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Alert: No flags

Rose Hill, Mt. Nebo and Golden Hill Cemeteries will be closed over Memorial Day weekend.

Saturday, May 23, is Shabbat and erev Shavuot. Sunday, May 24, is the first day of Shavuot. Monday, May 25, Memorial Day, is the second day of Shavuot. Attend Yizkor, but save the flags you intended placing at a loved one’s headstone for another time. We trust they will understand.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:50 )

 

Can a historical wrong ever be righted?

Apologies, restitution, education, dialogue from Germany —  is it, can it, ever be enough? How far does an apology go? The globe is littered with the casualties and remnants of colonialism, racism, attempted genocide. Native Americans in North and South America, the tribes of East Africa, the Aborigines of Australia. The white settlers of these lands did not spare a thought for the natives.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:51 )

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Tom Brady deflates his reputation irreparably (*)

(*) will forever be the sitgmata next to his 2014 Super Bowl victory, right down there with the Black Sox World Series win of 1919 and Mark McGwire’s 70 home runs of 1998. In every possible locution but the blunt word “guilty,” the National Football League has found Tom Brady and others on the New England Patriots guilty of illegally deflating footballs for the American Football Conference championship game against Indianapolis last January. Apparently, deflated balls were more comfo...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 May 2015 17:51 )

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Is Judaism a discriminatory religion?

Many liberal and all Orthodox rabbis do not perform marriages between a Jew and a non-Jew. Will this or other Jewish practices be deemed discriminatory and outlawed? On its face, the question that is the title of this editorial is absurd.In a mere single chapter in the Hebrew biblical book of Leviticus, Jews are enjoined, “you shall love your neighbor as yourself”; “you shall not lie one to another”; “you shall not cheat your fellow”; “you shall not curse the deaf and you shall...
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New Holocaust deniers: US ambassador to Poland and FBI head

Holocaust denial is not only denying it happened. It is minimizing or distorting it, a la Jean-Marie Le Pen of France. Regrettably, high US officials join the club. Was George Washington the first president of the United States? Did Babe Ruth hit 60 homeruns in 1927? Was there a blizzard in Denver in 2006? Did two buildings in New York City come down in flames on Sept. 11, 2001?

Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 April 2015 13:49 )

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Melbourne Chabad rabbi steps down over handling of sex abuse scandal

Gabe Friedman Rabbi Tzvi Telsner in an open letter apologized for his conduct toward the child victims and their families. ... [Link]

Biden to address Atlanta synagogue

Ron Kampeas The vice president will speak at Ahavath Achim Synagogue on Thursday about 21st century challenges. ... [Link]

2 more Democratic senators back Iran deal, leaving Obama one vote shy of victory

Gabe Friedman With Sens. Bob Casey and Chris Coons on board, the president is close to the 34 votes required to sustain his veto of any bid to block the deal. ... [Link]

What America will offer Israel after the nuclear deal

Ron Kampeas Obama administration officials already are discussing with their Israeli counterparts what steps Washington can take to mitigate the negative repercussions of the agreement. ... [Link]

For aliyah promoters, Ukraine’s troubles provide a boost

Cnaan Liphshiz The Jewish Agency for Israel is reaching out to Ukrainian and Russian Jews newly open to the idea of moving to Israel because of troubles in their home countries. ... [Link]

Jewish-Israeli man stopped from joining Islamic State

Marcy Oster Turkish authorities apprehended the man, 21, whose family members arrived in Turkey and traveled back to Israel with him. ... [Link]

Netanyahu to peace activists: Ready for negotiations without preconditions

Marcy Oster Women Wage Peace last week ended a 50-day group protest fast held outside the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem calling on Netanyahu to sign a peace agreement. ... [Link]

Jews in the News Quiz: Rosh Hashanah edition

Andrew Tobin There were, of course, lots of Jewish doings, some kosher, some not so much, in 5775 (a palindrome!). Good luck remembering the meaty, the mighty and the mishigas. ... [Link]

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