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Karen N. Bodney-Halasz, Guest Columnist

Nov. 4, 1995, was a pivotal day for me.

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Todah rabah

I want to thank PrayerWorks, and Rickie Haith as facilitator, for 20 years of dedicated service and prayers to so many people within our Jewish community. They have been there as a source of strength, hope and encouragement.

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Rabbinical Association speaks up against hate

On Aug. 12, the country witnessed a gathering of White supremacist groups in Charlottesville, Virginia, to shout hate as loudly as possible.

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The news coming out of Israel, and here in the U.S., this summer leaves all peace-loving people in shock. A 19-year-old, a person in the prime of life, walks into a Jewish home on Friday night with premeditated desire to kill innocent people.

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‘Safety Net’ for all

Governor Brownback proclaimed Aug. 13-19 as Primary Care Safety Net Clinic Week, a time to recognize primary care clinics providing a “safety net” for all, including the most vulnerable Kansans – the uninsured and underserved.

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“The Weight of Ink,” 

by Rachel Kadish, 

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28 hardcover, June 6, 2017

Riveting narrative, well-honed characters, emotionally rewarding novel, rich detail, suspenseful.

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Doesn’t pass the smell test

I recently read an article by New York Times columnist Bret Stephens headlined “President Jabberwock and the Jewish Right.” In it he addresses Jews who voted for Donald Trump. I have argued against voting for anyone for president of the U.S. based on a single issue, claiming that such a vote ignores the critical elements of competence, integrity, judgment and moral compass.

More specifically, I cannot understand how any Jew could vote for Trump for anything. There was plenty of factual information about him available prior to the election, given that he had been in public life for 50 years or more.

Even if one favored his “policies” and promises, it is hard to understand why one would believe that he would or could follow up on them. Jewish values and behavior mandates are nowhere present in Trump’s history or campaign. He was more fascist than any recent presidential candidate.

I disagree strongly with those whose interest in Israel or their own financial wealth determined their vote. There is no evidence that Trump really cares about Israel, and the Jews that I know that may have been concerned about their personal taxes have more than enough wealth to live comfortably.

While Hillary may have had negatives, at least she had many positives. I do not believe that one can say that about Trump.

Donald Trump never passed the smell test, and too many Jews were holding their noses!

 

“Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and 

Finding Joy” 

by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant (Knopf, 2017)

Many of us like to take some extra time during the summer with a good book (or Kindle) in our hands, and hopefully summertime can be a chance to grow Jewishly as well.

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