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Spain re-invites the Jews

Spain re-invites the Jews

WHEN THE Edict of Expulsion decreed that the Jews of Spain convert or be expelled by the Ninth of Av — the last day of July, 1492 — some half a million Jews walked west into Portugal, north over the Pyrenees into France, or sailed by boat from the ports in the south, some setting sail with Columbus. They left behind their homes and vineyards, and left Spain without its most skilled doctors, lawyers and merchants.

It was a calamity, both for the Jews and for Spain.

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Jewish Sweden without a map

Jewish Sweden without a mapLast fall I traveled to Stockholm alone to visit my brother and sister-in-law, whom I hadn’t seen in 30 years. An eternity had passed in the blink of the eye. Time had changed us, but not beyond recognition or love. Grabbing my bags and rushing through customs at Arlanda Airport, I pushed open the doors and saw my Swedish sister-in-law Lisbeth (Lolo for short). We laughed, cried, stared at each other. Distance evaporated.
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The art and philosophy of Harry Sherman

The art and philosophy of Harry ShermanWithin the vast reaches of the universe, space, in its entirety and everything in it — even your thoughts — are electromagnetic energy, as expressed in the spectrum. With these few words — characteristic of a man of few words, but of many thoughts and feelings — Denver artist Harry Sherman describes a painting that hangs on his living room wall.
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1968: History Colorado looks at the year everything changed

1968: History Colorado looks at the year everything changedMANY MOONS have passed since I navigated the troubled shoals of 1968. The year that changed the world in ways we never anticipated changed me forever. While I’ve never misplaced that time, memories hit like a tidal wave after visiting the History Colorado Center’s “1968 Exhibit,” a historical, visual and sensory timeline of 12 months in the life of America. But I get ahead of myself — or behind. Sometimes it’s hard to tell. Shana Goldberg, assistant publisher of the Intermountain J...
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Growing up in the Jewish Bible Belt

Growing up in the Jewish Bible BeltWHEN the Rocky Mountain News stopped its presses for the last time in 2009, setting a good many talented people adrift, the newspaper’s editorial cartoonist was one of the lucky few who managed to land on his feet. Ed Stein, who drew the cartoons on the Rocky’s editorial page, and for years had also created a homey and localized one-panel called “Denver Square,” had something called national syndication in his corner. In addition to his home base at the News, Stein’s editorial cartoo...

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UN group calls for probe into alleged Israeli health violations

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — The World Health Organization called for an investigation into alleged “mental, physical and environmental health” abuses by Israel. Cosponsored by the Arab Group of States and the Pales... [Link]

Man charged for murder of Jewish law professor Dan Markel

Gabe Friedman (JTA) — Florida police charged a man for the murder of Dan Markel, a Jewish law professor shot outside his home in 2014. Tallahassee police on Thursday arrested Sigfredo Garcia, 34, and charged hi... [Link]

On Lag B’Omer in Israel, hundreds injured, forest fires rage and cats are threatened

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — Bonfires lit up Israel during the Jewish holiday of Lag B’Omer, resulting in hundreds of injuries and possibly igniting a blaze in Jerusalem that forced the evacuation of dozens ... [Link]

Robert Kraft urges Yeshiva U grads to have ‘wildly improbable dreams,’ like owning the Patriots

Brian Schaefer (JTA) — In a Hebrew-laced Yeshiva University commencement address, Robert Kraft recounted his dream of owning the New England Patriots and urged graduates to have their own “wildly impro... [Link]

NY Times editor calls out Donald Trump for ignoring supporters’ anti-Semitic tweets

Andrew Silow-Carroll (JTA) — A New York Times editor who has received a deluge of anti-Semitic tweets from supporters of Donald Trump is calling on the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to denounce the inv... [Link]

Holocaust refugee known for anti-Israel activism dies at 91

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Hedy Epstein, a Holocaust refugee whose sharp criticism of Israel — including comparing the state to the Nazis — drew controversy, has died at 91. Epstein died at her home in St. Louis ... [Link]

Hezbollah is broke thanks to US sanctions, says White House official

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Non-nuclear U.S. sanctions against Iran and its allies have led to Hezbollah being in “its worst financial shape in decades,” the top sanctions enforcement official told ... [Link]

NJ court rules $11M state grant to yeshiva unconstitutional

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A New Jersey court has ruled unconstitutional state grants to two religious institutions — including $10.6 million to one of North America’s largest haredi Orthodox yeshivas. The ruling... [Link]

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