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Where wheels spin

Tuesday morning swirled with snow. Cars lacking the protection of garages moaned under mounds of white luggage. So you get out the shovel and dig yourself to freedom in the hopes of making an escape.

Think again.

Wedged between an SUV in front of you and a shiny red Corvette behind, it’s a veritable prison. Rock forward, rock back, forward, back — and still stuck.

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Where fear lurks

Super Bowl 50 awaits. It looms in the near distance. It grows nearer by the day. Beneath its copious bunting of orange and blue, its flags, stocking caps, jerseys, socks, plastic horse heads and assorted ephemera, Denver awaits its entry into America’s great 21st century Coliseum. The Super Bowl. Which awaits. And gladdens, inspires, excites, motivates and intimidates.
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What? Me a fundraiser?

Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and a legendary fundraiser, just published his autobiography, Meant To Be (Toby Press). While dealing with the ultraserious issues of human rights and anti-Semitism, Hier is famous for his humor. How to be a fundraiser? Check this anecdote from the beginning of the book. He couldn’t afford to get married, so he didn’t date the girl he was interested in. Then he got a job offer, and recounts:

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:38 )

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The ultimate rebuke of Bernie Sanders: Flint, Michigan

Safe water, like every other necessity, must ultimately be paid for. Bernie Sanders’ alternatives are fantasy. In reading the timeline of the terrible corruption of the water supply in Flint, Michigan, there are so many acts of malfeasance, arrogance and stupidity that it is difficult to catch the fundamental, underlying problem. Seriously culpable as the governor of Michigan, the officials in both Flint and the EPA, and others are, the ultimate failing is the idea that every necessity is bo...
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Prof. Eugene Borowitz, 1924-2016

If there were anyone who, without being glib, without compromising his intellectual honesty, and without any polemical motive, tried to bridge the denominational and theological gaps in American Jewry, it was Prof. Eugene Borowitz, who died this week at 91. His JTA obituary reads, “an influential thinker in Reform Judaism,” which is certainly true, but Borowitz worked hard to transcend the denominational divide.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 January 2016 15:01 )

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Shabbat Times

JTA News

A Jewish skier’s picks: Prayer, kosher food and divine snow

Uriel Heilman Jewish skiers now can find American mountains that serve kosher food, offer daily prayers and let you ski into a Kabbalat Shabbat service. Based on this reporter’s legwork, here are some dest... [Link]

Hummus in Hanoi: Israeli chef brings Middle Eastern cuisine to Vietnam

Lisa Keys At his restaurant Daluva, chef Shahar Lubin serves inventive mash-ups of Israeli and Vietnamese dishes alongside upscale pub grub. ... [Link]

At kosher ski restaurant in Park City, an avalanche of challenges

Uriel Heilman PARK CITY, Utah (JTA) – Laurent Masliah likes wine as much as the next Frenchman. But that’s not why he bought up every last bottle of kosher wine in the state of Utah and is desperately angling f... [Link]

Jordan’s king: Solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict necessary to defeat ISIS

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The Islamic State cannot be defeated until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, Jordan’s king said. Speaking Friday at the Munich Security Conference, an international gathering o... [Link]

Ex-settler leader Dayan still Brazil envoy pick, Israel says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Israel is denying reports that it plans to withdraw a former settler leader as its proposed ambassador to Brazil. For six months, Brazil has refused to accept the appointment of the ambassad... [Link]

French rabbi, Muslim rapper to release song for murdered Jew

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A rabbi and a Muslim rapper announced the release in France of a song against racism that they co-produced ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the anti-Semitic murder of Ilan Halimi. Coc... [Link]

People are confused why Bernie Sanders won’t own his Jewishness

Gabe Friedman Toward the beginning of Thursday night’s Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders had the perfect opportunity to tout that he would be the first Jewish president. Asked whether he’s worried about blocki... [Link]

Free Robert Levinson, Senate appeals to Iran in unanimous vote

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution urging Iran to fulfill its pledge to help find Robert Levinson, a Jewish American who went missing in Iran in 2007. Five Amer... [Link]

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