Intermountain Jewish News

Oct 09th


Lester Gold, 1922-2011

The word “colorful” was invented for Lester Gold. We might call Gold, who died this week, a philanthropist, an astute businessman, a behind-the-scenes leader who made things happen, a man filled with nostalgia for the old West Side and the old Yiddishkeit. We might say all this, and even add that he was an extraordinarily devoted husband and father and grandfather. We may say all this, and be right — and still fail to capture him.


Last Updated ( Thursday, 10 March 2011 10:21 )


Danger signals for American Jewry

Look outside. The weather is the same. The streets are peaceful. Cars whiz by. People chat and the world goes on. It is precisely this surface peace that hides, that lulls, that drugs, if you will. It is the slow, creeping, imperceptible, non-violent change that allows things into consciousness that American Jewry has never countenanced before, at least since 1948. Try this: March 30 is the Global Day of Action by the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign. That is, boycott, divest from, a...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 March 2011 01:57 )


State of Maryland and Nazis

Wasn’t the Holocaust over long ago? Isn’t it slightly ridiculous for the State of Maryland to be dredging up memories of French collaboration with the Nazis? Actually no, not when it comes to the French rail company, SNCF. For this reason: The company never expressed any regret nor paid any compensation for transporting tens of thousands of Jews to Nazi killing centers. Now the company wants to do business in the US. Now the company has that ubiquitous disease, Business Alzheimer’s, by w...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 February 2011 13:12 )

Lunatic in Libya

Saif al-Islam Qadaffi — the 38-year-old son of longtime Libyan dictator Muammar Qadaffi — promised this week to fight that nation’s steadily intensifying uprising “to the last man, the last woman and the last bullet.” “We will,” said the finger-wagging son in a televised address, “destroy seditious elements.” Besides proving that, in this case at least, the acorn has not fallen very far from the tree, the younger Qadaffi — like his father, who also promised a fight to the d...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 23 March 2011 01:53 )


The End of History — finally

Francis Fukuyama famously wrote an essay, “The End of History,” after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics two years later. By “the end of history,” Fukuyama meant that the millennia-old struggle for the ideology of freedom had finally triumphed.
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