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‘In every generation’ . . . as the survivors leave us

Beginning Sunday, Yom Hashoah events scheduled throughout Denver will summon collective hearts to aching memory. Tears will fall as Holocaust survivors, their children and grandchildren share the nightmare, and the hope. Names will be read, candles lit, memorial prayers recited.

But for the majority of American Jews who have lived beyond the Holocaust’s tentacles, the act of remembering is unconnected to personal experience. We grew up in safety; our days filled with endless promise, free of constant fear. Of course we know about the Holocaust. But the Holocaust did not know us.

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Hillary Clinton says the status quo threatens Israel’s future — is this so?

Secretary of State Clinton argues: Demography (‘Arab womb’), ideology (‘rejectionism’) and technology (better rockets) compel a true friend of Israel to force it to negotiate with the PA. Clinton has the historical trends backwards. Speaking at the AIPAC policy conference last week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton portrayed herself as a true friend of Israel, engaging in a little tough love on new Israeli housing in east Jerusalem. The motivation for the tough love, she said, is t...
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Kudos: Four special people who make Passover freedom come alive

Kudos: Four special people who make Passover freedom come aliveDonna Lutz In 1994, we ran a story about Donna Lutz — how she took an Army-chartered four-seat airplane to Ft. Lyons, Colorado. As the nursing home outreach coordinator for JFS, Lutz visited the sole Jewish patient at the VA medical center nursing home in Ft. Lyons, 400 miles from Denver. Just before Rosh Hashanah, Lutz and Martha Quackenbush spent the day together, talking and snacking on the bagels, lox, cream cheese, challah and honey cake brought by Lutz.
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Obama’s dangerous descent into the politics of saving face

Whatever Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu cedes under the influence of the Obama administration will never be enough. Because the administration’s Israel policy has, in part, left the realm of reality and taken flight into the realm of fantasy. Once the need to address the Arab “street” or the Arab “grievance” becomes a staple of the Obama approach, nothing Israel can do will be enough. For the realm of rational complaint and rational need has been left behind. Two cases from recent d...
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Who says ‘Jordan is Palestine’? Jordan itself!

Listening to the apoplectic Arab denunciations of Israel’s plan to build 1,600 housing units in Ramat Shlomo, a neighborhood in Jerusalem, you’d think that these Arab leaders actually care about the Arab residents of the Land of Israel. Think again. Among the many pieces of evidence we could cite for Arab indifference to Palestinians, we shall suffice with one piece: Jordan.
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JTA News

From the Archive: Suriname’s Jewish settlement and non-settlement

Raffi Wineburg In 1948, Suriname — then a Dutch colony in South America — backed out of a plan to settle 30,000 European Jewish displaced persons. ... [Link]

South African president vows to fight anti-Semitism

Cnaan Liphshiz Representatives of South Africa’s Jewish community commended President Jacob Zuma’s pledge to combat anti-Semitism. ... [Link]

House unanimously approves anti-Semitism condemnation

Ron Kampeas A bipartisan congressional resolution urging increased action by the United States and other countries to address resurgent anti-Semitism passed unanimously. ... [Link]

Senate approves enhanced U.S.-Israel cooperation bill

Ron Kampeas The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a bill that would further enhance U.S.-Israel ties. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: The separation myth, diplomatic delusions, tasting Hitler’s food

Raffi Wineburg JTA rounds up noteworthy news items from the Web. ... [Link]

U.S. officials ‘not optimistic’ going into Iran talks

Ron Kampeas U.S. negotiators are not entering the latest round of nuclear talks with Iran with optimism, a top U.S. official said, citing Iran’s insistence on maintaining its uranium enrichment capability. ... [Link]

In the kitchen with Joan

Raffi Wineburg Joan Rivers may have been famous for fat-shaming, but according to a forthcoming cookbook, she liked to eat rich Ashkenazi dishes. ... [Link]

This Week in Jewish Farming: Season of abundance

Ben Harris With winter storage crops harvested and summer crops still in the ground, September is a special moment for the seasonal eater. ... [Link]

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