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Eger: How to survive evil and restore emotional freedom

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger; Scribner, 289 pages including index; $27. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This book, no doubt, will be remembered as important for going beyond the realm of a  Holocaust memoir and becoming a Holocaust life lesson. For Eger, the retelling of her experiences at […]

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JNF holds a pre- inauguration for Lizerbram

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—An outdoor party at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel on Monday night celebrated San Diegan Sol Lizerbram’s approaching inauguration in November as national president of Jewish National Fund.  The organization, noted Russell Robinson, its executive director, is 115 years old and going strong.  In fact, it is in the middle of […]

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Surprise klezmer music in a French church

By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson DOMEYROT, France –Spending  part of the summer in central France has constituted our annual vacation for several years now. We enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, the beautiful scenery, and the cooler weather. If there are any musical events we are happy to attend them, but they are not the main reason for our […]

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Humoring the headlines: August 21, 2017

By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO−Trump Tweets that General Kelly deleted before they were sent. * I heeded great advice from my amazing generals to dispatch more troops to Afghanistan.  Vlad also assured me that it worked wonders for Russia when it was fighting there.  He never deceives me.  BFF! * Best solar eclipse the world […]

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What does Jewish tradition say about eclipses?

By Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel CHULA VISTA, California — This past week, some of my congregants asked me: What does Jewish tradition have to say about solar eclipses? Like many ancient peoples, the Jews did not develop a scientific understanding of eclipses until much later in its history. Before we examine what exactly Jewish tradition […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Solar eclipses

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Some rabbinic sages say that solar eclipses are bad for gentiles, while lunar eclipses are bad for Jews (based on the idea that gentiles follow a solar calendar, while Jews follow a lunar calendar). In the Gemara Sukkah 29a, it says “When the sun is eclipsed it is […]

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How long can Trump, Netanyahu stay in office?

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — What’ll it take to get rid of Trump? It won’t be easy. It shouldn’t be, given his election. One should be careful of messing the aura of legitimacy, even for a boor who can’t express a sentence in his native language, has flirted with a government considered a serious antagonist […]

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Jewish community day with the Padres

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – The Jewish community day at Petco Park would have been better if the Padres had won instead of losing 4-1 to the Washington Nationals, but still there was much to enjoy: New hats with Padres inscribed in Hebrew and the Flag of Israel emblazoned above the bill; kosher […]

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‘Just kidding’: Trump’s Rosh Hashanah message

By Joel H. Cohen NEW YORK — President Trump salutes the Jewish people and threatens “sackcloth and ashes” for any person or group that does harm to a Jewish individual or people. These themes emerged in the just-leaked first draft of the president’s prepared Rosh Hashanah message to Jews everywhere. He dedicates his remarks “to […]

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Parallel tsuris in Israel and the U.S.

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — Neither of the societies that I have called my own are at peace. Neither are they at war. It’s something in between, with enough tension to cause us to think, or at least to wonder. Here there continues the almost daily efforts of Arabs or Palestinians–whatever term is appropriate–to kill […]

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Hamlet is a dram that we drink to the dregs

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Elsinore Castle, Denmark: A giant suit of armor fit for Goliath stands in silent sentry when a dashing Hamlet slips a note into the gauntlet like a prayer at the Western Wall. I’d seen Hamlet before, but Grantham Coleman’s portrayal is now my favorite. He charms with his […]

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These little lights of ours: Notes from the Unity Vigil

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — Sunday night, the organizations Indivisible, Together We Will and the Interfaith Council organized a Unity Vigil in response to the White Supremacist rally in Charlotteville, Virginia. One woman, Hether Heyer was murdered and nineteen others were injured by a terrorist who rammed his car into a crowd of […]

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Jewish trivia quiz: Netanyahu and Trump

By Mark D. Zimmerman MELVILLE, New York — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is under multiple investigations that may lead to criminal charges. Echoing Donald Trump, Netanyahu has called the charges “fake news” and the investigations “a witch hunt.” What else has Netanyahu said in the past that seems to echo Donald Trump?   A. “Will we […]

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Why isn’t Japan as repentant as Germany?

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — We recently had the pleasure of hosting a family of Japanese friends on our balcony. Along with the view, extending 35 miles to the lights of Amman, in contrast with their Tokyo view to the nearby apartment house, we talked at length, as we have done in the past, about […]

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