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Sandy Koufax: The Yom Kippur decision

Sandy Koufax: The Yom Kippur decision

WASHINGTON — Jesse Agler was pretty talented as a catcher and pitcher in Little League, yet his parents benched him regularly.

That’s because the Aglers had a no-baseball-on-Shabbat rule, one cloaked in sports royalty.

“It was a source of frustration as a kid, but I appreciated later what they tried to do,” said Agler, a 33-year-old radio broadcaster for the San Diego Padres who grew up in South Florida. “It goes back to Koufax making the point about that day, that it’s not for baseball.”

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No meat, oy! Really? Really.

No meat, oy! Really? Really. FROM ROSH HASHANAH FOODS “IT HAS long been established by the highest medical authorities that food from fruits and vegetables is far healthier and more suitable for the human organism than food made from meat,” is how Fania Lewando opens her plainly titled Vegetarian Cookbook, in an introduction, “To the Housewife: A Few Words and Practical Advice.” The term “housewife” is a give-away to readers who may have thought that this is just the newest in the recent plethora of health a...

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 September 2015 13:47 )

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Music of Dutch Jewish composers

Music of Dutch Jewish composers“Meeting the Ghosts: Holland and WW II,” a two-part concert and film event honoring four Dutch Jewish composers suppressed or killed in the Holocaust and Holland’s resistance efforts, takes place Saturday, Sept. 5, 7 p.m., at Temple Sinai. Held prior to Selichot, “Meeting the Ghosts” resurrects the music of Leo Smit, Nico Richter, Rosy Wertheim and Dick Kattenburg in concert.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 August 2015 09:06 )

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Israelis cycle in USA's top race — in Colorado

Israelis cycle in USA's top race — in ColoradoSTEAMBOAT SPRINGS — As Israeli bicyclist Yoav Bear sped through the end of Stage 2 of the USA Pro Challenge race at nearly 11,000 feet of elevation in the Colorado Rockies, he thrust his water bottle into the hand of a young spectator clutching an Israeli flag. Bear’s gesture made the day, if not the vacation, of the 13-year-old bystander, Ilai Engelhardt, a resident of the northern Israeli town of Avtalion who loves competitive cycling. On Aug. 18, his American uncle and aunt had brought ...
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Narron preps Israelis for World Baseball Classic

Narron preps Israelis for World Baseball ClassicPHILADELPHIA — Visiting Israel the past few winters to see his daughter and her family led to an unexpected job for Jerry Narron, a devout Christian and a baseball lifer: a coaching position for Israel’s team in the next World Baseball Classic. In 2013, Callie Mitchell had just enrolled her son Aviel, now 5, in the Israel Association of Baseball’s T-Ball league and mentioned to the IAB president’s, Peter Kurz, that her dad is Narron, the bench coach for the Milwaukee Brewers and twice a...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 13:00 )

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Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire becomes first Jewish primary winner

Uriel Heilman (JTA) – Bernie Sanders made history Tuesday night when he became the first major-party Jewish candidate in U.S. history to win a presidential primary election. With the late results in New Hampshir... [Link]

Did Bernie Sanders just steal Joe Lieberman’s Jewish crown?

Ami Eden Bernie Sanders just became the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary. Maybe now he’ll start getting the Joe Lieberman treatment. ... [Link]

Archaeologists say Western Wall plan endangers site

Julie Wiener (JTA) — New construction aimed at providing a space for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall would damage “the most important archaeological site for the Jewish people,” a group of Israeli ar... [Link]

Jewish day schools in 2 US cities receive threatening phone calls

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Threats to Jewish day schools in two U.S. cities prompted police investigations a day after Jewish schools in Britain received bomb threats. The Perelman Jewish Day School in Lower Merion, P... [Link]

Mayim Bialik puts Jewish modesty aside, flashes Piers Morgan

Andrew Tobin NEW YORK (JTA) — Actress Mayim Bialik, a public advocate of her Jewish faith and modesty, showed her cleavage to Piers Morgan on a talk show. On Monday’s “Late Late Show with James Cord... [Link]

UNESCO recognizes Israel’s Aleppo Codex in registry of world treasures

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The Aleppo Codex — believed to be the world’s oldest surviving copy of the Hebrew Bible — has been officially recognized as a treasured item by the United Nations Educational Scientifi... [Link]

Presidents Conference meets with Erdogan amid Turkey-Israel reconciliation efforts

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — A delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey and Israel seek to improve ties... [Link]

Nevada’s Democratic caucus conflicts with Shabbat

Julie Wiener The country’s third primary election for Democratic candidates is scheduled for Feb. 20, a Saturday, at noon. ... [Link]

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