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The moral taught by the movie ‘Noah’

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—I don’t know if it is more environmentally sensitive to go to a movie house or to watch the same film at home on a DVD. I suppose it would depend on the driving distance required for each option divided by the number of people in your party intending to […]

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A celebration of mind at Legoland California Resort

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David and Sara Harrison admire giant head of Einstein at Legoland California Resort.  An homage to Auguste Rodin’s “Thinker” reinforces the Lego Company’s celebration of the mind By Donald H. Harrison CARLSBAD, California – The Legoland California Resort here may be among the few places in the world where you can meet, after a fashion, […]

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Caves, caverns appeal to story tellers

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-Last of a 23-part series- By Donald H. Harrison LAKEHEAD, California – Melelani Correa, a high school senior working at Lake Shasta Caverns, and her fellow guides like to fantasize about the shapes made by mineral-laden water dripping onto cave walls. Somewhat food-focused, she sees the shape of chili peppers here, strips of bacon there, […]

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Wildlife Safari: Isaiah’s prophecy not quite realized

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Twenty-Second in a Series By Donald H. Harrison WINSTON, Oregon – There’s an oft-told joke that in order to illustrate Isaiah’s well known prophecy (Isaiah 11: 6-9), a zoo exhibited a lion and a lamb together in the same cage. “That’s fantastic!” said one amazed visitor, “Who’d have dared to do such a thing! How […]

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Roseburg founder long mistaken for a Jew

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-Twenty-first in a series– By Donald H. Harrison ROSEBURG, Oregon—Having written a biography of Louis Rose, the first Jewish settler in San Diego, I was anxious to learn about Aaron Rose, for whom this town in southwestern Oregon was named. He and Louis Rose were contemporaries. Furthermore, I was intrigued by the fact that an […]

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Israel-Gaza War impacts the Biblical Zoo

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –Even the animals at the Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem have been affected by the fighting between Israel and Gaza over the last month. They have had a far less polyglot human crowd to observe and to be observed by, according to Shai Doron, executive director of the Biblical Zoo, […]

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Lucky for Herman, Jews disagree if he’s kosher

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-Twentieth in a Series- By Donald H. Harrison CASCADE LOCKS, Oregon – Herman the Sturgeon is by far the biggest attraction at the Bonneville Fish Hatchery here. Approximately 70 years old, Herman is 10 feet long and weighs 450 pounds.  He is midsize for his species, with some sturgeons having been known to grow to […]

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Westward- bound Jews often stopped at The Dalles

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s -Nineteenth in a Series – By Donald H. Harrison THE DALLES, Oregon — Today, there are few Jews living in this city, but it is not surprising that at one point in its history, Jewish merchants found it a very attractive place to do business. “The Dalles” was given its name by French Canadian […]

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Performing arts and religion: helping each other

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By Donald H. Harrison CORONADO, California – Over the weekend, I attended a recital featuring an organist, two trumpet players, and a soprano at the First Church of Christ Scientist in this San Diego suburb, allowing me to look around one of the many historic buildings in this metropolitan area designed by San Diego architect […]

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Inter- group harmony a Spokane priority

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-Eighteenth in a Series– By Donald H. Harrison SPOKANE, Washington – During an all-too-short visit with grandson Shor to this eastern Washington city, I sensed that the civic leadership of Spokane values the city’s diversity and attempts to promote inter-group harmony. From a vantage point for viewing Spokane Falls, for example, Shor and I noticed […]

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Heroes for animals: Moses, Theodore Roosevelt

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-Seventeenth in a Series– By Donald H. Harrison MOIESE, Montana — In 1908, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt, a formidable conservationist, laid aside the National Bison Range to help bring the American bison (often mislabeled as a ‘buffalo’) back from the precipice of extinction. Today, to paraphrase the lyrics of “Home on the Range,” the bison […]

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Jews and Blackfeet Indians: plenty in common

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  -Sixteenth in a Series– By Donald H. Harrison BROWNING, Montana – More than half-way between our previous night’s stop in Lethbridge, Alberta, and our evening’s destination of Kalispell, Montana, grandson Shor and I decided to stretch our legs in Browning, Montana, which is located on the sprawling Blackfeet Indian Reservation. We browsed the Blackfeet […]

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How sweet the Torah at Beth Shalom

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By Donald H. Harrison CHULA VISTA, California — Congregant Luz Guadarrama of Temple Beth Shalom baked up a surprise for Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel: a cake shaped to look like a Torah.  The Conservative rabbi turns 61 on August 6th. Arlene LaGary, the president of Temple Beth Shalom, was joined by Jorge Bernal in making the […]

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A Yiddish literature expert in western Canada

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-Fifteenth in a Series- By Donald H. Harrison LETHBRIDGE, Alberta, Canada – It’s a matter of happy circumstance that Lethbridge is the first Canadian city of moderate size that a traveler from U.S. Interstate 15 will connect with after crossing the U.S.-Canada border. My grandson Shor and I, making a trip from the bottom of […]

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