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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 honored not just for his numbers: his .316 lifetime batting average, his sterling fielding and many other club records. He was honored for two other things.

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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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Israeli soldiers died for...Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, UAE

Israel is the short-term target of Islamic extremism. The long term-targets are stable Arab states, grateful beyond belief to Israel for doing their dirty work. Did you notice how all of the customary, acid criticism of Israel from Arab states suddenly dried up when Israel hammered Hamas? The headlines scream in The New York Times and elsewhere about how terrible it is that Israel’s bombs or shrapnel have killed innocent civilians in or near schools in Gaza. It is terrible. The loss of li...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 00:00 )

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Only 12 Jews left in Egypt, community leader says

Marcy Oster Only 12 Jews remain in Egypt, the remnant of a community of some 100,000 that lived there until the 1950s, the community’s leader said. ... [Link]

Israel approves $300 million grant to Intel

Marcy Oster Israel’s economic and finance ministries approved a five-year grant of $300 million to Intel Corp. ... [Link]

At ‘Klinghoffer’ opera protest, Met guests meet angry Jews

Raffi Wineburg Hundreds of uninvited guests turned up on opening night at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to voice their discontent about the planned production “The Death of Klinghoffer.” ... [Link]

France’s National Front gaining among Jews with tough stance on Arab anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz The party long shunned by French Jewry more than doubled its share of the Jewish vote in the 2012 presidential elections, a recent study found. ... [Link]

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