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Happy Birthday, er, Shavuot

If Rosh Hashanah is dubbed “birthday of the world,” then Shavuot would be the birthday of the Jewish people.

That’s major.

Sometimes relegated to minor holiday status, it is anything but, ranking right up there with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover and Sukkot.

Shavuot marks the most pivotal point in the history of the Jewish people — the beginning. Even though Shavuot has agricultural connotations as the festival of the first harvest in the Holy Land, the true and original meaning of the festival is to commemorate G-d’s giving the Torah (His law) to the Israelites through his proxy Moses on Mount Sinai.

At that moment, when the Israelites accepted the responsibilities of adhering to G-d’s laws, they went from being the Israelites to being the Jewish people. Our identity was born.

Shavuot is a day of Torah appreciation, even more than every other day of the year. Just as on our personal birthday we are grateful to our parents for giving us life, on Shavuot we are grateful to G-d for giving us our Jewish lives. Happy Birthday to us all!

Copyright © 2014 by the Intermountain Jewish News

 

When honor is dishonorable

Farzana Parveen, 25, married and three-months pregnant, was savagely beaten to death on May 27 outside a court building in Lahore, Pakistan. Rejecting an arranged marriage to her cousin, Farzana married Mohammad Iqbal, her fiance of three years. Free will and love were her undoing — the reason why 20 members of her family, including her father, brothers and family-approved fiance smashed her head with bricks in full sight of a paralyzed urban public. The onlookers did not help Farzana. Perhaps...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:39 )

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Did Pope Francis get Israel’s security fence?

As Hitler’s propagandists learned, if a Big Lie is repeated often enough, it will be believed. If the lie is repeated over and over that all Jews are no more than vermin and no less than the oppressors of humanity, thus worthy of extermination, it will be believed. If so, then it behooves us to repeat a certain Big Truth over and over. The truth to which we refer is the impetus for and the nature of the security fence that divides pre-June, 1967 Israel from the West Bank of the Jordan River. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:34 )

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Numbers

If anniversaries mean something, 2014 is a bonanza. The most momentous anniversary in 2014 is, of course, the 100th anniversary of the start of The Great War, subsequently called World War I. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the 40th anniversary of the defeat of the US in Vietnam, the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. Alas, some will leave these somber anniversaries alone and focus on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ coming to America. Didn’t the group...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 01:39 )

Lucie Prenzlau, 1917-2014

Where to begin? Where to end? What was inside the circle of life, the fullness of Lucie Prenzlau? If this circle were a wheel, each of its spokes would likely define the totality of another person, but not Lucie Prenzlau. One spoke might say, fundraiser, activist, visionary. Another spoke might say, gardening, barbecues, fabulous birthday parties. Still another: aristocratic and dignified; also accessible and empathetic — listener and adviser. And another spoke: Europe, Palestine, America. An...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 02:07 )

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Shabbat Times

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Posters telling women where to walk removed from haredi London neighborhood

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U.N. Security Council reiterates support for Golan peacekeepers

Marcy Oster The United Nations Security Council called on armed groups to leave neutral areas of the Syrian Golan Heights and to return U.N. peacekeepers” equipment. ... [Link]

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Marcy Oster Indirect cease-fire talks between Israel and the Palestinians will resume this week. ... [Link]

New Zealand’s Key wins third term as prime minister

Marcy Oster New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, the son of a Jewish refugee from Europe, was returned for a third term as leader of the South Pacific island nation. ... [Link]

From the Archive: Suriname’s Jewish settlement and non-settlement

Raffi Wineburg In 1948, Suriname — then a Dutch colony in South America — backed out of a plan to settle 30,000 European Jewish displaced persons. ... [Link]

South African president vows to fight anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz Representatives of South Africa’s Jewish community commended President Jacob Zuma’s pledge to combat anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

House unanimously approves anti-Semitism condemnation

Ron Kampeas A bipartisan congressional resolution urging increased action by the United States and other countries to address resurgent anti-Semitism passed unanimously. ... [Link]

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