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Teachers unions want it both ways

Based on their court filings and arguments, one cannot escape the lugubrious conclusion that teacher unions defend the indefensible: retention of incompetent teachers; that is, indifference to the best interests of the children.

Item: The Colorado Education Association last week lost a lawsuit in Denver District Court in which it argued that the Colorado legislature cannot change the supposed Constitutional right of a teacher not to be fired.

Now, check this item: The California Teachers Association and the California Federation of Teachers lost a lawsuit this week in which they argued the opposite: “Circumventing the legislative process to strip teachers of their professional rights hurts our students and our schools.”

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Israel: The sky is not falling

The chief diplomatic correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, native Denverite Herb Keinon, spoke in Denver over the weekend, maintaining that the long perspective on Israel gives great room for optimism. Among his points: First: Israel’s population upon its declaration of independence in 1948 was 600,000 Jews. Today it is 6.2 million Jews (and 1.8 million Arabs). In 1948, Israel was outgunned and outarmed, assaulted by many Arab armies. Today Israel is the strongest military power in the regio...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:56 )

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Don’t force Sterling to sell his team

Donald Sterling, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is a jerk. It is not necessary for this editorial column to establish that. He has already done so by himself. In this country, under the Constitution, a person is allowed to be a jerk, provided only that he does not break the law. Donald Sterling has not broken the law. What he has done is to express reprehensible opinions. In this country, under the Constitution, one is allowed to harbor and to express reprehensible opinions, especially ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 June 2014 12:58 )

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Happy Birthday, er, Shavuot

If Rosh Hashanah is dubbed “birthday of the world,” then Shavuot would be the birthday of the Jewish people. That’s major. Sometimes relegated to minor holiday status, it is anything but, ranking right up there with Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover and Sukkot. Shavuot marks the most pivotal point in the history of the Jewish people — the beginning. Even though Shavuot has agricultural connotations as the festival of the first harvest in the Holy Land, the true and original meaning ...

When honor is dishonorable

Farzana Parveen, 25, married and three-months pregnant, was savagely beaten to death on May 27 outside a court building in Lahore, Pakistan. Rejecting an arranged marriage to her cousin, Farzana married Mohammad Iqbal, her fiance of three years. Free will and love were her undoing — the reason why 20 members of her family, including her father, brothers and family-approved fiance smashed her head with bricks in full sight of a paralyzed urban public. The onlookers did not help Farzana. Perhaps...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 11:39 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

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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