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Two Popes

Jews cannot comment on canonization. We use the word “cannot” intentionally. The concept of canonization is profoundly alien to Judaism. All we can say is that to the extent that canonization enshrines the ideas of these two popes on the Jewish people, and on the history of Jewish-Catholic relations, it is all to the good. And, of course,we can comment on the two popes themselves: Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II.

Last Updated ( Friday, 02 May 2014 01:34 )

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Abbas and Kerry, partners in purblindness

With his customary grace and bigheartedness, Mahmoud Abbas, now in his ninth (or it is tenth?) year of his four-year term as president of the Palestinian Authority, told the PLO’s Central Council April 26 that he will never recognize Israel as a Jewish state. The PLO recognized Israel as a state in 1993, he said, and should not have to accept its religious identity. Neither Egypt nor Jordan was required to recognize Israel’s Jewish character when they signed peace treaties with Israel, so w...
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The burden is now on us

The Jewish calendar places Yom Hashoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — between Passover and Yom Ha’Atzma’ut — Israel Independence Day. We go from freedom to independence to mourning. The calendrical design — thanks to the Knesset — was insensitive to the special, redemptive quality of the month of Passover, but to an extent we’re stuck with it. Yom Hashoah commemorations take place all over the world, and Denver is no exception, with events planned by survivors and their children,...

So, Mr. Putin, the bully, wants his empire back

Perhaps Mr. Putin has a short memory of the disasters of the Soviet Union. To mention just one: Chernobyl As Vladimir Putin grasps to retrieve the Soviet empire, whose dissolution he has called one of the greatest disasters of recent times, it is pertinent to focus on what he is focusing on: Ukraine. The same place where the greatest impetus to the dissolution of the Soviet Union took place: the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
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Our encouraging, unsettling world

Our world is both an encouraging and unsettling place. The past week alone is a kaleidoscopic example of extremes. On the extraordinary side, 36,000 runners ran in the Boston Marathon Monday, unbowed by memories of last year’s terrorist attacks that killed three and maimed hundreds. Many of those who lost legs in the explosions showed up to wish the runners good luck. One woman handed out thank you cards to all the bystanders. Whether they finished first or last, runners described their effor...
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Well-known Turkish Jewish couple found murdered

Anthony Weiss A prominent Turkish Jewish couple were found murdered in their home in Istanbul. ... [Link]

In Australia, Christian, Jewish leaders vow to ‘love Muslims’

Anthony Weiss Christian and Jewish religious leaders in Australia have started a campaign to express love and support for the country’s Muslim population. ... [Link]

Israeli PM deletes controversial ISIS tweet

Anthony Weiss The Israeli Prime Minister’s office has deleted a controversial tweet that used an image from a graphic video released by ISIS. ... [Link]

Pro-Israel groups condemn attack on Temple student

Anthony Weiss An assortment of pro-Israel watchdogs and right-wing groups has issued a statement deploring the alleged assault of a Jewish student at Temple University and criticizing a pro-Palestinian group. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: The end of liberal Zionism, Jewish sperm, Russell Brand vs. Anti-Semitism

Talia Lavin JTA rounds up noteworthy items from the Web. ... [Link]

In shadow of Ferguson, group builds ties across racial, cultural lines

Anthony Weiss In St. Louis, the organization Cultural Leadership has focused on Jewish and African-American experiences to teach high schoolers to fight for social justice. ... [Link]

Vandals target Jewish school in Denmark

Gabrielle Birkner A Jewish school in Denmark’s capital city was vandalized this week — its windows broken and anti-Semitic graffiti spray-painted on the building. ... [Link]

Boy killed by rocket fire; synagogue struck, injuring 3

Julie Wiener An Ashdod synagogue was hit by a rocket Friday afternoon, injuring three people lightly. ... [Link]

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