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Did you hear the one about the pastor and the rabbi?

Maybe you didn’t, but last Sunday some 3,000 lovers of Israel did. At Faith Bible Chapel’s 31st annual Israel Awareness Day, a spirited throng witnessed a heartfelt display of friendship between evangelical Christian supporter of Israel Pastor John Hagee and Rabbi Aryeh Scheinberg, both of San Antonio. Both religious leaders are credited with establishing the first “A Night to Honor Israel” in 1981.

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Despite meltdown, Rockies deserve gratitude

OK. The last play-off game with Philadelphia was a classic, bottom-of-the-ninth, two-out disaster. The comeback Rockies heroics of the eighth inning went to waste in a vortex of pain in the ninth. But. . . a little perspective, please.
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Potential obstacle to peace: Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize

Writing in The New York Times, Thomas L. Friedman said that President Obama’s Nobel Prize for Peace “devalued” the prize. The Nobel committee “did President Obama no favors awarding him its peace prize,” wrote Friedman.The Washington Post wrote that the prize “almost makes you embarrassed for the honoree” because “a more suitable time for the prize would have been after” his efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples had borne some fruit.The W...
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Irving Feldman, 1917-2009

Somehow — despite his seriousness, what with his sophisticated  scientific and Judaic knowledge — Irving Feldman always had a smile or a laugh on his face. It may have stemmed from a slightly cynical appreciation for irony, but it made you smile, or laugh, just the same.Of his scientific credentials we are not qualified to speak, but the State of Israel thought highly enough of them to put Irving Feldman to work on some important intelligence missions. Of his Judaic credentials, everyone, r...
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Simchat Torah

Tradition has it that in the wake of the High Holidays, and of Sukkot, one may reach a higher spiritual level on Simchat Torah than even Yom Kippur. One may build on the Yom Kippur fast to achieve more by dancing with the Torah.Perhaps this is the idea of “all my limbs will speak” faith in the  L-rd. The limbs speak when they move and rejoice — when they dance, when every ounce of energy is put into dancing with the Torah, and with fellow Jews. This once-a-year-opportunity — culmination...
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