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Oct 09th


Sandy Koufax’s proud statement

Sandy Koufax, the lefty Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher, was an exceptional athlete. He was a four-time World Series champion. He was a National League MVP. He was an All-Star for six seasons. He was the youngest three-time Cy Young winner, and the youngest player ever inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Like all exceptional athletes, Koufax is remembered, discussed and revered long after his professional retirement. But unlike other exceptional athletes, Sandy Koufax is not only a figure for the ages — a pivotal character for generations of baseball fanatics past and present. For many Jews, Sandy Koufax is just as relevant today as he was 50 years ago, at the height of his career.

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 September 2015 09:15 )


IJN staff prays, 5776

IJN staff prays, 5776 ROSH HASHANAH EDITIONSECTION D PAGE 20 Shana Goldberg: At this time last year I was preparing to move overseas, not an easy undertaking! Mountains of paperwork and bureaucracy kept the departure date uncertain, so Rosh Hashanah was not the peaceful holiday it should have been. This year, I am not moving overseas — but all of my worldly belongings are. Our furniture shipment is scheduled to arrive between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (how’s that for timing?), so once again there is a sense...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 September 2015 15:35 )


What, only Thomas Jefferson?

Why are some things, somewhere, right, and those same things in other places, wrong? Starting in the 1960s with the campaign for nuclear disarmament, environmental activists  have fought for an end to nuclear power. Proponents of nuclear energy said it was sustainable (and cheaper than the alternatives), but after the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan a reexamination took place. Countries that had supported nuclear energy began having doubts. At the same time, the push for renew...

With friends like these...

British Jews are worried. The front-runner for the leadership of the country’s Labour Party, the country’s largest in terms of membership and second largest in Parliament, has been linked to Holocaust deniers and anti-Israel terrorist organizations, among them Hamas and Hezbollah. On Aug. 12, the UK’s Jewish Chronicle posed a series of questions to Jeremy Corbyn, the potential leader in question. It took over a week for Corbyn’s office to respond, and many of the answers were unsatisfac...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 September 2015 12:22 )


Strings of gold

Itzhak Perlman, whose violin struts and sings, shares more than perfect notes and unrivaled technique. He transfixes and enraptures with an emotional intensity that brings tears to our eyes and a twinkle to his. We express our praise in shouts of applause and bravos; our gratitude resonates loudest in our hearts. Perlman, who celebrated his 70th birthday on Aug. 31, was born in 1945 in Tel Aviv. He contracted polio and lost the use of his legs at age four. Not long after this physical insult h...
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