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TR, FDR and Eleanor

Documentary king Ken Burns has done it again. “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,”which just aired on PBS, strips away myths and exposes the facts surrounding this American dynasty. Actress Meryl Streep, who provides the voice of Eleanor Roosevelt, is astonishing, as is Paul Giamatti as Theodore.

Impeccably delivered, “The Roosevelts” is a comprehensive look at a family in constant struggle with its inner demons and a chaotic world. It matters little whether you agree with  their politics — only that you understand the urge.

Copyright © 2014 by the Intermountain Jewish News

 

The long term solution to Islamic terrorism is not another war

War against ISIS is vital. But after ISIS is defeated, another terror group will arise, unless Islam begins to address the long-term causes of Islamic terrorism. What is a religion of peace? Not one that says it stands for peace, but one that practices peace. Actions speak at least as loud as words. Was Christianity a religion of peace during the Inquisition, which lasted hundreds of years? It made no difference what Christianity said it was; it made a difference what it did. It murdered cou...

Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 September 2014 02:48 )

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The myth of Palestinian centrality is finally exploded

A subtle, unnoticed, yet crucial change has taken place since 2011, with the inception and collapse of the “Arab Spring.” Start, actually, with 2014 and the ISIS beheadings. No one, from the beheaders to the outraged citizens of the world, has linked ISIS to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. No one believes, or even considers, that if Israel and the Palestinians were at peace, ISIS and its dreams of a caliphate would not exist. A myth of some seven decades has finally bitten the dust....
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The IJN staff prays, 5775

The IJN staff prays, 5775Andrea Jacobs: I’ve composed a prayer of sorts on this page for 22 years. Every year it seems to get harder. I must dig deep, without ever anticipating the end. It’s an act of faith performed in the silence of my heart. For weeks a chasidic teaching attributed to Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa has whispered to me: “Everyone must have two pockets, with a note in each pocket so that he or she can reach into one or the other depending on the need. When feeling lowly and depressed, discour...

Last Updated ( Monday, 22 September 2014 09:31 )

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Crime and punishment in sports

Once again, the bad boys of professional sports have grabbed headlines. On Monday, we learned of the release of the incriminating surveillance tape showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching out his then-fiance (now wife) and dragging her out of an elevator. Despite an initial light punishment, Rice was cut from the Ravens and suspended indefinitely from the NFL. He shortly lost endorsements. That same day, Atlanta Hawks co-owner Bruce Levenson came forward with a racially insensi...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 01:03 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

From grandfather of baby terror victim, a tearful message

Ben Sales Chaya Zissel Braun was just 3 months old when a Palestinian man rammed his car into a crowd of people waiting for the Jerusalem light rail. ... [Link]

Israel’s Rivlin seeks to cure ‘disease’ of racism

Ben Sales The new president, the Likud party’s elder statesman, has been his country’s most vocal politician in recent history on issues of racial discrimination and violence. ... [Link]

U.S. makes some light rail stations off limits to gov’t staffers in Israel

Marcy Oster U.S. government personnel have been restricted from using Jerusalem Light Rail stations in parts of eastern Jerusalem for a month. ... [Link]

Moscow JCC renamed for JDC’s Ralph Goldman

Marcy Oster Salute is called a “fitting tribute” to a visionary Jewish leader who helped rebuild Jewish life in Russia. ... [Link]

Israel slams Latvian show celebrating Nazi’s life

Cnaan Liphshiz In criticizing “Cukurs, Herbert Cukurs,” the Foreign Ministry makes a rare comment about an artistic endeavor that is not about Israel. ... [Link]

Kit to check food for pork traces hits France

Julie Wiener Could do-it-yourself food tests ever replace kosher supervision? ... [Link]

After Twitter ruling, tech firms increasingly toe Europe’s line on hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz Facebook and YouTube have taken steps to remove hateful material from their sites — a result, experts say, of Twitter’s defeat in a French court last year. ... [Link]

Canadian Jewish institutions ramping up security following jihadist incidents

Julie Wiener Two soldiers have been killed in attacks, including one on the Parliament in the nation’s capital. ... [Link]

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