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With Taliban ‘militants’ who shoot children in the head, one by one, there is no common humanity, no common language

Just when one thought that the last word on depravity and inhumanity was in, along come Taliban “militants” who kill children, one by one, in a “revenge” attack.

Note the logic, if you can call it that: The government of Pakistan fights the Taliban, and in response the Taliban murders children. It’s the same “logic” that has Palestinians murder rabbis in the synagogue, or children sleeping on the Sabbath, or customers in a coffee house, in response to Israeli policies.

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Gil Marks, 1952-2014

There’s no denying that enthusiasm for Jewish cookery has experienced a veritable explosion over the past decade or so. This mirrors an increased interest in food among the general public, whether due to the advent of television cooking shows, progressively slick and attractive cookbooks, the popularity of food blogs or a general concern about health and well-being. Ironically, the proliferation of celebrity chefs and cookbooks has not led to a parallel rise in people cooking at home. It’s...
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Jordanians hate; a Palestinian loves

Two extremes. First, the bad news. Jordan’s parliament, as reported in the IJN (Nov. 28), held a moment of silence for the two murderers — not the five victims — in the pogrom in a Jerusalem synagogue, Nov. 18. Four Jews were murdered by butcher cleavers and one Druze  by gunshot. Jordan’s Prime Ministser Abdullah Ensour sent a letter of condolence to the families of the murderers.
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Light Up

Alas for the Prophet Amos: not justice but bad news rolls like a mighty stream today. Anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East, fallout from slanted interpretations of last summer’s Gaza War, mass killings in Syria and Iraq, kidnappings and Ebola in Africa, clutch the world. Jews leave their homelands in search of peace and acceptance. In the streets and synagogues of Israel, vans, knives and meat cleavers play the role that suicide bombs once did. According to a 2013 ADLaudit, anti-Semiti...
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Circumcision is healthy, says CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has now affirmed the medical value of circumcision. The official guidelines state that the medical evidence supports circumcision and that health insurers should pay for it. Jews need no external confirmation of the age-old Jewish ritual stretching back to the Patriarch Abraham — the ritual that crosses all Jewish denominational boundaries across the world. However, in an age of increasing anti-Semitism and of erroneous extension of personal auto...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Op-Ed: A century after mass murder of Armenians, threat of genocide remains

Ben Harris Despite the moral outrage that accompanied the killing of Armenians 100 years ago, it wasn’t until the Holocaust that genocide was codified as a crime in international law, philanthropist Tad Ta... [Link]

Senior Russian rabbi: Putin ouster would endanger Jews

Cnaan Liphshiz Alexander Boroda’s defense of the Russian strongman dismissed by Jewish pro-democracy activist seeking ‘honest government.’ ... [Link]

U.S. court tosses Palestinian complaint against charities that support West Bank settlers

Gabe Friedman The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York threw out an appeal from a group of 13 Palestinians who sought damages for alleged “terrorist attacks” by Israeli West Bank settlers. ... [Link]

Key congressional committees approve anti-BDS amendments

Ron Kampeas Key congressional committees approved amendments to a major trade act that would require U.S. negotiators to discourage trading partners from boycotting Israel or settlements in the West Bank. ... [Link]

U.S. drone strike killed al-Qaida member with Jewish lineage

Gabe Friedman Adam Yahiya Gadahn, one of the two American al-Qaida members killed in the U.S. drone strikes disclosed Thursday by the White House, was himself of Jewish ancestry. ... [Link]

Orthodox rabbis join the conversation on LGBTQ inclusion

Gabe Friedman For the first time, prominent rabbis and renowned mental health researchers engaged in a public discussion about homosexuality and Orthodoxy. ... [Link]

Israeli filmmaker wins top honor at Buenos Aires festival

Julie Wiener Nadav Lapid was named Best Director for his film “The Kindergarten Teacher.” ... [Link]

From the Archive: First rumblings in the battle for pluralism at the Western Wall

Julie Wiener Conflicts over prayer at the holy site began almost as soon as Israel’s Six-Day War victory made the area accessible to Jews. ... [Link]

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