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The meaning of American independence

Who is July 4 really about? The Founding Fathers? The warriors? The heroes?

When it comes to the Fourth of July — as with most other national holidays — all of the clichés have long been spoken.

It’s about more than beer, barbecues and baseball, more than fireworks, more than hanging Old Glory from the porch or bandstand.

It’s even more than taking a moment from our busy and colorful celebrations to think about the courage and vision of those Founding Fathers who, on a sultry summer day in Philadelphia in 1776, dared to stare a mighty and oppressive empire full in the face and, without blinking, defy it.

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Triple murder: A game changer

Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. Hamas. The difference, anyone? How much history was changed by three names: Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman. Alas, add three more names to the list of dead heroes, with the short-term prospect of more violence and the long-term prospect of a decline in racism. Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman — three idealists, three young men — were murdered during “Freedom Summer” in the American south 50 years ago. These young men were fighting for voter r...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 July 2014 08:58 )

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Lubavitcher Rebbe 20 years later

His movement has only grown his readers have only increased, and the Messianic talk has died down When the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Schneerson, died 20 years ago, many doubted whether his movement could survive, while others touted his survival as the Messiah. For the good of the Rebbe’s legacy and for the good of the Jewish people as a whole, not to mention the countless number of Jews who have benefitted from the hospitality and outreach of his emissaries, both were proven wrong....
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Kidnapped teens and the State Department

Restraint? The State Dept. urges restraint in the search for the kidnapped Israeli teens? Sometimes we think that there is a boilerplate button at the State Department that is automatically pushed when the subject of Israeli self-defense comes up. Israel’s search for kidnapped citizens is an act of self-defense. Greeting it is the latest cut-and-paste quote from the diplomatic center of this country, urging “all parties to exercise restraint and avoid steps that could destabilize the situat...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 03:20 )

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Look who’s in Israel from Denver today

If you’re missing a familiar face this week in shul or at the grocery store, there’s a good chance that your acquaintance may be in Israel this week having the time of his or her life. Right now, as you read this, three diverse groups of Coloradans are in Israel: • Israel Study Tour took 71 high school rising seniors to Israel on June 8 for five weeks of touring, learning, socializing and trying their hands at things like kibbutz and army work.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:27 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Iran talks extended, but uranium enrichment remains stumbling block

Ron Kampeas Tehran and the major powers have agreed to keep talking, but progress remains elusive on the core issue of Iranian centrifuges. ... [Link]

Protesters arrested after ‘die-in’ at Friends of IDF office

Miriam Moster Nine protesters against Israel’s Gaza operation were arrested inside the Manhattan offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. ... [Link]

For two Americans, service to Israel ends in tragedy

Daniel Treiman Sean Carmeli and Max Steinberg, young immigrants to Israel, lost their lives in Gaza warfare. ... [Link]

Emergency transfer denied in kosher prison food case

Anthony Weiss A federal judge rejected a request by a Venezuelan Jewish detainee for an emergency transfer from an Alabama prison over complaints that it was not providing kosher meals. ... [Link]

Israeli soldier killed in Gaza firefight

Marcy Oster An Israeli soldier was killed in a “fire exchange” in Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces announced. ... [Link]

Rockets discovered at second U.N. school in Gaza

Marcy Oster Rockets were discovered in a second United Nations school in Gaza. ... [Link]

J Street explains pullout from Boston pro-Israel rally

Ron Kampeas J Street withdrew from a pro-Israel rally in Boston because it did not feel the rally would address all the group’s concerns. ... [Link]

Amid France synagogue attacks, support for Jewish self-defense group on the rise

Cnaan Liphshiz France’s Jewish Defense League, a controversial group with a history of vigilantism, is enjoying growing support amid fears that police cannot protect Jewish institutions. ... [Link]

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