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Auschwitz Was About The Jews

01/27/2015
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 I might have seen Anne Frank’s body.

A scene from HBO’s documentary “Night Will Fall.” Photo courtesy of Imperial War Museums/HBO

Most Diverse Congress? It's Relative

The 114th Congress that convened this week is being called the most diverse in history.  That is a bit misleading. Relative to prior sessions, yes, but far from reflecting the nation as a whole.

I am reminded of the dog food company that advertised its product as "half horse meat and half rabbit meat."  When sued for false advertising it came out that the company's definition of half and half meant one horse to one rabbit.

Fueling Fires Of Hatred

If Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas mean it when they say they don’t want to see a Third Intifada, why does it look like that is exactly where they are headed? 

Each leader repeatedly accuses the other of incitement, often with good cause.  Their protestations of purity and innocence as the injured party would be a joke if so many people weren’t being killed and injured on both sides.

Israeli Institute Gets $2.2 Million To Help Christians Study Jewish Thought

10/14/2014
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A new institute in Jerusalem has been awarded $2.2 million to help Christians and Jews study Jewish texts, launching what’s being billed as a new kind of Jewish-Christian cooperation.

How Did They Find Out: Obama Waging War On Whites

Barack Obama has been waging a “war on whites” since coming to office, with an aim to “divide us all on race, on sex, greed, envy, class warfare, all those kinds of things.”

That charge comes from the fertile mind of Alabama Republican Congressman Mo Brooks. 

It is part of the Democratic strategy to keep Hispanics from voting Republican, he said, and he predicts it will cost the President’s party white votes. And that, in his view, is why he and House Republicans killed comprehensive immigration reform this year.

Roosevelts

Watching Ken Burns' excellent PBS series about the Roosevelts pointed out how some things haven't changed over the past 80 years.

In the installment about the 1930s the Republicans were opposed to setting a federal minimum wage and maximum working hours while protecting the interests and influence of the wealthy at the expense of the workers.  The party is still anti-union and anti-immigrant.

They also opposed Social Security and still do but now they call it "privatization" of the program.

Some things have changed, however.

Popular British Sitcom Comes to U.S., Maybe Minus Jews

CBS wants to bring "Friday Night Dinner" to America, but the Goodman family may no longer be Jewish.

08/28/2014
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What’s Friday Night Dinner without Jews?

The Goodman family, featured in the British sitcom "Friday Night Dinner." channel4.com

Americans View Jews, Christians Warmly; Atheists, Muslims Get Cold Shoulder

07/16/2014
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WASHINGTON We like ourselves!

A new Pew Research survey finds U.S. adults feel most warmly about people who share their religion or those they know as family, friends or co-workers.

Jews, Money And Mythology

Lewis Cohen’s documentary centers on the Ilan Halimi case but delves into Jews’ place in the global economic system.

10/01/2013
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In winter 2006, a young Jewish-French man, Ilan Halimi, was kidnapped, held prisoner for 24 days, tortured and brutalized, then murdered and dumped handcuffed and naked near a railroad station outside Paris. He had been seized for ransom, allegedly because, as a Jew, he would have easy access to money. His captors were led by an emigre from the Ivory Coast, a Muslim warlord wannabe named Youssuf Fofana.

A scene from Lewis Cohen’s film “Jews and Money.”

'Chosen People:' A Tolerant, Not Bigoted, Message

08/29/2013
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The Jews as a chosen people is one of the most fundamental ideas in Judaism, historically, philosophically and culturally. The very nature of our national and religious identity, as defined in the Bible, is bound up with the story of the Divine revelation at Sinai and the election of the Jewish people as a chosen and special people (Exodus19:5/6). Our prayers are replete with references to this, particularly on the holidays when the primary blessing of the Amidah, or silent devotion, opens with the declaration, “You have chosen us from all the nations.”

Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan
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