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Despite brief Denver stay, rabbi touched many lives

Despite brief Denver stay, rabbi touched many lives

URIEL Malka, who survived the fury of Hezbollah rockets in the Second Lebanon War, died Thursday, Dec. 2, in the largest wildfire in Israel’s history.

Malka, 32, a former DAT educator and leader of Denver’s High Holiday Sephardi minyan, was one of 36 Prison Service cadets killed in a bus heading to rescue inmates, many of them Palestinians, from the Damon jail.

For many Denver Jews, the abrupt cessation of such a brilliant and comforting light during Chanukah darkens the world beyond their understanding.

Malka, who was a chaplain with the Israeli Prison Service, was riding with fellow cadets when a tree fell in front of the vehicle, trapping it in the inferno.

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 December 2010 14:46 )

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International

Shechitah ban partially reversed in New Zealand

SYDNEY — A controversial ban on kosher slaughter by New Zealand’s agriculture minister has been partially reversed amid allegations that his decision was taken to appease Muslim countries that have lucrative trade relations with New Zealand. The reversal marked only a partial victory for the Jewish community: While the ban on kosher slaughter of poultry was suspended and a deal on kosher lamb is still being negotiated, the ban on beef is expected to remain in place. That means kosher beef w...

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 December 2010 02:37 )

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Israel

WikiLeaks kind to Israel

WikiLeaks kind to IsraelWASHINGTON — A careful reading of the WikiLeaks trove of State Department cables — which is laying bare some 250,000 secret dispatches detailing private conversations, assessments and dealmaking of US diplomats — reveals a notable if perhaps surprising pattern: how often they get things wrong. Again and again the cables show diplomats, lawmakers and heads of state predicting outcomes that never come to pass. A year ago, top Israeli defense officials in a meeting with their US counterpart...

Last Updated ( Friday, 03 December 2010 02:11 )

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National

Reform movement: Reinvent ourselves!

SAN FRANCISCO — After the Reform movement broadcast online its first session devoted to reassessing itself, in mid-November, the comments poured in. One viewer suggested that the movement create a network of schools, camps, shuls and seminaries focused on tikkun olam, the Jewish injunction to repair the world. Another said the movement should train five times as many rabbis and cantors to provide more entryways into Judaism through music, social action and prayer. Another wrote to express c...
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Local

Readers weigh in on scans, pat downs

Readers weigh in on scans, pat downsON Sept. 11, 2001, 19 terrorists casually boarded four US planes and transformed a relatively safe, convenient and comfortable way of traveling into a weapon of mass destruction. The coordinated 9/11 attacks — a perfect storm of religious fanaticism, open flight training on American soil, easy access to airplanes and one-way tickets — rendered innocence obsolete. Spurred by terrorism’s global transmission and continued near-miss assaults, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ...
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Hezbollah operative planning attacks on Jewish targets sentenced in Cyprus

Ron Kampeas The dual Lebanese-Canadian citizen was given a six-year prison term after material used for explosives was found in his home. ... [Link]

Hamas terror cell planning attack arrested in West Bank

Marcy Oster Among the 40 operatives arrested were Hamas officials who have been jailed in the past for their involvement in terror activities. ... [Link]

S. African Jewish board files racism complaint against ex-student leader

Marcy Oster The ex-Witwatersrand University leader made “racist and defamatory comments” on the radio against the South African Jewish community, according to the board’s criminal complaint. ... [Link]

Jerusalem family renovating home uncovers 2,000-year-old mikvah

Ron Kampeas The ritual bath was excavated in a neighborhood long believed to be the home of John the Baptist, the ascetic Jewish preacher who inspired Jesus. ... [Link]

Amsterdam chief rabbi to resign 

Cnaan Liphshiz Aryeh Ralbag, whose contract expires in 2017, has had a tense relationship with the board of the Jewish Community of the Netherlands. ... [Link]

Nicholas Winton, Kindertransport organizer known as ‘British Schindler,’ dies at 106

Ron Kampeas Sir Nicholas Winton was known as the “British Schindler” for arranging the rescue of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to England. ... [Link]

WATCH: Ad tells Chuck Schumer to tip balance in Iran talks

Andrew Tobin The Emergency Committee for Israel released a video ad calling on New Yorkers to demand Schumer “stand firm” in the talks — especially on inspections. ... [Link]

Prague’s Jewish museum launches new permanent exhibit

Marcy Oster The historic Maisel Synagogue, located in the heart of the former Jewish district, also has undergone a major renovation. ... [Link]

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