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Bronco start date Rosh Hashanah

NEW YORK — On Rosh Hashanah, according to the liturgy, our fate is written in the Book of Life.

But Jewish football fans may be missing something else: the NFL opening games they are missing.

The 2015 NFL schedule was released on Tuesday, and the season kickoff is on Sunday, Sept. 13, which is the first night of Rosh Hashanah. The Denver Broncos will open their season at home that Sunday, against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Sabbath-observing baseball exec says record contract makes sense for Marlins

Sabbath-observing baseball exec says record contract makes sense for MarlinsMIAMI — For Joel Mael, the Shabbat-observing vice chairman of the Miami Marlins, the team’s free spending in the offseason was wise from a financial perspective. Signing Giancarlo Stanton, 25, to a record 13-year, $325 million contract and fellow outfielder Christian Yelich, 23, to a seven-year, nearly $50 million deal were parts of a plan to retain the club’s budding talent and vault the club into playoff contention while saving money down the line. But this was the Marlins, who had a t...
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‘Woman in Gold,’ fate of a portrait

‘Woman in Gold,’ fate of a portraitLOS ANGELES — Attorney E. Randol (Randy) Schoenberg isn’t bothered seeing his years of struggle and triumph portrayed by Ryan Reynolds in “Woman in Gold,” a new drama based on Schoenberg’s recovery of a world famous painting looted by the Nazis from its Jewish owners. The movie focuses on the relationship between Maria Altmann, the elderly descendant of one of the wealthiest and most prominent Jewish families in Vienna, and a young, unproven lawyer who took on the Austrian and America...
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Book review: Lincoln and the Jews

Book review: Lincoln and the Jews PASSOVER EDITION 5775SECTION C PAGE 12 THOUGH NONE are alive today to tell the tale, American denizens of the 19th century knew it as a period in which it was not only common, but frequently fashionable, to be anti-Semitic. Newspapers frequently included anti-Semitic, or at least anti-Judaic, epithets in their editorial columns. Otherwise sensible politicians, from backwoods legislators all the way to Thomas Jefferson and Ulysses S. Grant, openly orated or wrote anti-Semitic screeds....

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Film dialogue: Divorce in Israel

Film dialogue: Divorce in Israel“Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” a movie limited to a courtroom and the waiting area outside the courtroom, tells the story of a secular Israeli woman seeking a divorce (get) from her religious husband Elisha. She became engaged at age 15 and now has four children. Viviane stopped loving her husband a long time ago and left him before the film begins. Her trial continues for five years — and then some. The brother-sister team of Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz (Ronit plays Viviane) are th...
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As Israeli Rabbinate targets West Bank rabbi, battle lines take shape

Ben Sales Rabbi Shlomo Riskin believes Israel’s Chief Rabbinate is challenging his job because his decisions on women and conversions question the Rabbinate’s hard lines on Jewish law. ... [Link]

This new website wants to prevent pro-Palestinian activists from getting jobs

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Indian ice cream cones named for Adolf Hitler

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Hasidic sect in Britain bans women from driving

Marcy Oster A letter sent out by the Belz sect’s rabbinic leaders said that allowing women to drive goes against “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp.” ... [Link]

Germany halts investigation into dementia-afflicted Nazi war criminal

Marcy Oster Nazi SS company commander Gerhard Sommer is accused of involvement in the murder of about 560 Italian civilians in the village of Sant’Anna di Stazzema in Tuscany in 1944. ... [Link]

Google, AMIA put history of Argentina’s Jews online

Marcy Oster The exhibition is online in the “Historic Moments” section of the Google Cultural Institute and is available in English and Spanish. ... [Link]

GWU cancels suspension of student who displayed swastika

Marcy Oster The student said he had hung the swastika in order to educate his fellow students about the symbol’s meaning of auspiciousness and good fortune, which he learned about during a trip to India. ... [Link]

Natalie Portman speaks to Harvard seniors

Marcy Oster Actress Natalie Portman, a graduate of Harvard University, told students at Harvard Class Day to use their inexperience as an asset in their future endeavors, ... [Link]

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