go forth from this time and place, police in America are no longer trusted, and no longer trustworthy. They need to be watched, literally, every moment they are on duty. Big Brother, in the form of tiny but effective cameras, must watch, literally, their every interaction with the public.

Item: Charles Kondek, 45, a 17-year veteran of the Tarpon Springs, Florida police department, was shot and killed Dec. 21 by a fugitive trying to evade a warrant. Marco Antonio Parilla, Jr., 23, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder. The dead policeman previously served on the New York City Police Dept. for five years.

Police are not perfect, their errors must be discovered and must be either corrected or punished, depending on their severity. But the Big Brother camera makes two assumptions:

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Chanukah is not a ‘minor’ holiday

In the context of the winter season, or of the “December dilemma,” Jews often say that Chanukah is a “minor” holiday. Apparently, the characterization is meant to stand in contrast to the “major” holiday of Christmas. Chanukah marks the triumph of loyal Jews over those who assimilated into ancient Greek culture. What’s minor about that? Chanukah marks the miraculous continuation of the service in the ancient Holy Temple in Jerusalem — the discovery of one day’s worth of ritua...
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Palestinians forsake negotiations

Jordan, on behalf of the Palestinians, was scheduled to submit a resolution to the UN calling for the complete withdrawal of Israel from the West Bank by 2016. Whether the resolution will pass was, as of press time, uncertain; and,  if it passed, whether the US would veto it, was also uncertain. Our guess is that the US would veto it because it would not achieve Palestinian statehood via negotiations, which the US favors. Rightly so. Unilateral statehood, or statehood via resolution, would mer...
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Talking to ourselves

With Taliban ‘militants’ who shoot children in the head, one by one, there is no common humanity, no common language Just when one thought that the last word on depravity and inhumanity was in, along come Taliban “militants” who kill children, one by one, in a “revenge” attack. Note the logic, if you can call it that: The government of Pakistan fights the Taliban, and in response the Taliban murders children. It’s the same “logic” that has Palestinians murder rabbis in the sy...
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Gil Marks, 1952-2014

There’s no denying that enthusiasm for Jewish cookery has experienced a veritable explosion over the past decade or so. This mirrors an increased interest in food among the general public, whether due to the advent of television cooking shows, progressively slick and attractive cookbooks, the popularity of food blogs or a general concern about health and well-being. Ironically, the proliferation of celebrity chefs and cookbooks has not led to a parallel rise in people cooking at home. It’s...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Italian Jewish leader detained after Auschwitz visit

Ben Sales Left alone on the camp’s grounds, the men attempted to leave Auschwitz at midnight via a side exit. ... [Link]

Sheldon Silver to step down as NY State Assembly speaker

Ben Sales Silver was arrested last week for allegedly receiving payments from a law firm without properly disclosing them. ... [Link]

IDF soldiers wounded as Hezbolllah hits Israeli tank

Ben Sales The IDF responded with stikes on southern Lebanon that killed a Spanish peacekeeping soldier. ... [Link]

Democrats in Senate delay backing sanctions until March 24

Ron Kampeas Ten Senate Democrats told President Barack Obama they would not push for an Iran sanctions vote until after a midway deadline in Iran talks. ... [Link]

What Jewish ethics tell us about ‘Deflategate’

mbrodsky Rabbi ethicists offer some insights into the national controversy over the Patriots’ victory that sent them to the Super Bowl. ... [Link]

David Landau, Haaretz editor and JTA’s longtime Israel bureau chief, dies at 67

Julie Wiener The British-born Israeli journalist, who died of brain cancer at 67, held top positions at several English-language publications. ... [Link]

Ariel Kleiman back at Sundance with feature debut, a dark drama

Anthony Weiss “Partisan,” co-written with longtime collaborator and girlfriend Sarah Cyngler, is the story of a paranoid man who walls himself off from the wider world. ... [Link]

Hollande tells French Jews ‘France is your country’

Gabe Friedman The French president’s remark follows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for French Jews to emigrate to Israel in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. ... [Link]

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