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Rebbetzin Leah Kagan, 1933-2016

It is certainly not a small thing when someone dies and it can be said, “No one ever had a bad thing to say about that person.” It is something else again, however, when someone dies and it is said, “Everyone had something nice to say about that person.”All the more so when that person interacted with thousands of people over her lifetime, as a veteran teacher will do — with both students and parents — not to mention in her other roles.

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End identity politics

As members of a minority, Jews well know the pride felt by a minority group when one of its own achieves. Sandy Koufax. Aly Raisman. Steven Spielberg. Not to mention, Albert Einstein.  We feel we have a part in their success. That said, should fundamental decisions be made according to a vicarious ethnic, racial or religious association? As Jews, should we feel compelled to vote for Bernie Sanders? It’s a somewhat ridiculous question, but in politics ridiculousness reigns —or at least that...
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Basic deceny

It should come as no surprise that some will enthusiastically welcome the new arrangement for women’s prayer at the Western Wall, while others will strongly condemn it. But for the life of us, even given the radically different theological approaches to this issue, we are saddened and indeed embarrassed by some of the language deployed in the debate. True enough, the fact that different versions of supposedly the same statement (as reported by JTA) raise the issue of media bias; but however t...

Politics and parody; your dog for president

As the Wall Street Journal put it, from the beginning, the 2016 White House race has defied just about every expectation. Donald Trump was more punchline than presidential contender when he announced his candidacy in June, 2015.  Despite coming in second — close to third — in this week’s Iowa caucuses, Trump holds the lead in the polls in New Hampshire, where the first primary in the nation takes place this coming Tuesday. The joke still might be on his detractors.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:44 )

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Where wheels spin

Tuesday morning swirled with snow. Cars lacking the protection of garages moaned under mounds of white luggage. So you get out the shovel and dig yourself to freedom in the hopes of making an escape. Think again. Wedged between an SUV in front of you and a shiny red Corvette behind, it’s a veritable prison. Rock forward, rock back, forward, back — and still stuck.
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Hundreds attend 1st Jewish film festival in Casablanca

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Nearly 500 people attended the first Jewish film festival of Casablanca, which was organized in the Moroccan city by a Sephardic Jewish woman from Atlanta. The three-day event, which end... [Link]

Can you help a kibbutznik find his American relatives?

mbrodsky SEEKING KIN The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA) – “If only” – it’s the most common regret expressed by “Seeking Kin” interviewees, an... [Link]

Amid complicity debate, Polish clergy to attend 70th anniversary of post-Holocaust pogrom

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Polish clergy and researchers will hold a seminar in Kielce about a historically significant pogrom in which locals killed Holocaust survivors in that city 70 years ago. Occurring amid... [Link]

Netanyahu calls for ‘direct, bilateral negotiations’ with Palestinians

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to start “direct, bilateral negotiations” with the Palestinians. The invitation, which Netanyahu has repeated... [Link]

Palestinians riot as Jewish worshippers visit Joseph’s Tomb

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians in Nablus attacked Israeli soldiers escorting a convoy of Jewish worshippers who entered the West Bank city to visit Joseph’s Tomb. The 26 busloads of worshi... [Link]

Sides swap character attacks in trial over Bay Area’s Koret Foundation

Andrew Silow-Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (J., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California via JTA) — A civil trial focused on control of the $500 million Koret Foundation is pitting its founder’s widow, Susan Koret, a... [Link]

As Jews flee Belgium, a seder marks a family exodus

Cnaan Liphshiz BRUSSELS (JTA) — I was feeling nervous about coming to Brussels for seder with my family. Making the 130-mile trip there from my home in Amsterdam meant taking my 5-month-old son on a train that... [Link]

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