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A Twisted Thing: An Interfaith Story

interfaith - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
From JewsForJudaism.org


Note: The following letter was sent to us by a visitor to our site in response to an earlier “issue“. We invite others to share their viewpoints with us.

The pasuk (verse) says: A twisted thing cannot be straightened, and that which is missing cannot be numbered. (Koheles 1:15).


My story is a different sort of an interfaith story. It does not include struggling with the December dilemma or deciding whether the children should go to church or temple, or Christmas trees and latkes, or “a celebration of our differences.”

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John V. Lindsay Builds a Sukkah

celebrating-judaism - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am

For more articles, recipes, crafts, and Sukkot ideas visit Jvillage Network's Sukkot & Simchat Torah Guide.
 


By Jeffrey F. Taffet for Tablet Magazine


How a liberal mayor learned to embrace Jews’ international and cultural concerns to court their vote, and changed New York City politics


On the eve of the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot, with the 2017 New York City mayoral contest already in full swing, it is instructive to reflect on the impact that a similar coincidence had on a mayor’s race nearly 50 years ago, and on the nature and influence of the solidly Democratic yet independent-minded Jewish political base that proved decisive in that election. In 1969, New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay needed Jewish voters to win his reelection bid. But in the months before the election, survey and anecdotal evidence suggested that Jewish support at the polls would not be forthcoming. Many Jews had come to believe that Lindsay had not been effective and, more importantly, that he had little interest in supporting their particular interests.

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An elevator tech that could save lives in a high-rise fire

green-living - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c

 

Seventeen years after 9/11, an Israeli startup is testing its solution to turn the elevator into a traveling ‘safe room’ that can facilitate rescue operations.

 

When there’s a fire in a high-rise building, safety rules dictate that you don’t take the elevator. You head for the stairs instead. But what if using the elevator could actually be the fastest – and safest – way to evacuate a building on fire?

 

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In ‘Tracking Edith,’ how an Austrian Jewish woman turned unpaid Communist spy

featured-articles - Mon, 09/24/2018 - 12:00am
By ANNE JOSEPH for The Times of Israel


Released this summer in the UK and screening in Tel Aviv in March, Peter Jungk’s documentary on his mysterious photographer great aunt is a dark picture of Soviet espionage


LONDON — Every family has its secrets, says writer and director Peter Stephan Jungk at the opening of his gripping documentary, “Tracking Edith.” His family’s was revealed only decades later.


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