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Chanukah Beer passes amateurs’ taste test

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO– Shmaltz Brewing Company, brewers and bottlers of He-Brew Beer, has issued in time for the Dec. 16-24 Chanukah holiday a new special-label beer. It’s called “Hanukkah, Chanukah Beer,” apparently with an eye toward not taking sides in the age-old debate about how the name of the 8-day holiday should […]

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Is Leichtag Foundation supporting anti- Israel groups?

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Controversial public relations executive Ron Torossian, a pro-Israel activist based in New York City  who was once national president of the North American branch of Betar, on Tuesday, Nov. 18, challenged the Leichtag Foundation in San Diego County to explain its contributions to the New Israel Fund, an […]

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Jewish U.S. Navy pilot shares WWII experiences

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Peter, Bogey, Mike: A Love Story, A War Story, 1942-1945 by Irvin S. Cooper, ©2014 Capitola Book Company, ISBN-13: 978-0-932319-17-3, 289 pages, retail price not listed. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—I ran into author Irvin S. Cooper, a Los Angeles-based  nonagenarian with a remarkable memory of his World War II experiences, at the San […]

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Feinstein contrasts fatalism with Judaism

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By Donald H. Harrison LA JOLLA, California – Rabbi Ed Feinstein, in the closing talk Nov. 16 of  the San Diego Jewish Book Fair, contrasted the Mesopotamian outlook on life with the “chutzpah” that Judaism teaches. Author of The Chutzpah Imperative, Feinstein differentiated “chutzpah” from the popular definition meaning “colossal nerve,” suggesting that in reality […]

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The Holocaust and the Temple Library

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By Sheila Orysiek  SAN DIEGO — In setting up and maintaining a library for a Temple, the librarian is faced with a number of choices as to where to place and how to shape the collection on the Holocaust.  The following are a few of my thoughts on the matter. While it is important to […]

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Shavit: ‘A Marshall Plan for Gaza’

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By Donald H. Harrison ENCINITAS, California—Ari Shavit, the Ha’aretz columnist who seeks a new narrative for Israel in his book My Promised Land,  has called on  Israel to engage in a “Marshall Plan” for the Gaza Strip, while at the same time dealing with Hamas “very strictly.” The Marshall Plan, named for U.S. Secretary of […]

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Author faults Israel for 1979 killing of CIA asset

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  By Donald H. Harrison ENCINITAS, California – A Pulitzer Prize winning historian told attendees of the Jewish Book Fair at Temple Solel here that Israel’s Mossad was wrong in 1979 to assassinate P.L.O. intelligence chief Ali Hassan Salameh notwithstanding the fact that he was suspected of helping to mastermind the murder of Israeli athletes […]

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Children’s Literature review: ‘Gracie’s Night’

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Gracie’s Night: A Hanukkah Story by Lynn Taylor Gordon, Illustrated by Laura Brown, © 2013 Cookie & Nudge Books, , ISBN 978-0-9857353-2-6, 30 pages, $8.95 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—In this beautifully illustrated story, Gracie lives in New York City with her father, who is  a hard-working bus driver, and their dog, cat and […]

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Sophie Tucker ‘memoir’ provides many laughs

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I am Sophie Tucker: A Fictional Memoir by Susan and Lloyd Ecker, © 2014  Prospecta Press, ISBN 978-1-63226-006-9, 400 pages, $27.50 By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – As the back story is told, Susan and Lloyd Ecker went to a Bette Midler concert and heard “The Divine Miss M” pay tribute to her inspiration, […]

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Fewer Jewish senators, reps in new Congress

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Reports from around the country indicate that 10 Jewish senators and 20 Jewish members of the House of Representatives will serve in the next Congress. That is approximately a ten percent decrease from 11 senators and 22 members of the House of Representatives who are currently serving in Congress. […]

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How American elections are conducted

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By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Many readers of San Diego Jewish World live outside the United States so for them, principally, I thought I would provide some insight into how an American election works.  Traditionally, today, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November, is election day, but for weeks preceding the election we […]

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Artisans Festival brings out love for Judaica

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Photos and story by Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—The sanctuary and social hall of Temple Emanu-El were transformed into an exhibit hall for 55 local artisans, with many of them exhibiting Judaica in various media on Sunday, Nov. 2.  I went around to the booths and asked artists offering Judaica for sale why Jewish objects and designs […]

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Prager offers 4 explanations for Jew- hatred

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  By Caren Ford and Donald H. Harrison WESTLAKE VILLAGE, California—Radio commentator and print media columnist Dennis Prager says Israel is isolated in world opinion because it is the “Jewish state.” Prager, in an evening address Thursday, Oct. 30, sponsored by the Conejo Jewish Academy, offered four reasons why Jews and the Jewish state are […]

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There’s sex, and there’s intimacy

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Silent Bird by Reina Lisa Menasche, © 2014, ISBN978-14944-08831, 251 pages. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—Back when I was an undergraduate at UCLA—has it already been more than 50 years?—college men talked hopefully about the mythic “Yale date,” which supposedly had been agreed upon by male and female students at that august institution across […]

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