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Joshua Tree invokes a biblical horror

  By Donald H. Harrison JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, California – The story is told on this national park’s website that Mormon travelers gave the Joshua Tree its name: “Legend has it that these pioneers named the tree after the biblical figure, Joshua, seeing the limbs of the tree as outstretched in supplication, guiding the […]

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A journey into Jewish Orthodoxy

The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith by Judy Gruen, She Writes Press, © 2017; ISBN 978-1-63152-302-1; 219 pages, $16.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – Author Judy Gruen grew up in a more-or-less Conservative Jewish home, but after falling in love with Jeff, who was embarked upon a journey toward […]

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Artisans re-purpose materials; also their lives

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – At the annual artisans’ fair at Temple Emanu-El, one often meets people who re-purpose their materials, and in some cases, those who have re-purposed their lives. Harvey and Carol Korfin, for example, sell glass specialty items as well as clocks mounted interestingly on old computer boards. Before turning […]

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Israeli editor tells which U.S. Presidents Israelis liked

By Donald H. Harrison LA JOLLA, California — It is not the U.S. president’s political party that determines how well he is liked in Israel, rather it is how empathetic he is toward the Jewish state, Times of Israel founding editor David Horovitz commented Thursday night at the Men’s Event of the Jewish Federation of […]

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IDF reservists tell of their outreach to Arabs, Jews

  By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO –Of course, Israeli Reserve soldiers Ilan and Iyyar can talk about war.  Israelis grow up with the threat of it.  After high school, young men and women alike are conscripted into the Army, where they learn how to defend their country against external threats.  Iyyar, in fact, has […]

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Telling the stories of Israel and Jews through philately

  By Donald H. Harrison EL CAJON, California – We can thank a Sunday school teacher in Buffalo, New York, for the fact that Donald Chafetz of El Cajon is one of the best-known authorities in the United States on stamps and postal covers of Israel and environs. Chafetz, editor of The Israel Philatelist, an […]

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La Jolla walkway named for Walter Munk, 100

  By Donald H. Harrison LA JOLLA, California–Famed oceanographer Walter Munk  predicted that a beach walkway named for him Wednesday on the eve of his upcoming 100th birthday won’t survive as long as he has unless nations cooperate to fight climate change by converting fossil fuels into renewable energy. At a ceremony at Kellogg Park […]

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A Jewish story everywhere? Yes, along the I-8

SAN DIEGO (SDJW) — The motto of San Diego Jewish World, a daily news website edited and published by Donald H. Harrison, is that “There is a Jewish Story Everywhere.” To demonstrate the concept, Harrison decided to follow the Interstate 8 east from its origin at the Pacific coastline to the Imperial County border 77 […]

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Creative students design, build JFS sukkah

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – The temporary structures, or sukkahs, in which Jews celebrate the holiday of Sukkot typically are thrown up by Jewish families or congregations to partake in celebratory communal meals and to welcome strangers to our community. However, the sukkah just recently built at the Jewish Family Service (JFS) campus […]

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The Mt. Soledad cross case in retrospect

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO—Morris Casuto, the retired executive director of the San Diego Region’s Anti-Defamation League, suggests that in retrospect San Diego’s quarter-century-long battle over the Mt. Soledad Cross was a win for civil government. Originally, the large Latin cross atop Mount Soledad was upon public property.  Several levels of courts declared that […]

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Unique calendar can tell yahrzeits far into the future

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Former high school physics teacher Fred Reiss has liked series of numbers since he was a little boy.  He recalls that he was approximately six years old when he would stand on the front porch of his aunt’s house in South Philadelphia and count the number of students […]

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Tijuana Innovadora bolsters border city’s image

By Donald H. Harrison TIJUANA, Mexico –Tijuana philanthropist Jose “Pepe” Galicot says when he was a child, his Sephardic Jewish family was so poor that when they moved from Mexico City to Tijuana, they couldn’t afford to buy food.  So, they packed enough from home for what they thought would last for five days, but […]

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Spy novel finally makes it to the movies

By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO — Author Howard Kaplan wandered 40 years through the movie desert, but unlike Moses, he’s going to enter the Promised Land.  At the upcoming Boston Film Festival, on Sept. 23, the successful spy novel he published in 1977—The Damascus Cover—will finally be premiered as a movie starring Jonathan Rhys […]

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A short story book to keep you in your chair

Timeless Travels: Tales of Mystery, Intrigue, Humor and Enchantment by Joseph Rotenberg, Gefen Publishing House © 2017; ISBN 9789652-299154; 358 pages, $24.95. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – I haven’t finished reading all of Timeless Travels, and that, in part, is because I like to draw out my reading pleasure, rather than rush it. […]

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