Intermountain Jewish News

Feb 26th


The colors of teshuvah

There is a dignity in autumn that precedes its arrival. Outside it’s still hot. Unprotected skin burns. Grass wilts, animals move slower. But in late August and early September, fall graces the sidewalks with her imminence. A single leaf descends, then four, then a scattering. The air grows cooler, crisper. The clouds deepen their colors. Everything is changing.

Personifying nature is an ancient trick that brings comfort and delight. Maybe an old man really exists in that cloud formation off to the right. We sense an odd clarity in the lengthening shadows. Parched senses dig new aesthetic wells. Everything is poised for change.


Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 September 2010 01:31 )


Prayers for 5771 from the IJN Staff

This New Year, we thank G-d for having given us the strength to persevere, the wisdom to make the right decision and the humbleness to cherish our friends. Thank you for blessing my family, including my mother, Dylan and Mani, and empowering me to become a better person. I wish the entire community a happy, blessed and healthy New Year. Lori Aron, advertising executive

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 September 2011 04:45 )


Playing politics with humanitarian relief in Pakistan

The floods in Pakistan defy belief for their persistence and destruction. After heavy rains comes gradual relief — usually. But in the case of Pakistan the rivers were rising even a month after the rains. The humanitarian crisis is enormous. Millions have been left homeless. Not, one would hope, a time for politics. But hope again. Hope in vain. We have this from Edina Lekovic, communications director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (based in the US):

Something about a tree

On February 23, 1944, Anne Frank wrote about her beloved chestnut tree, which she could glimpse from her hiding place: “From my favorite spot on the floor Ilook up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree, on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver, and at the sea gulls and other birds as they glide on the wind.” Trapped by the extremes of adolescence and the unrelenting hand of evil, she affirmed that people were essentially good at heart, fantasized about being a g...

Retirement for Gabi Ashkenazi is a bad move

Military operations and the evaluation of military personnel are not our field of expertise. Still, we cannot help but raise an eyebrow at the replacement of Israel’s Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi. He has held his position for four years, and now been designated for retirement. Customarily, the chief-of-staff’s four-year term is extended for another year. Ashkenazi’s wasn’t. This is most puzzling, not because we have any reason to doubt his replacement, Major General Yoav Galant, but be...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 August 2010 13:40 )

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