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IJN staff prays, 5776

IJN staff prays, 5776


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 of new beginnings, and those elements of stress and excitement that accompany any new start.

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...

If Hezbollah attacks Israel, it’s . . . Israel’s fault

Pressure to support the Iran deal is one thing; anti-Semitic implications are another. In early August, President Obama hosted 20 Jewish leaders at the White House’s Cabinet Room. His goal: to convince them to support the Iran deal. His rationale: not to support the deal will endanger Israel. Why? Because Iran will retaliate via its terrorist beneficiary, Hezbollah. So, according to Obama, if you say no to the deal, then the rockets from Lebanon will rain down. This logic is not only misguid...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 August 2015 13:54 )

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Half of Birthright applicants flunked this Israel test – can you do better?

Gabe Friedman To test your own knowledge, try JTA’s interactive quiz made up of 15 of the study’s questions. ... [Link]

Some Jewish refugees really were Nazis, and other illuminating facts

Ron Kampeas The United States grappled with how to deal with a refugee crisis, and folks complained that they would harbor hostile infiltrators. Five facts about Jewish refugees hoping for U.S. entry in the 1930s... [Link]

United Arab Emirates: Israel mission not sign of changed relations

Julie Wiener Israel is the only member of the Abu Dhabi-based International Renewable Energy Association to have a separate mission accredited to the association. ... [Link]

Border Police officer wounded in Nahariya stabbing; 43 Palestinians said hurt in skirmishes

Julie Wiener After stabbing the 37-year-old officer twice in the back near the Nahariya central bus station Friday night, the assailant fled the scene ... [Link]

From ‘Amy Winehouse sound’ creators, a funky Hanukkah anthem

Gabe Friedman Retro band Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings kicks off its new holiday album with “8 Days of Hanukkah” — an upbeat marriage of catchy soul music and Jewish cultural references. ... [Link]

Alan Gross: Memory of Holocaust survivor relatives got me through Cuban prison

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Alan Gross, the American Jewish government contractor who spent five years in Cuban prison, said thinking of his family members who survived the Holocaust was one of three things that helped... [Link]

8 of the coolest menorahs for this Hanukkah season

Gabe Friedman Another Hanukkah season means another chance to impress with a creative menorah choice. ... [Link]

Report: Senior Israeli officials fear PA collapse

Ben Harris The diplomatic-security cabinet held lengthy discussions about the possibility of a PA collapse Wednesday and Thursday, Haaretz reported, citing three sources who either attended the meetings or were ... [Link]

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