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Rick and Susan Rheins lead Temple Sinai’s future

The Temple Sinai community and community-at-large turned out in large numbers last weekend to honor Rabbis Rick and Susan Miller Rheins. It’s hard to believe that nine  years have passed since they arrived at the Reform synagogue. Preserving the cherished ambience created by founding Rabbi Raymond Zwerin and his wife Rikki, the Rheins added their own plans, dreams and aspirations to ensure the temple’s continutity. It worked.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:53 )

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Iraq relinquished ‘its’ Jewish artifacts long ago

If not with Iraq’s expulsion of its Jews in 1951, then certainly with Iraq’s open theft of the artifacts of Iraqi Jewry in 1984, Iraq has lost all rights to them. There is a threeway dispute between Iraq, the US and the Jewish community worldwide over the ownership of Jewish archives that originated in Iraq. Actually, it is a twoway dispute, since the US has sided with Iraq, ignoring the history and provenance of these archives.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:40 )

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Dense: from Amos Oz to Tennessee

On the left and the right — again — the Holocaust is shamelessly exploited A Republican Tennessee state senator had this to say about Obamacare in a blog post: “Democrats bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for Obamacare is like Germans bragging about the number of mandatory sign ups for ‘train rides’ for Jews in the ‘40s.” We wish we could say that metaphor-challenged State Sen. Stacey Campfield later acknowledged his gross ignorance. But sort of like Donald Ster...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 01:40 )

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“I abducted your girls. By Allah, Iwill sell them in the marketplace.” Thus speaks Abubakar Shekau, Nigeria’s Islamic leader of Boko Haram, which kidnapped some 300 teenage school girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria three weeks ago. Thus reports Michelle Faul of the Associated Press. “The kidnapped girls,” Shekau said, “will remain slaves with us. They are slaves, and I will sell them because I have the market to sell them.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 May 2014 03:24 )

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US stokes arms races worldwide

America is not responsible for the world’s ills. But as the only military-economic superpower, our country does carry special responsibilities. The wise exercise of this power can hold the world peace, at least in most places. Recent American withdrawal from these responsibilities has generated dangerous arms races around the world. The primary American actor here is President Obama, but hardly without the firm support of Republican leaders. Syria. Israel. Crimea. Ukraine. Iran. North Korea. ...
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For Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, there is no joy in debut

mbrodsky For a moment it looked like the Dodgers’ hotshot prospect would be a hero in his first major league at-bat, but it wasn’t to be. ... [Link]

In lame-duck period, Obama administration retreats from peace endeavors

Ron Kampeas With the world in turmoil, President Obama’s last thousand days in office are not likely to be focused on Israeli-Palestinian peace. ... [Link]

Israel’s land seizure: political favor or West Bank game-changer?

Ben Sales Israel has drawn international criticism after seizing nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land, but some experts say the move is relatively insignificant. ... [Link]

Memorial to Nazi ‘euthanasia’ victims dedicated in Berlin

Julie Wiener Germany dedicated a memorial in Berlin to the more than 200,000 people with physical and mental disabilities who were murdered by the Nazis. ... [Link]

Manhattan’s Ramaz school clarifies advice on concealing kippahs

Uriel Heilman The principal of an Orthodox day school in New York who suggested that students might want to conceal signs of their Jewishness while walking around the neighborhood disagrees — with himself. ... [Link]

Why the U.S. and Israel are not getting along

Uriel Heilman The Obama administration and the Israeli government are looking at the same war but seeing things much differently. ... [Link]

Stan Goldberg, superhero of comic-book illustration, dies at 82

Julie Wiener Comic-book artist Stan Goldberg, the color designer for Marvel Comics’ classic superheroes, has died. ... [Link]

Polish city marks first rabbinic ordination since World War II

Julie Wiener The Polish city of Wroclaw had its first rabbinic ordination since before World War II in its only synagogue to survive the Holocaust. ... [Link]

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