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Bob Simon, The Humanist

Remembering the contradictions and ironies of the veteran CBS newsman.

02/17/2015
Special To The Jewish Week
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Back in the day when greeting cards were made of paper, I saw one that said, “Coincidence is God’s way of doing miracles anonymously.” That phrase has a contested provenance but describes what happened about six years ago when Bob Simon, the veteran CBS newsman who died last week in a car crash here, and his wife became my downstairs neighbors in a five-unit co-op.  They were guests for Shabbat and holiday meals, then movies, parts of weekends on our roof deck, whole weekends at his Hamptons home and then of late, weekly (his schedule permitting) dinners to take, as we ironically called it, our time to put the world in order.

From war zones to monasteries: Bob Simon’s long and accomplished journalistic road.  CBS.com

Jewish Journalist Records 10 Hours Of Hate On Paris Streets

The footage will shock you.

02/17/2015
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The Jewish journalist who took to the streets of Paris wearing a small white kippah and tzizit received far worse than catcalls. 

Jewish journalist captures death threats on camera as he walks through Paris. Screenshot via YouTube.com

Comptroller’s Report: Netanyahu Family Spent Excessive Public Funds

02/17/2015
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Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could be facing a criminal investigation following a government report that said he and his family spent public funds excessively on personal items.

Israeli Producers Vying To Bring Taylor Swift To Tel Aviv

02/17/2015
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Jerusalem — Taylor Swift reportedly has been offered as much as $2.5 million to perform in Tel Aviv.

Taylor Swift. Wikimedia Commons

German Man, 93, Charged As Accessory To Murder Of 170,000 At Auschwitz

02/17/2015
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Berlin — A former SS member, now 93, was charged in Germany as an accessory to the murder of 170,000 people, mostly Jews, at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Jewish Radio Station In Copenhagen Taking Break For Security Reasons

02/17/2015
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A Jewish radio station based in Copenhagen canceled its daily broadcast for security reasons following the deadly synagogue shooting in the Danish capital.

Speaking To American Jewish Leaders, Netanyahu Holds Firm On Congress Speech

02/17/2015
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Jerusalem — Speaking to a group of American Jewish leaders, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his intention to address Congress next month, despite calls for him to cancel the speech.

Three Israeli Pals Take Shakshuka To Manhattan’s Streets

02/16/2015
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Just over a year ago, Israeli friends Josh Sharon, Solomon Taraboulsi and Gabriel Israel moved to New York to pursue professional dreams: Sharon and Taraboulsi to prove themselves in real estate, and Gabriel to attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y.

From left, Josh Sharon, Solomon Taraboulsi and Gabriel Israel with The Shuka Truck in Manhattan. Courtesy of The Shuka Truck

Bob Simon, The Humanist

Remembering the contradictions and ironies of the veteran CBS newsman.

02/16/2015
Special To The Jewish Week
Story Includes Video: 
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Back in the day when greeting cards were made of paper, I saw one that said, “Coincidence is God’s way of doing miracles anonymously.” That phrase has a contested provenance, but it describes what happened about six years ago when Bob Simon, the veteran CBS newsman who died last week in a car crash here, and his wife became my downstairs neighbors in a five-unit coop.  They were guests for Shabbat and holiday meals, then movies, parts of weekends on our roof deck, whole weekends at his Hamptons home and then of late, weekly (his schedule permitting) dinners to take, as we ironically called it, our time to put the world in order.

CBS news anchor Bob Simon. CBS.com
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