Jewish news briefs: April 20, 2015

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Pope Francis meets with leading European rabbis at Vatican (JNS.org) Pope Francis met with a delegation of leading European rabbis at the Vatican on Monday to discuss Jewish-Christian relations and the ongoing surge of European anti-Semitism. The delegation was from the Conference of European Rabbis, which represents more than 700 rabbis from synagogues across Europe. […]

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Face it, this is not the U.S. of our childhoods

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Like some of the readers of these columns, I grew up in the US during the 1940s and 1950s. It was a time of assimilation for Jews and all the rest of the hoi polloi who had streamed from Europe. The US was ascendant as the result of World War II, […]

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Fighting organized anti- Semitism on campuses

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By Steve Kramer ALFE MENASHE, Israel — Passover is one of the three pilgrimage festivals of Judaism. In ancient times, during the seven days of the holiday, Jews came to the Holy Temple to make sacrifices. Today, there is no Holy Temple, but Israelis and Jews from the Diaspora fill the city with thousands of […]

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Jewish news briefs: April 17, 2015

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Obama condemns anti-Semitism on Holocaust Remembrance Day (JNS.org) U.S. President Barack Obama condemned anti-Semitism in a message on Thursday to mark Israel’s Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) as well as the international commemorations of the end of the Holocaust and the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. “It is incumbent upon us to make real […]

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Jewish news briefs: April 16, 2015

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On Yom HaShoah, Netanyahu compares Iran to Nazi Germany (JNS.org) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compared the current Iranian regime to Nazi Germany in his Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) speech on Wednesday night in Jerusalem. “Just as the Nazis aspired to crush civilization and to establish a ‘master race’ to replace it in controlling […]

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Political promises vs. realities in U.S., Israel

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — The two countries I know best are both immersed in political frenzy. In the United States it is the onset of the 2016 presidential campaign. In Israel it is sorting out the goodies and the claimants after last month’s election. Both are marked by hyperbolic claims and promises, which are not […]

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Jewish news briefs: April 15, 2015

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U.S. Senate committee unanimously passes modified Iran oversight bill (JNS.org) The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday unanimously passed a modified version of a bill that would give Congress oversight of a final nuclear agreement between world powers and Iran. Earlier on Tuesday, a bipartisan deal to amend the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act […]

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‘Lincoln and the Jews,’ scholarly and displayable

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Lincoln and the Jews: A History by Jonathan D. Sarna and Benjamin Shapell, St. Martin Press, New York; ISBN 978-1-250-05935-6 ©2015, $40.00, p. 227, plus appendices and index By Fred Reiss, Ed.D. WINCHESTER, California — Abraham Lincoln died on Saturday, April 15, 1865. Most Northerners and many Southerners, particularly those who understood the ramifications of having a new, […]

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Jewish news briefs: April 14, 2015

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Israeli authorities arrest Hamas terror cell that planned Purim attack (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A gag order lifted on Tuesday revealed that a Hamas terror cell had planned to carry out a shooting attack against Israeli soldiers last month during the holiday of Purim. The investigation, conducted jointly by the Shin Bet security agency, the […]

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Humoring the headlines: Campaign Nursery Rhymes

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By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO–Following are some nursery rhymes for Campaign 2016 Hillary, Billary, Doc  This time there’s no Barack. You’ll take the heat But not defeat. Unless Warren joins the flock. * Sing a song of Ted Cruz His campaign has begun. One of many schnorrers From Sheldon Adelson. Bibi’s right, Barack’s wrong. Protect […]

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Jewish news briefs: April 13, 2015

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Hillary Clinton announces presidential candidacy (JNS.org) Former U.S. senator, secretary of state, and first lady Hillary Clinton on Sunday announced that she will run for president in 2016. She lost to President Barack Obama in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. The National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) welcomed Clinton’s candidacy, saying in a statement that she […]

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In defense, with a large caveat, of Barack Obama

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Barack Obama is not a bad man, or a stupid man. It’s hard to say that he’s a bad president for the United States. He has made a mark for himself in bringing US health care into the 20th century, and it may even make it into the 21th century, […]

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Iran deal seems more win-lose than win-win

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By Rabbi Dow Marmur JERUSALEM — Experts in negotiation techniques tell us that the only viable deals are those that create win-win conditions. Judging by reactions from all sides, the outline of the deal with Iran doesn’t qualify. Not only are Prime Minister Netanyahu and his political colleagues against what’s being proposed, but so are many […]

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Iran speculation prompts numerous scenarios

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By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Barack Obama isn’t looking as good as he did when he had the interviewers all to himself in the first few days after negotiators left Lausanne with smiles and handshakes, but nothing more than oral reports about what had been agreed to date. Commentators have poked around the details and […]

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