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Eugene Weisberg, 1919-2015

Old age, no doubt a blessing, also runs a risk, amply illustrated by Gene Weisberg, who died last week at the age of 95. The risk is that few will remember you within the context in which you distinguished yourself. In the case of Gene Weisberg, the risk is doubled in that part of his greatness was the way he sustained the business and the charitable works of his father-in-law, Henry Frankel — who deserves to be remembered in his own right, not just through the lens of his son-in-law.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:48 )

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Europe’s porous borders abet terrorism

The idea of a united Europe, embodied in the European Union, is noble. The idea of a borderless Europe is dangerous. A classic case of the law of unintended consequences: Blur the borders of Europe in order to eliminate the relentless wars among its nation states, and end up with terrorists easily slipping across those borders with their lethal weapons. From Caesar to Charlemagne to the founders of the League of Nations, the idea was to eliminate the causes of frequent, bloody national confli...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 January 2015 17:00 )

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Imams denounce terrorism . . . with caveats

That many imams and Islamic leaders around the world embrace terrorism is not news. Dog bites man. That some imams around the world denounce terrorism is news. Man bites dog. The good news sometimes comes unvarnished, and sometimes with caveats. For some, it’s just too hard, still too difficult, to see the murder of innocents as unqualifiedly evil. We scan the world around us. Zoom in on Chicago. On Jan. 14, at the Chicago Loop Synagogue, Jews gathered to commemorate the victims of terror in ...
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No such thing as universal values

‘We, the people . . . ’? Which people? Freedom of expression is not a universal value. When Thomas Jefferson penned the opening verse of the Declaration of Independence, it was no coincidence that he chose the pronoun “We.” “We hold these truths to be self-evident.” We, the people in the Continental Congress who are choosing to embark on a war for freedom. We, the spiritual descendants of those original freedom fighters. We, Americans and other proponents of these “self-evide...
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Get real about radical Islam

If it wasn’t the ‘real Islam’ at work ?in last week’s murders in France, there is no real Muslim, no real Jew, no real Christian. Funny how the world of oversimplifications turns on its head. A half century ago, the old saw was this: Nothing was responsible for the deaths of more innocent people throughout history than religion. Today’s it’s just the opposite. Religion is not responsible for the death of a single innocent person.
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JTA News

Jewish history exhibit defaced in Munich

Marcy Oster The exhibit was erected last week following a public celebration of 200 years since the founding of Munich’s Jewish community and 70 years since its reestablishment after the Holocaust. ... [Link]

Ukraine office to help prospective immigrants to Israel prove Jewishness

Marcy Oster Proving a Jewish ancestry has become difficult for thousands of Jews from eastern Ukraine, where a stagnant civil war has resulted in loss of access to documents to prove Jewishness. ... [Link]

Israeli affiliate to stop using Orange name in 24 months under new deal

Marcy Oster The new framework agreement comes less than a month after Orange CEO Stephan Richard said in Cairo that Orange would abandon Israeli affiliate Partner “tomorrow morning” if not for contractual pen... [Link]

Berlin’s Jewish Culture Days festival canceled citing subsidy

Marcy Oster Representatives of the Berlin State Senate, which assigns funding for the festival and had promoted this year’s festival on its website, said they were surprised and sorry to hear the news. ... [Link]

ADL poll: Anti-Semitic attitudes down in France, Belgium and Germany

Uriel Heilman Anti-Semitic attitudes fell in two countries where Jews were attacked over the last year while rising significantly in Italy, Romania and the Netherlands, the Anti-Defamation League survey found. ... [Link]

As Iran deadline approaches, skeptics draw dueling red lines

Ron Kampeas What are the most contentious issues — and how much will they influence the outcome? ... [Link]

Netanyahu was ‘smuggled’ to hospital twice in disguised vans

Gabe Friedman The Israeli prime minister went to the hospital for prostate exams in vehicles disguised as a pita delivery van and a pest control van. ... [Link]

Jewish group hired Mexican laborers to protest N.Y. gay pride parade

Gabe Friedman The fringe Hasidic group said the protesters were hired to fill in for “yeshiva boys” who would normally protest but were kept away. ... [Link]

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