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In Memoriam: Elie Wiesel

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Wiesel Knew His Torah and Israel’s History

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In a week of pain and sorrow, the Jewish people lost Hallel Ariel, a 13-year-old girl who was killed as she innocently slept in her Kiryat Arba home last Thursday.

Rabbi Miki Mark, a father of 10, was killed in a drive-by shooting near Hebron the following day.

Then we emerged from Shabbos to learn of the death of Elie Wiesel, one of the great witnesses of the Holocaust and an outspoken voice against genocide and oppression.

World leaders eulogized the late Nobel laureate whose first book, “Night,” enabled those detached from its horror to better understand the Holocaust through his place as a survivor and as a witness.

As is the case in our upside-down world, even an icon like...

Celebrating Our Children During Graduation Season

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We at The Jewish Link are proud of so many things about our community. We wouldn’t work here if we weren’t interested in championing our community institutions, if we didn’t want to highlight our successes, share our strengths and celebrate our solid-gold children. Mourning our community’s losses comes with our roles as well, and from these experiences, such as the loss of Gary Turkel, z”l, this past week, our emunah is tested. But we choose communal support over mourning privately in sad times as well, and perhaps we also learn to hold our dear ones a little tighter and celebrate passages more vibrantly, when we face such sadness.

In sharp contrast, this time of year is...

World NewsBriefs

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Netanyahu and Lieberman Sign Deal to Expand Israeli Governing Coalition

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A deal to bring Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s governing coalition was signed Wednesday. Lieberman and fellow Yisrael Beiteinu Member of Knesset Sofa Landver are set to be sworn in as government ministers May 30—Lieberman as defense minister and Landver as immigrant absorption minister.

The deal expands the Likud party-led coalition in the Israeli Knesset from 61 to 66 MKs out of the legislative body’s 120 members. Netanyahu and Lieberman held a joint press conference Wednesday morning after signing the coalition...

A Folded Flag, Memories and Memorial Day

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In the spring of 2004, a color guard honored Sam Cohen, my deceased father-in-law, with a somber, dignified salute.

Sgt. Samuel Cohen served in a medical capacity in France, landing there in the days following Normandy.

He and his one and only, Shirley, my mother-in-law, were living their retirement years in Surprise, Arizona, when he passed away.

The color guard meticulously folded the American flag draped over Sam’s coffin and presented it on “behalf of a grateful nation” to Shirley and her two daughters, my wife Lisa and her sister Susan.

This past March, Shirley, now living in Baltimore, suffered a broken neck when falling in her new apartment, the very day she was moving...

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