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Cuba: Free Alan Gross

Alan Gross went to Cuba to use the Internet — and was arrested, tried, convicted and imprisoned. That’s the long and short of it. For him to use the Internet in Cuba was a crime. Oh, and did we say that he used the Internet to help parts of the Jewish community connect to one another? There was no espionage, no criminality, no pornography — just a nice man trying to help a Jewish community. Oh, and did we mention, he was working for the US State Dept. when he did this?

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Rabbi Herbert Rose, 1929-2013

We received the sad news this week that Rabbi Herbert Rose died in Florida. Rabbi Rose came on the scene in Boulder just as it was emerging as a serious Jewish community in its own right; and, in fact, Rabbi Rose played a major role in that emergence. Through certainly not a Reb Zalman type or someone who fit the probably inaccurate stereotypes of Boulder, Rabbi Rose brought a certain intellectual heft and iconoclastic Reform background to his position at Har HaShem. For one thing, he was an un...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 December 2013 03:31 )

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Yak, yak, yak

For some people, there is nothing more frustrating than the sound of the flight attendant’s voice instructing them to turn off their cell phones as the plane prepares for take off. Thanks to advancing technology, it appears that travellers will soon be able to talk on their cell phones after the plane reaches 10,000 feet. Now, the person next to you in economy class can yak the entire length of the flight while you try to catch some shut-eye or read a book. This falls into the category of ...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 December 2013 12:27 )

Invitation to danger in the Middle East and beyond

The America-led deal with Iran threatens many countries in the Middle East, not least Israel, virtually guarantees a nuclear Middle East, threatens American credibility, tolerance and consistency, and elates Iran. The interim accord between Iran and six nations, under the leadership of the US, sets numerous dangerous precedents: • Every one of the nuclear pursuits that Iran has agreed to give up is reversible; the sanctions relief that the West has agreed to is not reversible — the billion...

Last Updated ( Friday, 29 November 2013 07:43 )

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That day in Gettysburg 150 years ago

It has arisen as a topic of perplexity among many commentators and historians why no one has been able to duplicate the power and precision and meaning of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address. We might first observe that Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” address rises close to that level, and perhaps JFK’s first inaugural address, too. Such is beside the point, however. There is an answer to the perplexity, and it has nothing to do with the fields in which the commentators and histori...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 November 2013 00:48 )

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Interfaith memorial at JCC remembers K.C. victims

mbrodsky Hundreds gathered at a suburban Kansas City JCC for an interfaith memorial service for the victims of shootings there and at a nearby Jewish retirement home. ... [Link]

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