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Enough with ‘Bibi’

25 Av 5773 – July 31, 2013
A mother doesn’t tend to call the man who freed the murderer of her child "Bibi."

Federal Judge Dismisses Alan Gross’ Lawsuit against Government

21 Sivan 5773 – May 29, 2013
A federal judge dismissed on Tuesday a lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by Alan Gross, the American-Jewish contractor imprisoned in Cuba since 2009. Judge...

Report: Muslim Countries ‘Worst Violators of Religious Freedom’

1 Sivan 5773 – May 10, 2013
But not to worry – the State Department has issued indefinite waivers on taking any action against Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia.

US State Dep’t: Alan Gross Begins Fourth Year of Unjust Imprisonment

20 Kislev 5773 – December 3, 2012
The Cuban government should release Alan Gross and return him to his family, where he belongs.

Wiesenthal Center Officials Ask Ecuador to Intercede for Alan Gross

28 Heshvan 5773 – November 13, 2012
Officials of the Simon Wiesenthal Center met with Ecuadorian authorities to seek their support in asking Cuba to release American prisoner Alan Gross. The meetings...

Three US Jews Still Held Hostage Overseas

9 Heshvan 5773 – October 24, 2012
“There are, I think, almost 3,000 Americans in foreign jails. Almost all of them are in there for doing something.” That is the assessment given to JNS.org by U.S. Rep. Bob Turner (R-NY), a leading advocate for the freedom of 53-year-old Brooklyn flooring contractor Jacob Ostreicher – who, according to his supporters, is wrongly imprisoned in Bolivia and therefore falls outside the “almost 3,000 Americans” cited by Turner.

Jewish Contractor in Cuban Jail May Have Tumor

18 Tishri 5773 – October 3, 2012
Jailed Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross may have a cancerous tumor that needs to be treated, his lawyer said. Gross has an unidentified mass behind his...

It’s My Opinion: A Perilous Journey

30 Av 5772 – August 17, 2012
A dilapidated old boat recently came ashore in South Florida. The rickety vessel was a small, old fishing boat. Eighteen passengers were crammed aboard. Its engine was recycled from an old Soviet automobile and had a fuel leak. A tree branch propped up the sail. The hull was cracked.

An Interview with Rabbi Moshe Zuriel

4 Iyyar 5772 – April 25, 2012
Rabbi Zuriel: "With the ingathering of the exiles, we need a Sanhedrin to implement various changes since Judaism is a developing matter; it's supposed to be dynamic. He showed me in one of his works twenty items that the Tosafot changed. Today however, he added, we're like the Karaites, we don’t want to change.

Alan Gross Revelations Could Hamper Campaign For His Release

30 Shevat 5772 – February 22, 2012
WASHINGTON – For the Jews of Cuba, it was the ultimate Internet connection. The high-tech equipment that U.S. contractor Alan Gross brought with him to Cuba in 2009 to help connect local Jews to the Internet reportedly included a SIM card that makes it almost impossible to track satellite signals and is generally unavailable to civilians, even in the United States.

At Catcher… Myron Ginsberg

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
Sixty years ago and fifty years ago. 1952 and 1962. They were memorable years for many of us.

Anusim/Crypto Jewish Conference Scheduled

18 Tevet 5772 – January 12, 2012
On January 2, 1492 the queen and king of Spain, Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon, signed the Edict of Expulsion of the Jews. It is estimated that 300,000 Jews lived in the country and only one third managed to get out and continue practicing their faith.

They Said What?! Exposing the ‘Mainstream’ Media

3 Tevet 5772 – December 28, 2011
The Media Research Center is out with its annual Best Notable Quotables awards – a compilation of the most outrageous and/or unintentionally revealing news media quotes from December 2010 through November 2011.

Title: The Scattered Tribe: Traveling the Diaspora from Cuba to India to Tahiti &...

20 Heshvan 5772 – November 17, 2011
There are three kinds of travelers: there are tourists, there are businesspeople, and then there are historians like Ben G. Frank. The last kind doesn’t simply go from here to there. They try to relive history and find the real meaning behind what they experience.

It’s My Opinion: Freedom

17 Av 5770 – July 28, 2010
A boat was intercepted in the Florida Straits on July 13. A surveillance plane spotted the vessel and directed the U.S. Coast Guard to intervene. The boat held a passenger who had fled the island of Cuba.He was parched and exhaustedand was said to have been adrift for weeks. Rescuers were shocked to see that the seven-foot craft was made of Styrofoam.

It’s My Opinion: Never Again

14 Tevet 5770 – December 30, 2009
In 1939 the Nazi regime was gaining a terrifying momentum. Nine-hundred-and-thirty Jews tried to flee the nightmare that was about to descend. The SS St. Louis sailed from Germany. The terrified passengers knew what was happening. They were desperate.

It’s My Opinion: Missiles

7 Nisan 5769 – April 1, 2009
The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis was a frightening time. U.S. President John F. Kennedy confronted Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev on the missile bases that Khrushchev was building in Cuba. The rockets were aimed at America.

Taking The Diaspora’s Portrait

16 Tishri 5769 – October 15, 2008
Walking through Chrystie Sherman's solo show at the Austrian Embassy in Washington will almost inevitably make viewers rethink their notions not only of what it means to be a Jew, but also what Jews look like.

Parshat Vayeitzei

8 Kislev 5767 – November 29, 2006
October 1962 was almost the end of the world. For 13 days the world teetered on the brink of nuclear war.

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