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Articles from the August 14, 2020 edition

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Palestinian arsonists scorch the biblical heartland of Israel

Arab arsonists set fire to the ancient Susya archaeological site in Judea during Tisha B'Av. "This is among the activities of our 'peaceful neighbors' when they aren't building on our land," said...

 

Massive explosions rock Beirut, killing dozens and injuring hundreds

(JNS) - A massive fire, followed by an enormous explosion, rocked Beirut on Tuesday, causing a mushroom-cloud-shaped shockwave damaging nearby buildings, including the official residence of the Lebane...

 

USC student leader resigns

(LOS ANGELES, CA) - StandWithUs is disappointed to learn that a Jewish student at University of Southern California has stepped down from student government as a result of anti-Semitic harassment...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    August 14, 2020

Philly Fed says no to local NAACP

By Marcy Oster (JTA) — The Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia said it will not work with the local chapter of the NAACP over “an alarming amount of bigoted and anti-Jewish sentiments” on his social media channels and the mosque he...

 

Enhance your understanding of the Middle East with Avi Melamed, hosted by Temple Israel

Join Avi Melamed, one of Israel's most respected intelligence analysts in Middle East affairs, for the third and final installment in his lecture series hosted by Temple Israel's Adult Education Commi...

 

There will be a 2020 Hanukkah stamp

Ronald Scheiman, who tracks the annual Chanukah stamp, stated that there would be a 2020 stamp, the date of issue has not been announced. “However, it should be sometime in October,” he said. The...

 

Where there's a will, there's a way

Kudos to Michelle Bilsky, Jewish Pavilion volunteer extraordinaire. Bilsky has been able to continue to provide monthly Shabbat lunches at Lutheran Towers, even during the pandemic, because she works...

 

Tlaib says she's not endorsing Biden, or maybe anyone, for president

(JNS) — Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) said on Monday that she would not endorse the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. In fact, it’s not clear that she will be endorsing any candidate at all....

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 14, 2020

Full scope of Beirut disaster 'still not understood,' states former Israeli military intelligence chief

(JNS) - A day after two blasts - one of them an enormous - ripped through Beirut, causing untold destruction, it's still not possible to grasp the true scope of the calamity, a former Israeli...

 

Israeli, US defense firms announce plans for US production of Iron Dome

(JNS) - Raytheon Missiles & Defense and Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. announced on Monday that they have agreed to establish a joint venture to produce Iron Dome weapon systems in the...

 

Advice to Jewish celebs: Grow up!

(JNS) — I have a Jerry Seinfeld question. Why do Jewish celebrities keep whining about their parents? Popular actor-comedian-director Seth Rogen ignited an Internet firestorm with his recent complaint that his parents “fed [him] a huge amount of...

 

Farrakhan betrays today's black slaves

(JNS) — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan is now the most popular and dangerous anti-Semite in America. Neo-Nazis and white supremacists are surely a problem for Jews, but polite society rejects them. Their best effort to date — a “nationa...

 

Coronavirus is not America's only sickness

The pandemic has brought about extreme modifications to our everyday living and how we relate to family, friends and community. Government at every level is scampering, and for the most part failing to find effective policy initiatives and to...

 

The progressive world: An antechamber to evil

(JNS) — After days of anti-Semitic rants on social media, the “Grime” rapper Wiley has finally been barred from Twitter and Facebook following outrage by Jews and others that he was allowed to use these platforms for his vicious incitement....

 

The community-relations outreach trap

(JNS) — Maybe everything would be better if we could all go for walks in the woods with people who say or tweet hateful and deeply offensive things. Then again, maybe the Jewish community would be better off if those who represent it weren’t...

 

What's Happening

MORNING MINYANS (Please note, because of the coronavirus, all minyans have been canceled or held virtually.) Chabad of South Orlando — Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. and 10 minutes before sunset; Saturday, 9:30 a.m.; Sunday, 8:15 a.m., 407-354-3660....

 

Netanyahu agrees to delay budget deadline, staving off new elections

(JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he had agreed to support legislation that would delay the collapse of the government by putting off the deadline for passing the state budget. The bill, proposed by the Derech...

 

Abbott's chocolate almond ice cream - and don't skimp on the almonds!

How will I celebrate a milestone birthday during the pandemic? That hoped-for week away with my family is out. A party at my home is out. Heck, my husband, Larry, and I can't even head to my favorite...

 

Generations of dreams coming true upon touchdown

Recently I came across photos taken 30 years ago this summer. During that time, I was privileged to greet several planeloads of new immigrants from the former Soviet Union landing in Israel,...

 

Bat Mitzvah - Paige Isabel Rosenblatt

Paige Isabel Rosenblatt, daughter of Jessica and Seth Rosenblatt of Altamonte Springs, Fla., will be called to the Torah as a bat mitzvah on Aug. 22, 2020, at the Congregation of Reform Judaism....

 

'Hello Darkness, My Old Friend' recounts a blind man's friendship with Art Garfunkel

(Pittsburgh Jewish Chronicle via JTA) - Sandy Greenberg recalls walking along Amsterdam Avenue in New York City with his best friend Arthur back in 1959 after they had just completed a humanities...

 

Scene Around

Oy, what memories! ... I'm sure I don't have to tell you that, because of Covid-19, I (and many of you) spend day after day after day at home, watching television and going batty with boredom ......

 

Former NFL running back blames 'Jewish cabal' for abuses in world

(JNS) - Former NFL star running back Larry Johnson has posted a series of anti-Semitic tweets, one of which blamed "the Jewish cabal" for human trafficking, sex trafficking, pedophilia, ritualistic...

 

Jacob's Sheep Come Home

Over the past century, Jews and Christians have celebrated the return of the Jewish people to the Biblical Land of Israel, a restoration prophetic proportion. More recently, this return was...

 

Icelandic Jewish cookies: A dessert with a fascinating story to tell

You've heard of the wandering Jew, but have you heard of the wandering Jewish cookie? As Jews move from country to country, they pick up recipes, spices and dishes along the way. Sometimes, even...

 

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