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Chaim Goldberg, 1949-2016

If you had $50,000 — or $500,000 — to distribute to tzedakah, would you entrust it to an individual on nothing but his say-so that it would be used to maximum benefit? If you did, would you then do so again and again?

It wasn’t just that the late Chaim Goldberg of Jerusalem won the trust of benefactors. He convinced them that he was the vehicle for the best tzedakah deal they could get. That’s why millions of dollars went through the hands of this man who had one partner in his work, but beyond that, no organization, no stationary, no overhead, no board of directors, no overseer, no staff, no application process, not even a fixed agenda.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 April 2016 10:43 )

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Kudos: Four who personify Passover

Kudos: Four who personify Passover PASSOVER EDITION 5776 SECTION C PAGE 20 Every year the IJN salutes people — known or obscure — who bring freedom into our lives. Passover, with its message of gratitude to G-d for our freedom, is the appropriate moment to say thank you. Bryan Hay: Education Some people are fortunate enough to look back on their school years and remember a teacher or principal who truly made a difference in their lives. For many of the 2,200 alumni of Denver Jewish Day School, that special educator woul...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 April 2016 09:57 )

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My, how things have changed

1967: rage. 2016: calm In 1967, the Arab world went to war ?to ‘throw Israel into the sea.’?In 2016, the Arab world welcomes Israel to the sea. The formal cause of the Six Day War in 1967 — when many Arab armies threatened Israel and the rest of the Arab world cheered them on — was the closure of the Straits of Tiran. This would choke Israel, cutting the country off from commerce. This is a formal casus belli.
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One short line, one huge result

Observe: The ethical role models of the Torah take at least an entire book to portray — Genesis. While one might ponder them one’s whole life, they demand no specific chunk of one’s life.
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Sorry, Bernie, ‘killed’ is ‘killed’

Worse than the slipshod hyperbole that characterizes much of Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign was his recent statement about fatalities in the Israel-Hamas Gaza War of 2014. Sanders’ statement was false. Worse, when he was called on it, his spokesman denied he said it. The spokesman of the famously honest Bernie Sanders tried to wiggle, slipping into the type of politics that Sanders self-righteously rails against and holds himself to be above. Sanders didn’t mean it. He didn’t say ...
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