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Ben Bradlee

Ben Bradlee, executive editor of The Washington Post, 1968-1991, put his newspaper on the line to defend the freedom of the press. In 1971, over President Nixon’s objections, the Post published the scathing Pentagon Papers after winning permission from the Supreme Court. In 1972, Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward unraveled Watergate, which led to Nixon’s resignation. Bradlee waited until his reporters provided solid evidence — and then went for the jugular.

Bradlee died of Alzheimer’s on Oct. 21. He was 93. May his unbowed legacy of fair and ethical principles guide us for generations to come.

Copyright © 2014 by the Intermountain Jewish News

 

Pink Shabbat in Denver, Oct. 24-25

There are many women who struggle with breast cancer among us: a family member, a friend, a fellow congregant, a colleague, a neighbor. They had annual mammograms, never missed an appointment with their gynecologist and performed self-examinations. Still, one day they feel a lump. It’s cancer. Many more survive than used to. Others succumb. In this respect, Jews are no different from the general population. For Jewish women of Ashkenazi descent, however, inherited mutations in the BRCA1 and B...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 08:29 )

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Donors sick of giving to Gaza — they should be

Donors ante up another $5.4 billion for the reconstruction of Gaza — again. They’re tired of this. To stop it, pay attention to who starts the Gaza wars. In Cairo last Sunday donor countries pledged $5.4 billion to rebuild the Gaza Strip. They’re sick of this. They should be. Qatar forks over $1 billion. The US, another $212 million. UAE, $200 million. The EU, $568 million. Turkey, $200 million. Kuwait, $200 million. Greece, $1.35 million. Some 50 donors nations, all told. What a colo...
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Looking forward to JAAMM

“Jewish Authors, Artists, Movies and Music” — JAAMM — is the cultural celebration put on by the Mizel Arts and Culture Center at the Loup JCC. We’re looking forward to it. In 2007, the first year of the reincarnation of the Leah Cohen Festival of Books and Authors, 11 authors made presentations at eight events. This year, it’s 35 events with 16 authors, not to mention the concerts, the lectures and more. But it’s not the quantity. It’s the quality.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 09:04 )

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2000, 2008, 2014 have a lot in common

At the Camp David talks sponsored by President Bill Clinton in 2000, Israel under Ehud Barak offered Yasir Arafat a Palestinian state on the West Bank, with additional territory from Israel proper in exchange for Israeli settlements. Yasir Arafat refused. No Palestinian state. In 2008, in Israeli-Palestinian talks, Israel under Ehud Olmert offered Mahmoud Abbas a Palestinian state on the West Bank, plus the land swaps — and a capital in East Jerusalem, as well as sovereignty over the Temple...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

FBI investigating threat to Hasidic lawmaker in N.Y.

Marcy Oster Aron Wieder, the Hasidic majority leader of the Rockland County Legislature, was sent a photo showing his head pasted on the body of an ISIS beheading victim. ... [Link]

Leven Las Vegas: Adelson lieutenant Michael Leven striking out on his own

Anthony Weiss After six years as president and chief operations officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., Leven, 76, is leaving to devote himself to philanthropy. ... [Link]

Planeload of Ukrainian immigrants arrives in Israel

Marcy Oster Some 226 new immigrants from Ukraine, among then dozens of families fleeing fighting in eastern Ukraine, landed in Israel. ... [Link]

Group in Tel Aviv sets world record for dreidel spinning

Marcy Oster Former Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni was part of the group that spun 754 dreidels simultaneously for 10 seconds. ... [Link]

Syria claims it brought down Israeli drone

Marcy Oster Israel said it did not know of any unmanned aerial vehicles brought down in Syria. ... [Link]

Palestinian tries to stab Israeli soldier at central Israel checkpoint

Marcy Oster The Palestinian from Tul Karem was overpowered as he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a crossing near Netanya in central Israel ... [Link]

French motorist rams car into crowd for ‘children of Palestine’

Marcy Oster A French prosecutor said the driver had a longtime psychological disorder and the incident was not a terrorist attack. ... [Link]

Elie Wiesel to receive honorary doctorate from university in Krakow

Marcy Oster The university Senate of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow voted unanimously to honor the Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust memorist. ... [Link]

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