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Lubavitcher Rebbe 20 years later

His movement has only grown his readers have only increased, and the Messianic talk has died down

When the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, died 20 years ago, many doubted whether his movement could survive, while others touted his survival as the Messiah. For the good of the Rebbe’s legacy and for the good of the Jewish people as a whole, not to mention the countless number of Jews who have benefitted from the hospitality and outreach of his emissaries, both were proven wrong. His movement not only survived but now thrives as never before, while the Messianic talk has all but gone away.

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Kidnapped teens and the State Department

Restraint? The State Dept. urges restraint in the search for the kidnapped Israeli teens? Sometimes we think that there is a boilerplate button at the State Department that is automatically pushed when the subject of Israeli self-defense comes up. Israel’s search for kidnapped citizens is an act of self-defense. Greeting it is the latest cut-and-paste quote from the diplomatic center of this country, urging “all parties to exercise restraint and avoid steps that could destabilize the situat...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:20 )

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Look who’s in Israel from Denver today

If you’re missing a familiar face this week in shul or at the grocery store, there’s a good chance that your acquaintance may be in Israel this week having the time of his or her life. Right now, as you read this, three diverse groups of Coloradans are in Israel: • Israel Study Tour took 71 high school rising seniors to Israel on June 8 for five weeks of touring, learning, socializing and trying their hands at things like kibbutz and army work.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:27 )

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Do the US and Iraq share a common enemy?

Patience has paid off in South Korea. It could work in Iraq, too — if we let it. President Bush declared in 2003, “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. A bit prematurely, it turned out. President Obama declared Iraq “sovereign, stable and self-reliant” in 2011 as he pulled American troops out of Iraq without a status of forces agreement. A bit prematurely, it turned out. It’s an ugly world out there — too ugly to fit into nice, preconceived, American notions about how long nasty peop...
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First fruits of PA-Hamas unity

No sooner does Hamas ink a unity agreement with the Palestinian Authority than the new entity kidnaps Israeli teens. Right. Only the technocrats are running the Palestinian Authority-Hamas unity government. The US bought into this charade, hook, line and sinker. Now, Secretary of State John Kerry eats crow, blaming Hamas for the kidnapping of three Israeli teens. Not soldiers. Not adults. Not armed. Just hitchhikers. Ages 16, 16, and 19. That’s the quarry of Hamas....

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2014 02:37 )

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Two Israelis killed in Nepal bus accident

Julie Wiener Two Israelis were killed and at least three wounded in a tourist bus accident Friday in Nepal. ... [Link]

From the Archive: The funeral (and TV movie) of Klinghoffer

Raffi Wineburg Decades before thousands would show up to protest “The Death of Klinghoffer,” over 1,000 came to honor the death of Klinghoffer. ... [Link]

Rabbi Dr. Judith Abrams, pioneering online Talmud teacher, dies at 56

Raffi Wineburg Rabbi Dr. Judith Abrams, founder and director of online Talmud study program MAQOM and author of numerous books, has died. ... [Link]

Nominations open for NBN Bonei Zion Prize for outstanding immigrants

Marcy Oster Nominations have opened for the Nefesh B’Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize recognizing outstanding English-speaking immigrants to Israel. ... [Link]

Lawyers for Palestinian-American woman want to bar terrorism from trial

Marcy Oster Lawyers for an American of Palestinian descent accused of concealing her conviction on terrorist bombings in Israel are seeking to bar references to terrorism at her trial. ... [Link]

Israeli envoy: Jordan king blasting Israel to appease his Arab allies

Cnaan Liphshiz Israel’s ambassador to Jordan suggested that King Abdullah’s recent claim that Israel kills Arab children en masse stems from pressure by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Egypt. ... [Link]

Danish health director: No reason to ban circumcision

Cnaan Liphshiz Denmark’s national health authority does not think non-medical circumcision is risky enough to justify a ban on it, the body’s director said. ... [Link]

European rabbis seek laws singling out anti-Semitic hate speech

Cnaan Liphshiz European rabbis called on governments throughout the continent to pass laws targeting hate speech against Jews. ... [Link]

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