Intermountain Jewish News

Nov 25th


New book traces proud legacy of the Maccabiah

New book traces proud legacy of the Maccabiah

WHAT DO basketball player and coach Larry Brown, swimmers Jason Lezak and Mark Spitz, and gymnast Mitch Gaylord have in common?

They’re among a group of 25 individuals who have won medals in both the Olympic Games and the Maccabiah Games, as revealed in a chart at the back of Ron Kaplan’s new book, The Jewish Olympics: The History of the Maccabiah Games.

While Spitz competed in the 1965 Maccabiah Games before winning nine Olympic golds (including seven in 1972 alone), Lezak first took part in the Maccabiah Games in 2009, after he had already been to the Olympics three times. The same path was taken by Lenny Krayzelburg, who tasted Olympic gold a year before he swam in the 2001 Maccabiah Games.


Historical fiction: 'What if?' and 'faction'

Historical fiction: 'What if?' and 'faction' They say truth is stranger than fiction, and maybe that’s why the genre of historical fiction has always been captivating. It’s time travel mixed with fantasy, allowing the reader to experience a time period or major event in a personal way. Two books published this fall use the art of historical fiction to explore two major events of the 20th century. The Intermountain Jewish News reviews The Ambassador by Yehuda Avner and The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor, the first a counterfactual, as...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 July 2015 13:24 )

Two new books, exploring achievement and reflection

Two new books, exploring achievement and reflectionIn our July 17 edition, the Intermountain Jewish News reviews two recent publications, The Debate Over Jewish Achievement by Steven Pease and The Seven Good Years, a memoir by Israeli writer Etgar Keret. On the first book, an investigation into human accomplishment, Chris Leppek writes: “In a nutshell, Pease hypothesizes that centuries of hard-earned mental discipline through Torah, Talmudic and rabbinical studies uniquely prepared the Jewish mind for demanding tasks in realms beyond religion...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 July 2015 10:36 )

Kafka estate — via Brod — goes to Israel National Library

Kafka estate — via Brod — goes to Israel National Library  After decades of legal wrangling, on July 1 the Tel Aviv District Court awarded custody of the estate of Max Brod, Franz Kafka’s friend and publisher, to the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. The court’s decision ended a longstanding dispute between Eva and Ruti Hoffe — the daughters of Brod’s secretary Esther Hoffe, whom Brod had left in charge of his estate upon his death in 1968 — and Israel’s National Library, which was suing for possession of the documents.  ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:29 )


Football (the American kind) slowly taking off in Israel

Football (the American kind) slowly taking off in IsraelJERUSALEM — The scent of hamburgers and beer wafted over the field. The fans were bathed in barbecue smoke. The bleachers were cut from Jerusalem stone, the field was made of artificial turf. The spectators who had come to greet a tour of Pro Football Hall of Famers sat in plastic armchairs that blocked off the red zones and end zones, with nothing separating them from the game played at midfield. The players — diminutive by National Football League standards — wore shorts and no padding...
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Met Council’s Rapfogel released to minimum-security prison with view of Central Park

Julie Wiener For 10 days, Rapfogel, 60, will be restricted to a minimum-security facility across the street from Central Park. After that, he will be allowed to leave during the day to go to work. ... [Link]

Bishops in England and Wales call for Vatican to revise liturgy concerning Jews

Julie Wiener The chairman of the bishops’ Committee for Catholic-Jewish Relations said the current wording of the prayer has caused “great confusion and upset in the Jewish community.” ... [Link]

Op-Ed: Why Conservative Judaism should accept patrilineal Jews

Uriel Heilman When a couple with a patrilineal Jewish partner gets married, do we want a Conservative rabbi standing with them under the huppah, a rabbi from a more liberal movement or no rabbi at all? asks the exe... [Link]

Iran’s Khamenei reiterates support for Palestinian uprising

Julie Wiener “We will defend the movement of the Palestinian people with all of our existence, and in any way and as long as we can,” the country’s top Muslim cleric said. ... [Link]

Obama administration: Still a ‘big no’ on supporting settlement building

Ron Kampeas A spokesman would not confirm whether Secretary of State John Kerry asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to allow Palestinian building in the West Bank. ... [Link]

Romania native, 83, wins Miss Holocaust Survivors Beauty Pageant

Marcy Oster Hairdressers and makeup artists primped and pampered the 16 contestants before they took to the runway and shared their stories of survival. ... [Link]

Jonathan Pollard’s lawyers: Job offer stands

Ron Kampeas The attorneys denied a Jerusalem Post report, picked up by JTA, that the freed spy had the research analyst’s post rescinded by an investment firm. ... [Link]

French comedian Dieudonne sentenced to jail in Belgium for anti-Semitic comments

Marcy Oster A Liege court found that he made discriminatory, anti-Semitic and Holocaust-denying remarks at a show in 2012. ... [Link]

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