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Harriett Ambrose 1913-2013

How many people remember watching the infamous Pancho Villa leading a raid into Texas? How many people remember when women gained the right to vote? When the automobile took over?

Not many indeed, but Harriett Ambrose, matriarch of a well-known Pueblo Jewish family, was one of them. Mrs. Ambrose, who died Nov. 30, just two weeks shy of her 101st birthday, lived a life that was remarkable not only because of its length, but because of the way she witnessed and experienced the developments of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 December 2013 03:16 )

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Netanyahu unwise to skip Mandela’s funeral

If prizes were given out for the lamest excuse of the year, surely the winner would be Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s excuse for not attending the funeral of Nelson Mandela — leaving the honors to no less than the head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas. Netanyahu said that the security expenses would be too high. Yeah, right. It is clear that Mandela was lukewarm on Israel; and that, if a terrorist supported Mandela, that was no problem for Mandela. He would embrace th...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 December 2013 02:59 )

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Sandy Hook, one year later

A year ago tomorrow, our country received a deep stab in the heart with the news that 20 children and six adults were murdered in the worst school shooting in our nation’s history, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The killer then killed himself. Since that stunning day last year, there have been many discussions on what could have caused the gunman to go on that rampage, and what could have been done to prevent it. Is the problem one of mental health or is it the availability...
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Rabbi Uriel Malka

Light is a double-edged metaphor. There is the light of enlightenment and the light of fire. In a terrible event that twists the gut and deeply saddens the soul even three years later, the fate of Rabbi Uriel Malka embodied light in both senses. His smile, his love of people, his love of G-d, his enthusiastic encouragement of everyone he met, his joie de vivre — that was one light. Then there was the other light, that terrible, opposite burning light of the flames in the Carmel forest fire in ...
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An astonishing detail in the Iran deal

There is actually no quid pro quo in the Iran deal. Iran gets to continue its nuclear program for almost all of the next six months. It’s right there in the deal. The devil is in the details. Citizens around the world have been led to believe that the Iran deal reached Nov. 24, 2013 is a straight quid pro quo: Iran gives up the right to enhance its nuclear program and stockpile for six months; Iran gets sanctions relief in return. It’s not exactly that way; in fact, it’s not that way at ...
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