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Rabbi Israel Rosenfeld, 1928-2015

Memories of a living piece of history, of a unique holy soul, carry us forward.

Rabbi Israel Rosenfeld died 70 years, minus one day, from the date of his liberation from Auschwitz, about which he never ceased speaking. He wore his pain on his tattooed arm and on his sleeve; he never got over the fact that he had gone through so much with his father in Auschwitz, only to see him sent to his death near Birkenau just before the end of the war. The Holocaust haunted Rabbi Rosenfeld. He cried easily. He did not hide his emotions or his thoughts, did not keep them bottled up inside. Just the opposite.

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Eugene Weisberg, 1919-2015

Old age, no doubt a blessing, also runs a risk, amply illustrated by Gene Weisberg, who died last week at the age of 95. The risk is that few will remember you within the context in which you distinguished yourself. In the case of Gene Weisberg, the risk is doubled in that part of his greatness was the way he sustained the business and the charitable works of his father-in-law, Henry Frankel — who deserves to be remembered in his own right, not just through the lens of his son-in-law.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:48 )

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Europe’s porous borders abet terrorism

The idea of a united Europe, embodied in the European Union, is noble. The idea of a borderless Europe is dangerous. A classic case of the law of unintended consequences: Blur the borders of Europe in order to eliminate the relentless wars among its nation states, and end up with terrorists easily slipping across those borders with their lethal weapons. From Caesar to Charlemagne to the founders of the League of Nations, the idea was to eliminate the causes of frequent, bloody national confli...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:00 )

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Imams denounce terrorism . . . with caveats

That many imams and Islamic leaders around the world embrace terrorism is not news. Dog bites man. That some imams around the world denounce terrorism is news. Man bites dog. The good news sometimes comes unvarnished, and sometimes with caveats. For some, it’s just too hard, still too difficult, to see the murder of innocents as unqualifiedly evil. We scan the world around us. Zoom in on Chicago. On Jan. 14, at the Chicago Loop Synagogue, Jews gathered to commemorate the victims of terror in ...
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No such thing as universal values

‘We, the people . . . ’? Which people? Freedom of expression is not a universal value. When Thomas Jefferson penned the opening verse of the Declaration of Independence, it was no coincidence that he chose the pronoun “We.” “We hold these truths to be self-evident.” We, the people in the Continental Congress who are choosing to embark on a war for freedom. We, the spiritual descendants of those original freedom fighters. We, Americans and other proponents of these “self-evide...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

U.S. Jewish hikers in Nepal contact families

Marcy Oster They reportedly are at the Mount Everest base camp awaiting evacuation. Meanwhile, the earthquake’s death toll topped 4,000. ... [Link]

U.N. inquiry finds Israel fired on its schools, Hamas hid weapons in its buildings

Marcy Oster Some 44 Palestinians sheltering in the schools bombed by the Israelis were killed and Hamas also fired at Israel from U.N. buildings, the inquiry found. ... [Link]

Alan Pollack, activist for Israel, dies at 77

Marcy Oster Pollack, a leading Zionist activist from the 1960s to the 1980s, joined the JTA board in 1979. ... [Link]

Haredi Orthodox neighborhood has NYC’s highest birth rate

Julie Wiener Borough Park, an area in Brooklyn known for its sizable Orthodox Jewish population, has 27.9 births per 1,000 residents, making it “easily the city’s baby capital.” ... [Link]

Holocaust survivor criticized for urging end to prosecution of SS officers

Julie Wiener Eva Mozes Kor, who had been one of 50 Auschwitz survivors bringing charges against Oskar Groening, made her remarks on German television. ... [Link]

Nicki Minaj made this kid’s bar mitzvah legendary

Gabe Friedman What was the famous hip-hop artist doing at a bar mitzvah? ... [Link]

The world’s smallest Bible, now on view at the Israel Museum

Gabe Friedman You’ve never seen the Bible like this before. That is, if you can actually see this version. ... [Link]

Why Israeli couples have surrogate pregnancies in Nepal

Ben Sales Israeli couples unable to get pregnant are choosing surrogacy abroad. For same-sex couples, Nepal is one of the only options. ... [Link]

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