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We need Queen Esther today

Where is Queen Esther when we need her?

We are witnessing an escalation of anti-Semitic activity throughout Europe. Despite legislation in several countries against anti-Semitic speech, incidents are reported every week — personal attacks, defacing of Jewish buildings, cemetery vandalism, soccer game violence. This week alone, in France, a rap musician glorified Mohammed Merah, murderer of four at a Jewish school in Toulouse, and two assailants attacked a Jewish man near a Paris synagogue. And the popularity of the Hitleresque quenelle salute grows.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 March 2014 02:15 )

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American weakness is not a congenital condition

‘Reset’ for Israel? No thank you With a mix of naivete and arrogance, Obama ‘reset’ relations with Russia five years ago. The policy was a disaster from the beginning. Let not Obama ‘reset’ US-Israel relations. As if deep cultural, linguistic and historical influences and complex personal traits could be wished away, President Barack Obama believed he could “reset” Russian-American relations upon entering office. Just start over. Obviously, this could never happen, and it di...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:43 )

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Denver Jewry’s weekend of wonders

Visual sparkle and human delight flowed through our community last weekend. We scampered from event to event, Saturday night to Sunday night, and it was still impossible to cover them all. We mention just three highlights. The art show at HEA was a treasure of Israeli jewelry, paintings, challah covers and other decorative weavings, photography, handcrafted kiddush cups and other Jewish ritual objects, and decorative books.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 03:43 )

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Looking up

Pluto should feel pretty bad, demoted a few years back from being a planet to a mere asteroid. Evidently, there are quite a few — 715 to be exact — heavenly bodies identified this week by NASA to have a status higher than the forlorn little Pluto. These 715 newly discovered planets join about 1,000 others that had been identified in our galaxy before this week’s NASA announcement. The “new” planets were verified using data from the first two years of the voyage of the Kepler space obs...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 02:31 )

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North Korea: Does ‘Never Again’ mean anything?

All the “Never Agains,” all the Holocaust memorials, all the anguish over starvation in Biafra, killing fields in Cambodia, horrors in Bosnia, machetes in Rwanda, murder in Darfur, cannot hide the ugly truth: Humanity does not respond to mass murder. Item: Just last week, the UN issued a massive, 400-page report on mass murder in North Korea. Item: Already this week, the report is all but forgotten.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 02:30 )

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Letter threatens Mumbai synagogues over Gaza conflict

Marcy Oster Mumbai city police received a letter threatening to bomb Jewish sites in the city in retaliation for Israel’s operation in Gaza. ... [Link]

Writer Bel Kaufman dies at 103

Marcy Oster Writer Bel Kaufman, granddaughter of Yiddish writer Sholem Aleichem, has died. ... [Link]

Obama tells Netanyahu he wants immediate humanitarian cease-fire

Ron Kampeas President Obama told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu he wants an “immediate, unconditional humanitarian” cease-fire in the war with Gaza, based on a process Israel has made clear it oppo... [Link]

Kerry’s rejected cease-fire proposal leaked

Marcy Oster Details of the week-long cease-fire proposal U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry offered and Israel rejected emerged in leaks to various media outlets. ... [Link]

Israeli inquiry finds U.S. school courtyard was empty when mortar hit

Marcy Oster A mortar fired by Israeli troops in the direction of a United Nations school in Gaza, did not cause casualties as was widely reported, Israel’s military said. ... [Link]

Pope Francis appeals for peace in Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine

Marcy Oster Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal for peace in the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine. ... [Link]

Brazil’s Jewish community head apologizes for Israeli spokesman’s remarks

Marcy Oster Brazil’s Jewish community apologized to the administration of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for statements by the spokesman of Israel’s foreign ministry after Brazil recalled its envo... [Link]

Madrid Jews to ‘defend’ against author who justified expulsions

Cnaan Liphshiz The Jewish Community of Madrid said it would take legal steps against a celebrated writer who cited Israel’s Gaza operation in justifying past expulsions of Jews. ... [Link]

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