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"24 Days:" new film retells the brutal murder of Ilan Halimi

“24 Days” is not a film for those seeking light-hearted comedy or a nostalgic view of a time gone by.

It’s a film that tells the horrific story of the 2006 kidnap, torture and subsequent murder of an engaging, attractive young Jewish French man, Ilan Halimi. The film doesn’t hide from the raw emotions of Halimi’s family. This is a film, particularly in the context of rising anti-Semitism in France, which everyone should see.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:00 )

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Getting the lay-up of it

Getting the lay-up of itFormer Maccabi Tel Aviv coach leapfrogs (like LeBron) to Cavaliers WASHINGTON — With the clock winding down on a recent game here, Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt was still barking out instructions to his players despite enjoying a late 40-point lead over the Washington Wizards. Things didn’t come quite as easy early this season for the rookie NBA coach and his team, which had great expectations with the return of four-time MVP LeBron James via free agency from the Miami Heat....
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Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock, and more

Leonard Nimoy: Mr. Spock, and moreThis article was originally published in 1991. In the wake of Leonard Nimoy’s Feb. 27 death, the piece is republished with the permission of the author. LOS ANGELES — As a struggling young actor in the early 1950s, Leonard Nimoy, inspired by the rebirth of the Jewish state and childhood memories of Zionist rallies in Boston Garden, considered making aliyah to join Habimah, Israel’s national theater. Upon cooler reflection on the huge language barrier he would face, Nimoy dropped the idea...
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Will 'Ida' take home best foreign film?

Will 'Ida' take home best foreign film?LOS ANGELES — For the past few decades, Holocaust films have been common — and often victorious — fare at the Academy Awards. But this year, the Polish nominee in the Foreign Language Film category ventures into the less frequently explored territory of the Holocaust’s aftermath. “Ida,” writer-director Pawel Pawlikowki’s stark black-and-white film, is an unsparing look at the discomfiting void left behind after the obliteration of Poland’s Jews. Set in 1962 Poland, the film te...

Last Updated ( Friday, 20 February 2015 09:26 )

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Up, up and away: How American vets created Israel's air force

Up, up and away: How American vets created Israel's air forceWHY DID a bunch of Jewish American GIs — several of whom did not, by their own admission, have a strong Jewish identity — risk their American citizenship, jail time and, not least, life itself, for what could only be described as the ultimate daredevil mission? Was it just for the thrill of risk taking for which pilots, particularly in aviation’s early days, were known? This is the core question that spurs “Above & Beyond,” the recently released documentary about the unlikely sto...

Last Updated ( Friday, 13 February 2015 08:50 )

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Episcopal Church overwhelmingly rebuffs divestment resolution

Ron Kampeas The Episcopal Church’s House of Bishops overwhelmingly rejected a motion to divest from company doing business with Israel in the West Bank. ... [Link]

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