Intermountain Jewish News

Apr 25th


Egypt and Jordan answer ISIS

Jordan doesn’t waste time. Jordan knows an enemy when it sees one. ISIS burned to death one of Jordan’s pilots. Jordan retaliated at once. Egypt doesn’t waste time. Egypt knows an enemy when it sees one. ISIS beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians. Egypt did more than retaliate. It did that, but it also announced that it was forming an effort to destroy ISIS, at least next door in Libya.


Netanyahu before Congress: The last chance to limit nuclear Iran and nuclear proliferation

We are very sympathetic to critics of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to appear before Congress March 3, two weeks before Israel’s election and a few weeks before the deadline for the conclusion of the US-Iran nuclear negotiations. The downsides are many: • Netanyahu appears to be a Republican partisan, endangering the critical bipartisan American support of Israel. • Netanyahu appears to be exploiting his good relations with the US Congress for domestic political ...

Martin Gilbert, 1937-2015

An historian’s historian, Martin Gilbert included the individual voice and brought history even to those unwilling or unable to read it. As was once observed of the late Harry Austryn Wolfson, the historian of philosophy, so it may be observed of Martin Gilbert, the British historian who died last week: He was a committee.

Chris Christie, Mr. Panderer

New Jersey’s governor wants to give parents the ‘choice’ whether to vaccinate. Kick science, win votes — some campaign platform. Apparently, the eradication of disease is a bad thing, according to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. It would be great to go back to the days of mass measles outbreaks, for example. But if one has the choice to vaccinate against measles, then why not extend that choice to all vaccines? Let the diseases return!

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 February 2015 09:30 )


Genesis Prize, unformed and void

The choices for the $1 million Genesis Prize recalls Genesis 1:2: “The earth was unformed and void, tohu va-vohu . . . ” — the landscape of the Genesis Prize? Or are the administrators of the $1 million prize arrogant enough to believe that their recipients take after Genesis 1:3 and are the ones who, like G-d, “create light” and perpetuate the Jewish people? Arrogance because it turns out that, according to the Genesis Prize, the most inspiring Jews are those with celebrity status....
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Op-Ed: A century after mass murder of Armenians, threat of genocide remains

Ben Harris Despite the moral outrage that accompanied the killing of Armenians 100 years ago, it wasn’t until the Holocaust that genocide was codified as a crime in international law, philanthropist Tad Ta... [Link]

Senior Russian rabbi: Putin ouster would endanger Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz Alexander Boroda’s defense of the Russian strongman dismissed by Jewish pro-democracy activist seeking ‘honest government.’ ... [Link]

U.S. court tosses Palestinian complaint against charities that support West Bank settlers

Gabe Friedman The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York threw out an appeal from a group of 13 Palestinians who sought damages for alleged “terrorist attacks” by Israeli West Bank settlers. ... [Link]

Key congressional committees approve anti-BDS amendments

Ron Kampeas Key congressional committees approved amendments to a major trade act that would require U.S. negotiators to discourage trading partners from boycotting Israel or settlements in the West Bank. ... [Link]

U.S. drone strike killed al-Qaida member with Jewish lineage

Gabe Friedman Adam Yahiya Gadahn, one of the two American al-Qaida members killed in the U.S. drone strikes disclosed Thursday by the White House, was himself of Jewish ancestry. ... [Link]

Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion

Gabe Friedman For the first time, prominent rabbis and renowned mental health researchers engaged in a public discussion about homosexuality and Orthodoxy. ... [Link]

Israeli filmmaker wins top honor at Buenos Aires festival

Julie Wiener Nadav Lapid was named Best Director for his film “The Kindergarten Teacher.” ... [Link]

From the Archive: First rumblings in the battle for pluralism at the Western Wall

Julie Wiener Conflicts over prayer at the holy site began almost as soon as Israel’s Six-Day War victory made the area accessible to Jews. ... [Link]

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