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Megabucks given away, but little to Jewish causes

Bill Gates’ challenge to the super-wealthy set is admirable and no doubt will end up benefiting large swaths of humanity. Gates called on other billionaires and mega-millionaires to give away half of their wealth. Many have answered his call, no doubt inspired by the initial pledge of Warren Buffet, who volunteered some $37 billion to Gates’ charities a few years ago.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 August 2010 13:38 )

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Are moderate Muslims responsible for 9/11?

We shall not rehash why we oppose the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero. But in the subsequent discussion, a pernicious defense has been raised. The claim is made that since moderate Muslims are not responsible for 9/11, it is appropriate for them to construct a mosque near Ground Zero. Why blame people who were not responsible? In fact, the Muslims who want to build the mosque represent a corrective to 9/11 and embody this country’s commitment to religious freedom.  ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:22 )

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Can anti-Semitism be measured?

For  years, the Anti-Defamation League has called its annual surveys of anti-Semitism “audits,” borrowing a term more appropriately applied to the precise science of accounting. Our question is, can a measurement of anti-Semitism really be precise? Measuring anti-Semitism, it seems to us, is more akin to herding cats than auditing columns of figures. This was driven home recently when the ADL announced that it was “downgrading” the swastika symbol, meaning that the organization will n...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:22 )

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Maccabi’s many hands

When the Loup JCC Maccabi Games end in Denver on Aug. 6, you will hear the sound of many hands clapping — more like unanimous cheering for a job well done on every level. Thanks to 1,300 young Jewish athletes who gave it their all, the games were an unrivaled success in Denver Jewish history. Irrespective of final scores or records broken, everybody won this week. From tireless organizers to anonymous host families throughout the region, Denver Jewry has surpassed its personal best.  ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:23 )

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The federation, Amendment 41 and us

The Allied Jewish Federation sent Gov. Bill Ritter to Israel. It was a free trip. Amendment 41 prohibits $50 gifts, let alone free overseas trips, to politicians. However, if a non-profit provides the gift, Amendment 41 says that’s OK. The federation tried hard to dot the I’s and cross the T’s, meeting the amendment’s stipulations. Some say the government itself did not inform the federation of all the necessary requirements.  ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 August 2010 02:23 )

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The kosher Super Bowl halftime show

Gabe Friedman For those looking for a more family-friendly (or a more Jewish) alternative to the usual halftime show, Orthodox radio host Nachum Segal provides a solution. ... [Link]

Hezbollah chief says group is not afraid of war with Israel

Gabe Friedman The leader of Hezbollah said that his group does not want a war with Israel but will take immediate action against any Israeli aggression. ... [Link]

B’nai Brith Canada’s weekly to suspend print edition

Cnaan Liphshiz If it becomes permanent, the 13-week stop in printing of The Jewish Tribune would leave the Canadian Jewish News as the country’s only publication of its kind. ... [Link]

Letter circulating among House Dems urges postponement of Netanyahu speech

Ron Kampeas A letter urging Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, to postpone a planned March 3 speech by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is circulating among Dem... [Link]

ADL slams lawmaker who asked for pledge from Muslim visitors

Ron Kampeas The Anti-Defamation League condemned as “antithetical to American values” a Texas lawmaker’s comment that Muslim visitors to her office should be requested to pledge allegiance to the United... [Link]

Israeli conductor dies during Switzerland concert

Cnaan Liphshiz Witnesses said Israel Yinon, 59, fell off the stage in Lucerne. ... [Link]

Conservative flagship to finance capital improvement by selling dorms, air rights

Julie Wiener The Jewish Theological Seminary plans to sell two dorms, some of its air rights and potentially part of its library building to finance an ambitious campus redevelopment project. ... [Link]

IDF nabs 2 armed Palestinians on Gaza border

Cnaan Liphshiz The infiltration was thwarted shortly after Islamists killed 27 in four attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. ... [Link]

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