Saturday, June 25, 2016 Sivan 19, 5776
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Gregg J. Rickman
During the 1990s, the world was seized with stories of Nazi plunder and heirless property from the Holocaust era. Stolen bank accounts, looted artwork, confiscated real estate and payments for slave labor made front-page headlines, were the talk of congressional hearings and became the subject of international diplomacy. By the decade's end, billions of dollars had been returned to survivors...
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Dina Siegel Vann
The upheaval in Iran following the disputed presidential elections has thrust one veteran of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, back into the spotlight. As chairman of the powerful Guardians Council, Rafsanjani could still emerge as a counterweight to the hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. But Rafsanjani is not the moderate many believe him to be. As we...
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Esther Toporek Finder
The Holocaust Era Assets Conference concluded in Prague last month with a moving program at Terezin and a nonbinding declaration emphasizing that survivors' needs in these, their last years, should be treated with more urgency than real estate, art or other restitution issues. Elie Wiesel set the tone brilliantly by asking if the killers should become the victims' heirs --...
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Marcia Bronstein
Fifteen years after a car bomb struck the the hub of Jewish life in Argentina, more questions than answers remain. On July 18, 1994, a busy Monday morning, a white van approached the Argentine Israelite Mutual Aid Association Jewish community center in Buenos Aires and detonated its heavy cargo. The explosion completely destroyed the building. When it was over, 85...
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Ron Wolfson Ron Wolfson
Now that the earthly trial of Bernard Madoff has ended with a sentence of 150 years in prison, he will await his next trial -- the heavenly one. Although eschatology is not emphasized in Judaism, there is a recurring metaphor in rabbinic literature of a "heavenly tribunal," an accounting of one's actions on earth. For 2,000 years, rabbis have imagined...
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