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The possessions of Iraqi Jews

A year from now, the United States is scheduled to return to Iraq a trove of Jewish artifacts the U.S. military discovered in Baghdad after it overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003. Included within the historic materials are thousands of what were badly damaged holy books — the oldest from the 16th century — which were shipped to the United States, restored and digitized.
Wednesday 09/20/2017
The possessions of Iraqi Jews
Posted: September 20, 2017

A year from now, the United States is scheduled to return to Iraq a trove of Jewish artifacts the U.S. military discovered in Baghdad after it overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003. Included within the historic materials are thousands of what were badly damaged holy books — the oldest from the 16th century — which were shipped to the United States, restored and digitized.

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Wednesday 09/13/2017
Israel approves ‘Gospel Trail’ cable car
Posted: September 13, 2017

Israel’s cabinet has approved the construction of the “Gospel Trail” cable car that, when completed, will run between Upper Nazareth and the lower slopes of Mount Tabor in order to enhance access to Christian tourist sites in the area.

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Ancient Hebrew seals from Judean kingdom unearthed
Posted: September 13, 2017

A collection of First Temple-period seals has been discovered during excavations in Jerusalem’s City of David.

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The importance of educating our children
Posted: September 13, 2017

Parshah Nitzavim-Vayelech, Deuteronomy 29:9–31:30

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Why do bad hurricanes happen to good people?
Posted: September 13, 2017

Why do bad hurricanes happen to good people?

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Searching for meaning from an unsettling year
Posted: September 13, 2017

Irma. Harvey. Charlottesville. They are the names given to three extraordinary and deadly events, which all happened in the last few weeks. And that’s only a small part of the past chaotic year — in our politics, in our society and in our environment.

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Wednesday 09/06/2017
How to help Houston
Posted: September 06, 2017

The size and devastation of Hurricane Harvey came as a surprise. The scenes of catastrophic flooding were barely comprehensible as one of the nation’s largest cities appeared to sink beneath unrelenting rainfall. Four feet of rain fell on Houston, the greatest amount of precipitation from a tropical system in the continental United States.

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What I do matters, especially today
Posted: September 06, 2017

When I saw the images and heard the video of the young white supremacist men parading with lit torches around the campus of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, my thoughts returned to another massacre on the streets of the quiet southern town of Greensboro, North Carolina, my home for 20 years.

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Wednesday 08/30/2017
Complaining rabbis got outmaneuvered by Trump
Posted: August 30, 2017

What is a Jewish group supposed to do when it wants to make a principled statement to the president of the United States? How aggressive should it be? And how carefully should its members consider the political ramifications of what they are doing?

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Where are the Confederate Jewish monuments?
Posted: August 30, 2017

The Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville was ostensibly about protecting the Robert E. Lee statue. It included demonstrators chanting, “Jews will not replace us” and the Nazi slogan “blood and soil.”

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Wednesday 08/23/2017
Bye bye Bannon
Posted: August 23, 2017

Alternately described in the press as a political Svengali, the id of President Donald Trump and the soul of the arch-conservative wing of the Republican Party, Stephen K. Bannon was the White House man many in the Jewish community both feared and loved to hate. During and after last year’s presidential campaign, Bannon’s Breitbart News was seen as the mouthpiece of the so-called “alt-right” coalition of white nationalists and die-hard conservatives which peddled conspiracy theories harkening back to tired racist and anti-Semitic tropes.

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