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Rabbi Alter reflects on 16 years in Denver

Rabbi Alter reflects on 16 years in Denver

When Rabbi Daniel Alter leaves DAT at the end of June to head the Moriah Day School in Englewood, NJ, he’ll probably keep his emotions to himself — or at least make an attempt.

Alter, who arrived in Denver in 1999 as the first rabbi in the history of EDOS, has tackled a plethora of “firsts” during his 16 years here.

He became the spiritual leader of the DAT Minyan, which originated as a satellite of EDOS and later morphed into a separate entity, once his contract expired with EDOS in 2006.

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Shavuos Youth

The Shema: What it means to me

The Shema: What it means to meSix Hebrew words. That’s all it takes to define the essence of Judaism: the unity of ?G-d and the unity of the Jewish people. “Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G-d, the L-rd is one.” (Deut. 6:4) The Shema — the Jewish daily declaration of faith. It is probably the most well known and pivotal Jewish prayer because it communicates to us, and to the world, Judaism’s core tenet, revolutionary when first introduced: monotheism, a concept brought to the world by the Jewish forefather Abraham...
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Israel Independence

Michal Peleg-Uziyahu: Outgoing shlicha

Michal Peleg-Uziyahu: Outgoing shlichaON AN early morning at JEWISHcolorado, Michal Peleg-Uziyahu arrives clutching a cup of coffee but never takes a sip. Her rapid-fire words, a delicious blend of decaf and the real stuff — heavily accented English and Hebrew — omit the opportunity. Peleg-Uziyahu, who became Israel’s shlicha (emissary) to Colorado in 2011, is leaving her Denver-based post in mid-June of this year. Spurred by memories, accomplishments and intimations of the future, the “almost” 38-year-old Israeli from t...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:33 )

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Israel Independence

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein: Humble and towering teacher

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein: Humble and towering teacherRabbi Aharon Lichtenstein was awarded the Israel Prize last year on Israel Independence Day for his towering knowledge of Talmud, his mastery of the Western canon (he was then the youngest person to receive a PhD in English from Harvard), and his capacity to speak to contemporary issues. A leading figure in Israeli intellectual life, a head of the hesder yeshiva in Gush Etzion, Israel, and a revered mentor to both his disciples and his readers in Israel and abroad, Rabbi Lichtenstein died earli...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 April 2015 15:11 )

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Kosher Living

Journey of Larry and Cindy Halpern

Journey of Larry and Cindy HalpernIN 1993, Ahron Wasserman, then a yeshiva bocher, called Larry Halpern, head of Safe Systems, Inc., about a Shabbat-compliant home alarm system for his father Rabbi Isaac Wasserman, dean of Yeshiva Toras Chaim. This was the first time that Halpern was asked to put in a home alarm unit for a Sabbath-observant family — and he went to work immediately. Halpern and his wife Cindy, who were in the process of transitioning to Orthodox Judaism, did not regard the request as unusual. “Our systems a...
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Cnaan Liphshiz Elizabeth II to present honorary title to Rivka Carmi, president of Ben Gurion University. ... [Link]

The Holocaust film that is upending the genre – and other Jewish notes from Cannes

Gabe Friedman The film “Son of Saul” by a rookie Hungarian director has become the most widely talked about film from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. But it isn’t the festival’s only signific... [Link]

Swiss court orders Israel to pay Iran $1.1 billion

Uriel Heilman At issue is a shah-era oil debt that harkens back to a 1968 agreement in which Iran shipped oil through Israeli ports and sold crude oil to Israel. ... [Link]

Joe Lieberman: Next U.S. president will bring warmer relations with Israel

Ben Sales The four-term senator in an interview with JTA expressed concern over support for Israel in the Democratic Party, but said 2016 is an opportunity for a shift. ... [Link]

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