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The burden is now on us

The Jewish calendar places Yom Hashoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — between Passover and Yom Ha’Atzma’ut — Israel Independence Day. We go from freedom to independence to mourning. The calendrical design — thanks to the Knesset — was insensitive to the special, redemptive quality of the month of Passover, but to an extent we’re stuck with it.

Yom Hashoah commemorations take place all over the world, and Denver is no exception, with events planned by survivors and their children, the ADL and HEA.

The complexion of these commemorations is changing each year as the population of Holocaust survivors continues to decline. The number of Holocaust survivors in the Denver area was recently said be to 125, a mere fraction of the census even 10 years ago. It is now up to us to represent those who lived through the event in telling the world — and ourselves — what happened. Given the post-Holocaust genocides, we need to do a much better job.

Copyright © 2014 by the Intermountain Jewish News

 

So, Mr. Putin, the bully, wants his empire back

Perhaps Mr. Putin has a short memory of the disasters of the Soviet Union. To mention just one: Chernobyl As Vladimir Putin grasps to retrieve the Soviet empire, whose dissolution he has called one of the greatest disasters of recent times, it is pertinent to focus on what he is focusing on: Ukraine. The same place where the greatest impetus to the dissolution of the Soviet Union took place: the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
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Our encouraging, unsettling world

Our world is both an encouraging and unsettling place. The past week alone is a kaleidoscopic example of extremes. On the extraordinary side, 36,000 runners ran in the Boston Marathon Monday, unbowed by memories of last year’s terrorist attacks that killed three and maimed hundreds. Many of those who lost legs in the explosions showed up to wish the runners good luck. One woman handed out thank you cards to all the bystanders. Whether they finished first or last, runners described their effor...
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A hate crime’s circularity

Does the designation “hate crime” and its enhanced penalty reduce crime? As we understand the logic behind the added legal designation, it is not primarily designed to reduce crime. Rather, it is designed to defend a certain populace because, supposedly, an entire populace, and not just an individual victim, is harmed by a “hate crime.” If, for example, a Jew is targeted because he is a Jew, then the entire Jewish populace is harmed by the crime. Hence, the designation and the enhanced p...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 01:37 )

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Jacob Birnbaum, 1926-2014

Millions who know not his name owe him an incalculable debt of gratitude It is surely no stranger to history that some of its main actors die penniless and in obscurity, unknown or underappreciated, as if their efforts on this mortal coil left no footprint, as if the world came and went none the richer for their lives. It is certainly no stranger to the historical record that some people long forgotten enjoy a glorious posthumous career that would have stunned them in their lifetime, when they...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Police ends search for terrorist infiltrator in central Israel

Marcy Oster Police set up roadblocks in central Israel following intelligence information that a Palestinian terrorist may have infiltrated Israel near Netanya. ... [Link]

Blockers and tacklers: Jewish gridders gearing up for NFL campaign

mbrodsky Blocking brothers and fullback who hasn’t had a carry in four seasons are among the Jewish players on NFL rosters as the league kicks off this week. ... [Link]

Report: SodaStream mulling departure from West Bank plant

Marcy Oster The Israeli firm SodaStream, which has been a target of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, is considering closing its West Bank factory. ... [Link]

Canadian Nazi Party founder running for Ontario township post

Marcy Oster The founder of the Canadian Nazi Party, John Beattie, is running for deputy head of the town council in an Ontario community. ... [Link]

Foreign Affairs Committee’s Royce and Engel to visit Israel

Marcy Oster Reps. Ed Royce and Eliot Engel of the House Foreign Affairs Committee will visit Israel this week. ... [Link]

Turkish Jews can stay mum on Israel’s Gaza op, Turkish Jewish intellectuals say

Marcy Oster Jewish citizens of Turkey are under no obligation to comment on Israel’s operation in Gaza, a group of Jewish intellectuals in Turkey said in an open letter. ... [Link]

U.S. calls on Israel to reverse land appropriation

Marcy Oster The United States called on Israel to cancel the government appropriation of West Bank land in the Etzion bloc, while Israeli ministers praised and panned the decision. ... [Link]

Artists in Brazilian exhibition protest Israeli funding

Marcy Oster Most of the artists participating in a major Brazilian art event protested funding for the show from the Israeli government. ... [Link]

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