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New COVID-19 vaccine will help reduce infection from specific variants – 90.5 WESA

Posted By on September 19, 2022

On todays episode of The Confluence: We talk about the widening availability of COVID-19 vaccines that target certain variants of the virus; and a conversation with an organizer and speaker for the second annual Eradicate Hate Summit, which is convening nearly 300 experts in Pittsburgh to talk about solutions to a rise in hate crimes and hateful rhetoric.

Todays guests include: Dr. Amesh Adalja, infectious disease physician and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security; Laura Ellsworth, partner-in-charge of global community service initiatives at Jones Day and co-chair of the summit, and Julie Platt, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America.

New COVID-19 boosters will target the original virus and new variants(0:00 - 8:36)

Earlier this month, the CDC recommended an updated COVID-19 booster shot, called the bivalent vaccine. It was formulated to better target newer variants of the virus. As the weather gets colder and seasonal illnesses return, what can we expect from the updated booster as we head into a new season?

It better reformulates the material in the vaccine to target BA.4 and BA.5, so that when your antibodies are formed against this new vaccine, they form against BA.4 and BA.5 versus the original version of this virus, says Dr. Amesh Adalja, an infectious disease physician and senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.

There is no efficacy data for the new vaccines because they werent tested in humans, but data from mice show the antibody levels are predicted to be protective, says Adalja.

As COVID-19 becomes a seasonal disease, Adalja says the main concern is that hospitals are able to manage the flow of severely affected patients.

We've got to get less focus on cases and just really celebrate the fact that this is now an outpatient illness, says Adalja.

The second Eradicate Hate Summit is convening this week in Pittsburgh(8:48 - 22:30)

In 2021, the Anti-Defamation League tracked a 34% increase in antisemitic attacks, compared to 2020. Other attacks tied to extremism also increased last year.

A global summit is convening in Pittsburgh this week with nearly 300 experts and others motivated to reduce, and perhaps eliminate completely, incidents tied to hate.

Last year, we were very deliberately broad. We went very broad so everyone could see the full landscape, says Laura Ellsworth, co-chair of the summer and partner-in-charge of global community service initiatives at Jones Day. This year, we're going deep, so we have seven tracks that are focused on specific issues of particular interest, which include things like [the] rise of hate among young people.

Julie Platt, board chair of the Jewish Federations of North America and will be giving a keynote at the conference.

What I hope will go forward from this summit is partnerships that grow and that see it and that identify it, says Platt. If we can address it as partners, understanding that hate, sadly, has a lot of recipients, and if we can join together to look at what causes it and how we might address it, won't that be better for all of us?

The summit begins today and ends Wednesday.

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Remarks by President Biden at the United We Stand Summit – The White House

Posted By on September 19, 2022

East Room

3:45 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you, Susan. Thank you. Please be seated. Thank you for that introduction.

And, you know, many of you have lost parts of your heart and soul yourselves. And you know that although moments like this, where we are working like the devil to see to it other people dont go through the same thing, as Susan knows, it just brings back everything. Its hard to stand up here when and recall exactly what happened without it all flooding back as if its happening again.

So, Susan, thank you not only for your words, but for your courage. I really mean it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. (Applause.)

Through your pain, youve found purpose worthy of the life that Heather lived and purpose to help us stand united as she did.

And thats what so many of you have done for so long in your own way as survivors of hate-fueled violence, family, victims, you know, allies and advocates, mayors and community leaders, members of Congress. Your presence is a testament to the truth that we must and we can come together regardless of our backgrounds, our beliefs.

We have to stand united against hate-fueled violence because its real, and you know it better than anyone to affirm that an attack on one group of us is literally an attack on all of us.

I sincerely appreciate all of you joining this first-of-its-kind summit held here in the White House. And I want to thank Ana Navarro and Lisa Ling for participating.

And I want to thank the civil rights organizations that called for such a summit after the evil came to Buffalo four months ago: the National Urban League; the Anti-Defamation League; the Asian Americans Advancing Justice; the League of United Latin Cit- Latin American Citizens; and the National Action Network.

Jill and I my wife Jill and I and shes teaching; thats why shes not here traveled to Buffalo to grieve with families and deliver a message from deep in our nations soul: In America, evil will not win. It will not prevail. (Applause.) Hate will not prevail. And white supremacists will not have the last word. And this venom and violence cannot be the story of our time.

So we convened this summit to make clear what the story of our time must be. It has to be a story in which each and every one of us has a vital role to play. A story a story with this message from the White House: United united united we stand.

Look, I decided to run for President, as Susan knows, after Charlottesville literally, not figuratively. I had no intention of running, I give you my word. I was teaching and I thought that was the best thing for me to do as Chris knows, my colleague from Delaware.

But Charlottesville changed everything, because I believed our story is to unite as people of one nation and one America. When those folks came out of those that field carrying torches the United States of America carrying torches, chanting the same antisemitic bile that was chanted in Germany in the early 30s, accompanied by white supremacists holding Nazi flags. And I thought to myself, My God, this is the United States of America Senator How could it happen?

No, I I really mean it. As my friends in the movement Civil Rights Movement know, I got involved in politics because of civil rights as a kid.

But the idea the idea that in the first quarter of the 20th century wed have people come out of fields carrying torches, Nazi flags and banners, chanting the bile, accompanied by white supremacists, David Duke and his crowd. And an innocent young woman is killed.

When the last guy was asked what did he think, he said he thought there were some fine people on both sides.

Look, folks, there are core values that should bring us together as Americans. And one of them is standing together against hate, racism, bigotry, and violence that have long haunted and plagued our nation.

Another core value is standing united, for the enduring source of our strength is the idea of America. Were the most unique nation in the world.

Every other nation is based on ethnicity, geography. In America, were based on an idea literally, not figuratively an idea. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all [women and] men are created equalendowed by the[ir] Creator et cetera.

Weve never lived up to that, but we never before walked away from it. We never walked away from it.

Thats why its so important what youre doing. Its so important that we keep hollering. Its so important for people to know thats not who we are.

You know, I do a lot of foreign travel in my business. (Laughter.) I spend an awful lot of time and I know virtually every head of state. When I went to the first G7 meeting in England of the largest democracies in the world, I sat down and I said you know and have heard me say this before, Rev I said, America is back. You know what these leaders said around a small table with no press there? For how long? For how long?

The combination of January the 6th, what they saw in Charlottesville: Thats not America, not who we are.

The idea of America is it guarantees that everyone everyone is treated with dignity and equality. An idea that ensures an inclusive, multi-racial democracy. An idea that we give no safe harbor none to hate.

While weve never, as I said, fully lived up to the idea, weve never walked away from it before.

Look, Im not nave. Kamala and I traveled to Atlanta to grieve with Asian American residents. Violence against the community rose during this pandemic. Too many people fearful just walking the streets in America.

Jewish High Holidays approach. Families will gather for reflection under the shadow of the rise of antisemitism just four years after the attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh the deadliest act of antisemitism in our nations history.

This summer, 31 white supremacists in Idaho were stopped from unleashing hateful violence just before they reached a Pride celebration, a threat following a record year of violence against transgender Americans.

Today, with the fall semester starting, we are joined by presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities who should be able to focus on providing the best experience possible for their students, but instead are having to worry about more bomb threats against their institutions.

Too often, Native Americans, disabled Americans face harassment, discrimination, and violence and victimization.

Unfortunately, such hate-fueled violence and threats are not new to America.

There is a through-line of hate from massacres of Indigenous people, to the original sin of slavery, the terror of the Klan, to anti-imm- anti-immigration violence against the Irish, Italians, Chinese, Mexicans, and so many others laced throughout our history.

There is a through-line of violence against religious groups: antisemitic, anti-Catholic, anti-Mormon, anti-Muslim, anti-Hindu, anti-Sikh.

Look, folks, and that through-line of hate never fully goes away. It only hides.

As I said before, when I was Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, I felt really good that I got the extension of the Voting Rights Act for 25 years even got Strom Thurmond to vote for it. (Laughter.) No, not a joke. And I thought I thought, Well, you know, hate can be defeated.

But it only hides. And when given any oxygen, it comes out from under the rocks.

In the last few years, its been given much too much oxygen in our politics, in our media, and on the Internet; too much hate all for power and profit. Thats the part we dont thats changed a little bit. Its about power and profit.

Too much hate thats fueled extremist violence thats been allowed to fester and grow.

You know, as a result, our very own intelligence agencies our own intelligence agencies in the United States of America have determined that domestic terrorism rooted in white supremacy is the greatest terrorist threat to our Homeland today.

Ive been around a while. I never thought Id hear that or say that.


We need to say it clearly and forcefully: White supremacy, all forms of hate fueled by violence have no place in America.

Failure to call it out is complicity. My dad would say, If youre silent, its complicity. We cant remain silent.

Theres always the saying: If we bring this up, we just divide the country. Bring it up. We silence it, instead of remaining in silence. For in silence, wounds deepen. We have to face the good, the bad, and the truth. Thats what great nations do, and were a great nation.

So, we flace [sic] at this we face at this moment, in my view, an inflection point, one of those moments that determine the shape of everything thats going to come after.

Our great-grandchildren are going to look back and decide whether or not in this two-, four-, six-, eight-year period we stepped up. Because the world is changing.

As the Irish poet said, All changed, changed utterly: A terrible beauty [has been] born.

We must choose to be a nation of hope, unity, and optimism or a nation of fear and division and hate. And we choose as we do, we know this: Hate-fueled violence is born into the fertile soil of a toxic division.

And we wont solve the problem by going after the extreme fringes alone. We have to confront the ways in which our toxic divisions fuel this crisis for all of us our differences.

Certainly, dont turn a fellow American into a sworn enemy. Building bridges across divides doesnt mean were sacrificing our own beliefs and our core values. To be a nation of hope and unity and optimism, we have to recognize that there are not were not helpless in the face of hate and fuel violence.

Were far more united than were divided, but we have to focus on it.

In fact, the vast majority of Americans are overwhelmingly united against such violence. The vast majority of us believe in honesty, decency, and respect for others, patriotism, liberty, justice for all, hope, and possibilities.

And I know we can do this together. I really mean it. We can do this together.

Last year, with Susan here at the White House, I signed a bipartisan COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act that included provisions named after Heather that are going to help state and local law enforcement better identify and respond to hate crimes.

Earlier this summer, I signed into law a Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, the first major gun safety legislation in 30 years. (Applause.) It will help keep weapons out of the hands of people who engage in hate and rage and make them dangerous to themselves and to others.

And Im going to say it again: I am not going to stop until we ban assault weapons. (Applause.) We have to ban assault weapons. I mean it. We did it once before. And when we did,mass crimes plummeted.

My first day in office, I directed my national security and homeland security team to develop a first-ever national strategy for countering domestic terrorism. The goal was to improve and enhance our understanding of this growing threat within our country, prevent people from being mobilized to violence, to counter the relentless exploitation of the Internet to recruit and mobilize domestic terrorism.

And theres more we have to do together for the whole-of-government approach and the whole-of-nation approach.

Thats why today were launching a new White House initiative on hate-motivated violence. Were going to use every federal resource available to help communities counter hate-fueled violence, build resilience, and foster greater national unity.

For example, trainings on identifying, reporting, and combating hate-fueled violence for local law enforcement agencies, workplaces, and houses of worship; partnerships with schools that help them address bullying and harassment.

Im calling for a new era of national service through organizations like AmeriCorps to foster stronger communities and bridge divides in our society.

And Im calling on Congress to do its part: raise the living allowance for national service positions to the equivalent of $15 an hour. (Applause.) This would make national service an accessible pathway to success for more Americans of all backgrounds.

Pass my budget to increase funding to protect nonprofits and houses of worship from hate-fueled violence. (Applause.) And hold social media platforms accountable for spreading hate and fueled violence. (Applause.)

And Im calling on Congress to get rid of special immunity for social media companies and impose much stronger transparency requirements on all of them. (Applause.)

But, folks, its not just the federal government that can act. Everyone has a role to play in this story. Whether youre a researcher seeking to understand the causes of hate-fueled violence, a philanthropist seeking to fund that research, or a concerned neighbor bearing witness to it and most collectively condemn those seeking mainstream violence or the threat of violence.

Look, as part of this summit, nonprofit organizations like the Interfaith America, Habitat for Humanity, and the YMCA are launching new nationwide training to teach 10,000 Americans how to become bridge builders in their communities.

And the U.S. Conference of Mayors is spearheading a compact with over 150 mayors Democrats, Republicans, and independents to address hate-fueled violence in their communities.

And today, a group of philanthropic leaders are announcing theyll mobilize $1 billion investment toward building a culture of respect, peace, and cooperation in our civic life. (Applause.)

But, folks, this is just the beginning. A new bipartisan initiative,, will take this nation and the national conversation we launched today on the road across all 50 states and the District of Columbia territories, Tribal lands to listen and learn from the people doing this work and find ways to scale up the best ideas.

A bipartisan presidential center and senior officials from prior Democrat and Republican administrations will all support this effort.

Were also about to meet some local heroes as were honoring the Uniters 21 fellow Americans pastors, rabbis, imams building relationships across faiths; a police officer educating fellow law enforcement officers; a middle school student mobilizing her community; a filmmaker documentingthe epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous people; and so many more who are taking a stand.

Thats what this summit is summit is all about. We the people, we have to stand united. We have to do more.

Let me close where I started: by thanking all of you and two people in particular, Rana and Sodhi is a brother of Malb- Balbir Singh Sodhi, one of the first American victims of post-9/11 hate crimes.

On this day in 2001, with Ground Zero smoldering, he was targeted, shot, and killed at work in Arizona by a white supremacist. To honor his memory, last year during the Asian American History Month here at the White House, we displayed the turban he used to wear with pride.

Ms. Sarah Collins Randolph [Rudolph] is also here today. On this day in 1963, her sister Addie Mae was one of four little girls preparing for Sunday school who were murdered by white supremacists in the 16th [Street] Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, which I visited. Ms. Collins Rudolph survived the bombing but still carries the scars of that blast.

Ms. Collins Rudolph, Im honored to see you here again. Thank you for being here. I visited the church on this day in 2019. And Ill visit with you and always remember what happened.

All these years later, Ms. Randolph [Rudolph], Mr. Sodhi providing the evidence that we need, proving that grief is universal, but so is hope and so is love.

My fellow Americans, we remain in the battle for the soul of our nation. When I look around at all of you here today, I know well win that battle. I know well win it. The power is within each of us to transform the story of our time, to rise together against hate, to show who we are. We are the United States of America. And theres nothing nothing beyond our capacity.

And one of my reasons for optimism is the young people in this country. Theyre the least prejudiced, most volunteering, least how can I say it? least likely to find blame, and most likely to get engaged.

We have to organize them, just like, Rev, our generation was organized in the Civil Rights days. And we can do this, because the violence and the haters are in a minority. But unless we speak out unless we speak out, its going to continue. Itll continue.

And, folks, we cannot be intimidated by those who are talking about this as somehow were some a bunch of wacko liberals who are engaged in this new (laughter) I mean, thi- think about how its characterized.

We have to stand up, and Im confident we will. Thank you all for being here. And, Susan, thank you for organizing this. (Applause.)

And Ive said many times: Every time Id walk out of my Grandpa Finnegans house, hed yell, Joey, keep the faith. My grandmother No, Joey. Spread it.

Lets go spread the faith. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

4:08 P.M. EDT

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Anti-Defamation League promotes author who compared Israeli policy to Nazi actions during the Holocaust – Fox News

Posted By on September 19, 2022

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FIRST ON FOX The Anti-Defamation League promoted an author on its website who previously drew comparisons between the Holocaust and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which appears to be at odds with the organization's mission to fight against anti-Semitism.

The ADL promoted an author named Beverley Naidoo specifically, her book "Making It Home: Real-Life Stories from Children Forced to Flee" despite a history of anti-Israel rhetoric.

The ADL promotes books on its website to educators as part of its mission to combat anti-Semitism and other biases.

Rockets are launched indiscriminately towards Israel from Gaza City, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, on May 18, 2021. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

For example, Naidoo criticized the Israeli security policies which included checkpoints for those living in the West Bank and Gaza in the early 2000s by invoking a Holocaust poem of a victim who was killed in Auschwitz.


About Israel's policy, Naidoo writes: "At the Tamer Institute, people say the time to bring Israeli and Palestinian children together will arrive only when the latter can travel as freely as the former. Once upon a time we lived together in peace in this land Jew, Christian and Arab but then they brought in their settlers. How can we live in peace with people who, every day, are still taking our land? I am reminded of words from a poem written in the ghetto of Terezin, now in the Czech Republic, by 13-year-old Franta Bass before transportation to death in Auschwitz.

Towards the town where I was born,

My town, my native town,

How gladly I would return to you."

View of the main entrance to the Auschwitz camp. The sign above the gate says "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work makes one free). Auschwitz, Poland/ (Keystone/GettyImage)

Israeli officials have argued that restricting the movements of Palestinians in the territories would protect itself from terrorist attacks.

In fact, six months after Naidoo published the criticism of the Israeli policy a terror campaign known as the Second Intifada began. It claimed the lives of hundreds of Israeli civilians through suicide bombings and other terrorist means.

For example, one of the terror attacks the Sbarro restaurant suicide bombing was planned by mastermind Ahlam al-Tamimi in which she thought through how to kill as many victims and children as possible, according to the ADL's own website.

An Israeli policeman stands guard next to the Sbarro pizza restaurant as customers sit inside June 21, 2002 in downtown Jerusalem. (Quique Kierszenbaum/Getty Image)

The family of a 15-year-old victim and American citizen, Malki Roth, continues to fight for the mastermind responsible for the attack to be extradited from Jordan to face justice in the United States.

In other cases, Hamas terrorists would include shrapnel in the bombs that were dipped with rat poison an anticoagulant to ensure that victims' struck by the metal expunged in the blast would continue to bleed out, increasing the likelihood of death.

"Hamas has long sought to increase the lethality of its attacks by lacing shrapnel attached to its suicide bombs with chemicals," said a report from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, an organization recognized as a terror group by the State Department. (MAHMUD HAMS/AFP via Getty Images)

According to the State Department, drawing comparisons between Israeli policy and the Holocaust is anti-Semitic.

The ADL has previously reiterated this on its website, saying that, "The murder of six million Jews and millions of others carried out by the Nazis and their collaborators was the largest recorded genocide in modern history. Absolutely no comparison can be made between the complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the atrocities committed by the Nazis against the Jews."


Photo the railway tracks where hundreds of thousands of people arrived to be directed to the gas chambers inside the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz Birkenau, in Oswiecim, Poland. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Naidoo also claimed that Israelis, who won the State of Israel in a defensive war after accepting the partition plan for two states one for Arabs and another for Jews established the Jewish State through "terror meted out by Zionists."

"It makes no sense, it is a total contradiction of who they're supposed to be," said Dov Hikind, the founder of Americans Against Antisemitism, about the ADL. "It's like Jews putting the knife into themselves."


Israelis participate in a rally calling for the release of Israeli soldiers and civilians being held by Hamas in Gaza, In front of the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, May 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

"No one should play politics with racism and Jew-hatred I think the ADL does that unfortunately," he continued. "I think its very much to do with [ADL CEO Jonathan] Greenblatt."

"When [ADL's former CEO] Abe Foxman was there it was a different world," Hikind added. "It's really very sad."


Fox News Digital reported that the ADL's curriculum for K-12 education included concepts of critical race theory. As a result of that investigation, the ADL said it would launch a thorough review of its anti-bias education materials.

When asked whether Hikind believed ADL's donors were aware of the curriculum and materials the ADL has promoted, Hikind said "no, no."

An ADL spokesperson told Fox News Digital, "As wepreviously stated,clearly there is content among our curricular materials that is misaligned with ADLs values and strategy.This appears to be a clear example of this problem. Again, as previously stated,we are conducting a thorough reviewof our materials. We have determined that,as part of this process,we will engage outside experts toreview allour contentso that we can resolve issues such as this one.With that said, we will not continue to address individual items while the materials are under review."

Naidoo did not respond to a request for comment.

Hannah Grossman is an associate editor at Fox News Digital. Story tips can be sent on Twitter: @GrossmanHannah.

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A journalist’s prescient take on rise of antisemitism in U.S. J. – The Jewish News of Northern California

Posted By on September 19, 2022

Rummaging recently through my apartments chaotic collection of old periodicals, I unearthed a Pete Hamill column from a 1981 issue of the San Francisco Chronicle. I used to read the paper when I lived in the city. Hamill, who died in 2020, was a seminal New York journalist, author and editor whose career spanned more than half a century.

The column begins by relating a story from Hamills youth about a neighborhood stickball game in which all the participants were, like himself, Christian Irish Catholic mostly, with a lonely Protestant thrown in for ecumenical diversity (but not open-mindedness).

A kid watching from the sidelines turns out to be Jewish. Hes invited to play, and Hamill notes his prowess at the bat and style in the field. Soon enough, though, theres a confrontation; Robbins, the Jewish kid, knocks down an older and bigger kid whod shoved him. Some Irish elders come out of a bar, and being apprised of the circumstances, offer: What the hell are you playing with a Jew for? Just stay away from him. Sure enough, thats the last any of Hamills friends play with Robbins.

Hamill said he was reminded of Robbins at the time he wrote the column. All of that was 35 years ago [1945], but I thought about Robbins the other day when I saw the report from the Anti-Defamation League of Bnai Brith about the startling increase in anti-Semitic acts during the past year. I thought about [Robbins] when I traveled around the country last autumn [1980], and picked up anti-Semitic talk almost everywhere. Jews are being blamed for high oil prices (because of U.S. support for Israel), for the loss of the war in Vietnam (supposedly for leading the opposition to the war), for the general decline of the economy.

He went on to point out that antisemitic vandalism and attacks have been given a wider, more ominous importance by those fundamentalist Christian preachers who say such stuff as, God doesnt hear the prayers of Jews, while politicizing religion through the campaign to elect Ronald Reagan. I thought about Robbins when I heard a lot of this anti-Jewish nonsense last fall, and then I remembered that Richard Nixon had muttered on March 23, 1973, in a taped conversation with John Dean: Those Jewboys are everywhere, said the president of the United States. You cant stop them.

The new president [Reagan] should openly, strongly denounce anti-Semitism, Hamill wrote, making clear that certain fundamentalist Christians are crackpots. He should also instruct his attorney general to use the full force of the law against all those whose anti-Semitic virus bursts into overt criminal action.

Numerous academic papers, news and government reports and, most recently, a CNN special titled Rising Hate: Antisemitism in America have documented the correlation between the spike in hate crimes specifically antisemitic hate crimes and the 2016 presidential campaign. According to Reuters: Overall, the number of acts targeting Jews and Jewish institutions rose 34 percent in 2016 and jumped 86 percent in the first quarter of 2017, the ADL said; the FBIs 2017 Annual Hate Crime Statistic Report showed a 37 percent jump in anti-Semitic incidents to 983 from 684 a year earlier. And the incidents continue, going far beyond Hamills ominous remark that today [1981] a lot of the old Nixon crowd is back in Washington. These new guys, the Trump crowd, make the Nixon crowd look like Zionists.

In 2020 (the last year for which we have complete Department of Justice figures), there were more than three times the number of anti-Jewish incidents than incidents against the next three religious categories combined. I suppose we might manage if it were as simple as what then-ADL director Nathan Perlmutter told Hamill in 1981: The sheer statistics of anti-Jewish incidents suggest that theres a high quotient of anti-Semitism and anti-Jewish hostility which still exists just beneath the surface of American life.

Unfortunately, its no longer below the surface; rather its blasting through more virulent and deadly with each passing year. The stickball incident seems quaint juxtaposed against the Tree of Life synagogue massacre.

I wonder what column Hamill would write today with the taint of Richard Nixon back in the news providing historical perspective on our latest former president and his legal jeopardy, and with a Jewish attorney general signing a search warrant request on that former presidents residence and a Jewish magistrate signing off on it. I think hed be nauseated. Sick to his stomach. Would he grasp the significance of his prescience? Undoubtedly. He was a very smart guy.

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Colorado has more than just Telluride Film Fest. Heres when you can see films in Denver, Vail, Breckenridge and beyond. – The Denver Post

Posted By on September 19, 2022

Its full-swing for film festival season, following Septembers twin pillars of prestige and influence, the Telluride Film Festival and Toronto International Film Fest the latter continuing through Sunday, Sept. 18.

Here in Colorado, were geared toward adventure and nature films, as well as features and shorts that explore Latino and Indigenous and Asian-American Pacific Islander cultures. We like our snowboarding shots, but also our hard-edged docs and glitzy features. So what does fall 2022 hold?

Heres a quick roundup of this years events, all of which would love your butt in one of their seats. The buffet of offerings allows for customization, so dont be afraid to dive into the schedules. There is, as they say, a little something for everyone.

One of a handful of dance-focused film fests anywhere, Boulders San Souci makes the art form accessible with screenings, meet-and-greets and other activities. Its more of a series than a discrete festival, with free virtual screenings tied to Hispanic Heritage Month running through Sept. 25, and lots more virtual and in-person events (again, some of them free) taking place in Boulder and online through November.

With 87 films, six of them world premieres, this years Breck Film Festival is going big. The Sept. 1 schedule announcement revealed local titles with considerable momentum, such as Julian Rubinsteins The Holly doc (based on the so-named book), but also the 1980s homage Drinkwater (opening night, Sept. 15, along the Riverwalk) and closing-night darling River. With free kids programming (Sept. 17, including animated and shorts screenings) and girls-in-STEM workshops, its also got a wider, more all-ages view than most film events. Sept. 15-18, with virtual screenings running through Sept. 25.

Leaf-peepers can turn their colorful drive into an overnight or weekend destination with a visit to this fest, with screenings that take on social issues both domestic and international in addition to buzzy narrative features such as Murina and I Love My Dad. Visiting filmmakers and panels round out events that this year include a program for kids and teens. In-person and virtual, Sept. 21-25.

Not to be outdone by its Academy Award-qualifying Aspen Shortsfest, the 43rd Aspen Filmfest is returning with a strong, in-person lineup at the Wheeler Opera House, Isis Theatre, Crystal Theater (in Carbondale) and other venues. Keep an eye out for Toronto International Film Fest and Cannes winners such as Bad Axe and Broker, but also star-driven titles like Empire of Light and The Banshees of Inisherin. In-person and virtual, Sept. 27-Oct. 2.

Details have not yet been announced for this resurgent fest, which complements the Telluride Horror Show (Oct. 14-16). But if past showings are any indication, the 13th festival will feature considerable buckets of blood and guts alongside visiting filmmakers and other themed programming. Oct. 6-12.

This competitive, submission-based event also turns up a few surprises amid its two-dozen or so screenings. Educational panels and workshops round out the titles particularly on closing day Oct. 9 at the Avalon Theatre in downtown Grand Junction help connect viewers with local filmmakers. Oct. 7-9.

As the largest regional film fest, and one that draws celebs and world premieres in addition to local docs and music videos, Denver Film Festival is celebrating its 45th anniversary with a typically robust slate (to be announced Oct. 3) at the Sie FilmCenter, Ellie Caulkins Opera House and other venues. Its our favorite film week of the year, packed with in-person insight and fun, but we dont know yet what 2022 holds. Passes are available now, with single tickets on sale in the coming weeks. Virtual and in-person, Nov. 2-13.

The 15th season of the Neustadt Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies and Music Series (JAAMM) kicked off Sept. 15. But programmers have more in store for the coming months as it outgrows its footprint as a one-season festival, they said in a press statement. Film offerings are slight this year, with just a trio of events announced so far, but theyre unsurprisingly poignant and hyper-relevant. In-person at the Elaine Wolf Theatre Nov. 9-10, and virtually Nov. 9-17. Also check out the Denver Jewish Film Festival in March 2023, and see more about JAAMM at

This brilliantly curated event at various Colorado College venues in Colorado Springs has evolved into an international celebration of women filmmakers and titles. Its parent nonprofit has programmed more than 20 events this year ranging from free office screenings, outdoor films, award-winning shorts, and exclusive events with filmmakers a fitting tribute for a tenacious festival that has lifted its torch now for 35 years, and established itself as the oldest womens film fest in the Western hemisphere, according to organizers. Nov. 11-13.

This late-season event has the perk of featuring already-established 2022 festival favorites (even if the programming takes place months prior), and attracting a broader audience as a result. Titles have not yet been announced, but theres a screenplay competition open now for features, shorts and TV pilots. The schedule for the 19th event, which will feature dozens of films in the high country ski town, will be announced in the coming weeks. Dec. 1-4.

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Hidden Meaning in the Talmud’s Cures and Fables – –

Posted By on September 18, 2022

Some Fables of the Talmud

Some people believe that along with whatever kernels of wisdom the Talmud (and other Jewish scriptures) may contain is a whole mess of silly old folklore and superstition. On the surface, this assumption is not without merit, for the Talmudic Sages apparently believed things like:

"For a fever that strikes daily, one must take a white zuz (coin), go with it to a salt evaporator, and weigh against it its weight in salt. He then must tie the salt by the neck opening of his shirt with a strand of hair. This will cure him of fever." Or,

"He must sit at the crossroads, and when he sees a large ant carrying something, he must take the ant and place it into a copper tube. He must then close the tube with lead and seal it with 60 different types of seals. He must shake the tube and then say to the ant, 'your burden upon me and my burden upon you!'"

It seems like a lot of trouble, but what do you expect from such ancient and whimsical people? To those with a background in Talmudic and mystical exegesis, it may be possible to discern the traces of code-words in these "toil and trouble" formulas. Could it be that they are teaching more than they seem to be?

According to several of the great mystics, they are doing just that. As Rabbi Eliyahu Kramer of Vilna wrote:

"It was decreed that the holy secrets of Moses's teachings would be desecrated by being clothed and hidden in forms such as these strange sounding expositions of the rabbis, rather than being clearly evident. This, in turn, would make it possible for the scoffers of each generation to belittle them."

Why that should be is a longer story. Suffice it to say for now that "on the surface, the 'Aggadot,' the exposition of the rabbis, appear as wasted expressions, God forbid, yet all the secrets of the universe are concealed within them."

How about other discredited beliefs of these sages, such as the belief that the stars are fixed in great spheres that rotate around the Earth, that wine is good for pregnant women, or that vermin spontaneously generate? Doesn't that all call into question everything that they believed?

Actually, no, and for three reasons.

#The first is that these sages never claimed to possess the totality of human knowledge - rather, they only claimed to have the fundamental tenets of Jewish spirituality

The first is that these sages never claimed to possess the totality of human knowledge - rather, they only claimed to have the fundamental tenets of Jewish spirituality. As such, to have accepted the science of the day (much as we do) or commonly held folk remedies isn't a theological problem. Had more updated beliefs existed, they would have recorded those.

Secondly, their interest in natural phenomena (science) was largely driven by what bearing it had on Jewish law. Just as everyone knows that there's no such thing as a sunset (as the sun remains still) but doesn't care since it seems to be setting, so too, in a case like spontaneous generation of vermin, since it looked to the naked eye that they just sprang up from nowhere, that was enough to base Jewish law off of. The actuality of the matter has no applicable relevance in this case.

# The science of the day recorded in the Talmud was only intended as a vehicle to teach more profound wisdom.

Lastly, there is the teaching (along the lines of Rabbi Kramer) that the science of the day that was recorded in the Talmud was only intended as a vehicle to teach more profound wisdom.

Consider the words of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto:

"The sages recorded much of the esoteric tradition they had received in matters relating to nature or astronomy. In other words, they utilized the knowledge of nature and astronomy that was accepted among gentile scholars of their time in order to transmit something else.

Thus, they never intended to teach physical 'facts' concerning these phenomena but rather to utilize these facts as vehicles for Kabbalistic secrets. Therefore, one should not think that they were wrong because a particular model they used is no longer accepted. Their intention was to clothe the hidden tradition in the accepted knowledge of their generation. That very tradition itself could have been clothed in a different garment according to what was accepted (as scientific fact) in other generations."

Like Schoenberg's music or the writing of Joyce, it can all come across as gibberish to the uninitiated. Those who have the humility to suspend judgment and have taken the time to investigate beyond a superficial first reading may discover an unforeseen world of surprising order and insight.

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Everyone’s Buddy – –

Posted By on September 18, 2022

Our friendship was born out of a very public dispute.We were speaking more at each other than with each other, and decided studying Torah together would change that.

A very good friend of mine passed away this week. His name was Louis Sapolsky, but everyone knew him as Buddy, and he was indeed everyonesbuddy.

Buddywas unstintingly warm and friendly, a Jewish communal professional with a huge heart and endearing manner. We were close friends, and for more than ten years we werechavrutas, Torah study partners, asBuddy, Eric Nislow, and I would get together every other week for serious Torah study.

Those times were of the most cherished slots in our schedules. We would study at 8:30 on Thursday mornings, after I had completed my rabbinic morning routine of teaching two early morning Talmud classes. During our sessions we explored in depth the book ofGenesis, learning and carefully analyzing the text.

Louis Buddy Sapolsky (Photo by Steve Ruark)

I was the teacher, sharing with Buddy and Eric the Biblical story along with layers and generations of tradition, Midrash, and commentary. But we were partners as we explored together the profound ramifications of these ideas on our lives and values, on the world, and on the Jewish mission and future. Our learning was rich and interactive, both eye-opening and heart-stirring.

Intensive Torah study was a new experience forBuddy, and he regularly expressed amazement and appreciation for it. The bond that formed between us around the exchange of ideas was especially meaningful.

It had not always been that way.

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Our friendship was born out of a very public dispute.Buddyhad served for years as the Executive Director of Baltimores JCCs, and Eric served as his president in 2009 when the JCC proposed to change a long-standing communal standard and open one of their facilities on Shabbat. This proposal was strongly opposed by the Orthodox community, and as a congregational rabbi active in our local federation, I was one of the leaders of the opposition.

We had many conversations and meetings, some private and others very public. Speeches and statements were made, and articles were written. Ultimately, the JCC and the Federation proceeded with their decision, the public commitment to Shabbat was weakened, the sense of community was hurt and our friendship began.

#Our problems begin when we choose to speak about each other rather than to converse with each other.

I cannot recall the exact details of how we started our bi-weekly learning sessions, but they emerged from a shared realization that it was unhealthy that we had not built a meaningful relationship earlier; that with all the meetings and exchanges, we had been speaking more at each other than with each other. We decided to study together to change that, and we did, becoming wonderful friends.

The Torah (Deuteronomy 24:9) teaches us to recall how Miriam had been stricken by leprosy and had to be isolated from the community after speaking negatively about Moses and a decision he had made. As described in the original narrative (Numbers 12:1), Miriam had spokenbMoshe, about Moses. It is so often the case that our problems begin when we choose to speak about each other rather than to converse with each other. Had Miriam shared her concern with Moses directly, had she chosen to discuss it, the issue may have created connection rather than isolation.

Our Sages taught that the very opposite of using the tongue to speak negatively about others is to use it to engage in Torah study together (Talmud, Avodah Zara 19b). In the words of Ethics of the Fathers (3:2):When two people sit together and words of Torah are spoken between them, then the Shechinah (Divine Presence) abides among them.

Buddywas a good friend and a wonderfulstudy partner. Our friendship taught me a great deal. Yehi Zichro Baruch, may his memory be for a blessing.

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I Never Wanted to Get in the Pool. My Daughter (and the Talmud) Changed That. –

Posted By on September 18, 2022

To my sweet daughter,

Yesterday we visited your fathers mother, Savtas, house. Abba noted that this would be probably your first and last chance to swim in her pool this season. So we changed you into your strawberryswimsuitthat you wore for your classes and Abba put on his swim trunks and waded into the shallow end with you.You seemed to like the water right away,even more than during your classes. I sat and watched Abba play with you in the water. You were squealing with delight when he tossed you up, and calm and meditative as he swished you around. You put your face in the water without prompting and kicked and splashed. And I watched, delighting in your delight, taking videos and pictures, but not joining in.

You see, my girl, Ive never liked water. I didnt like getting splashed as a kid, didnt even like taking baths. I had hair to my knees for my whole childhood, so I think that was part of it. I hated the feeling of pounds and pounds of wet hair, stuck slick and heavyto my skin. Hated the crunchiness of the chlorineas it dried. I didnt even like running through the sprinkler, or sliding down the Slip N Slide. I didnt splash in puddles, as far as I can remember. I was terrified of going out on my fathers sailboat; who knew what slimy gunk lay in the murkiness of the lakes and oceans? And on the first day of camp, when we were supposed to do the swim test in the lake, I would raise my hand and say, I cant swim, which was only partially true (I could float and tread water), so I could be in the lowest swim class where there were no expectations of competence or progress, and no one would make me put my face in.

Two things jarred me yesterday while watching you. I thought back to when Abba told me that its interpreted by some in the Talmud that teaching your children to swim is anecessity, along the lines of teaching you to read or learning a trade, which are also required by the Talmud. Id felt vindicated that we had signed you up for those swim classes a few months ago. Then again, you were 6 months old and didnt really learn how to swim; the point was to get you comfortable in the water. And each class, I kept track of how many times Id been the in-water parent, and how many times Abba had, just to make sure I wasnt slacking, even as I dreaded peeling you out of your suit after each class and rinsing you off in the public shower (another phobia of mine).

The second thing that jarred me was, after I sent a picture of you in the pool to your aunt, she asked if I was swimming too, and I replied, No, I hate swimming. She said that when she takes your cousins to the pool, she usually joins in, even though her initial instinct is to sit out. She said she doesnt like the process, the before and after with the wet bathing suit and the stickiness and the sunscreen, but she does like playing in the water with her kids. And she doesnt join every time, but she pushes herself to. She said shes often the only parent in the pool, which I thought was kind of sad. And I had to admit, you and Abba looked like you were having a lot of fun.

These two things reminded me of a third thing, as I watched you play with Abba, which is that your Babka (my mom) never played with me. It sounds so dramatic, but its true. She never joined in. She would use any excuse, real or imagined, to get out of playing when I was young. When I was older, I didnt bother to ask, so she didnt bother to explain. She didnt swim because of her contacts. She didnt take us trick-or-treating because there was always another parent who could take us out. She didnt play games with us because you [kids] can play with each other.

And I get it. Chlorine up your nose sucks. Your uncle throwing a marble chess piece when he didnt win stinks. Whining kids with tired feet, and repetitive board games where toddlers make up the rules as they go along are tedious. They say theres no such thing as fun for the whole family, but I disagree. I will not be the mom who watches from the side. I will not miss out on the good parts with you.

So I ran and changed into my swimsuit yesterday and hustled into the water to join in with your squeals and giggles and splashes. And I put down my phone and we just played. The water was warm, not at all how I expected. The sun was bouncing sparkles off the waters surface. And I barely noticed the wet swimsuit. I didnt think aboutmyC-section scar or my hair or how my shoulders looked.

Older generations lament how millennials (thats me, sweet girl; we dont know yet what your generation will be called) use parenting as a verb. They say were too hands-on, at constant attention, hovering over you, intervening, not letting you just play on your own. And I hear that. But kids cant play on the street until the lights come on anymore because those communal norms have changed, and you cant drink exclusively from the hose because our township doesnt add fluoride to the water. And you wont learn to swim on your own. It turns out that parenting as a verb is as old as the Talmud. We are obligated to teach you certain things, and play is often the best way to teach. And while I may not know how to swim, I can sign you up for lessons, I can splash with you in the pool, and I can teach you how to float. I think that counts.

I love you so much, sweet daughter, and I want to build these memories together. I want to be the best mom for you that I can be. I want to be the mom who joins in, the mom who does, the mom who floats.



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Abortion and Jewish law – –

Posted By on September 18, 2022

(September 12, 2022 / JNS) There seems to be widespread misunderstanding of what Jewish law says about abortion. Is it a sin? Is it permitted? Is it permitted only under certain circumstances?

Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, many Jews, including Reform and Conservative rabbis, have stated that Judaism allows abortion. The Rabbinical Assembly, which represents the Conservative Jewish movement in America, released a statement saying, The Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly has repeatedly affirmed the right of a pregnant person to choose an abortion in cases where continuation of a pregnancy might cause severe physical or psychological harm, or where the fetus is judged by competent medical opinion as severely defective.

Is this actually true? Does Jewish law allow a woman to terminate a pregnancy for these reasons? Lets look at the arguments and what Jewish law teaches.

First, there is a specific admonition in the Ten Commandments that applies to all humanity, Jew or gentile: Thou shalt not murder. The Torah further states, He who spills the blood of a human in a human, his blood shall be spilled (Genesis 9:6). The Talmud defines a human in a human as a preborn baby in its mothers womb. Thus, Jewish law, as articulated by the major Talmudic sage Rabbi Yishmael, states that abortion is a grave, capital offense, punishable by the death penalty (Sanhedrin 57b).

However, for millennia rabbis have disagreed with each other on interpretations of the Torah, Talmud and other religious writings. So, lets look at other admonitions in Judaism.

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The Tanakh states, God said to him: Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). Here God seems to be stating that an unborn baby is a human being. In Judaism, as in most religions, to murder a human being is immoral and punishable by death.

Some Jews say that the baby has no soul until it is fully born. Yet the Talmud informs us, A lamp is lit for the unborn child above its head, and the child gazes from one end of the world to the other. There are no days in which a person is more blissful than during the days in the mothers womb (Niddah 30b).

Of course, this seems to be an allegory, but it is also implies that a baby has a soul. Elsewhere, the Talmud asks the question, When is the soul (neshama) placed into the human being? It answers, From the time of conception (Sanhedrin 91b). The foremost elucidator of the Talmud, Rashi, explains this passage: Immediately the soul and life are cast into it (Rashi on Sanhedrin 91b).

Despite this, some Jews reference the teaching that only once the babys head has begun to leave the birth canal, or the majority of its body has emerged, is the baby a person (nefesh) (Sanhedrin 72b on Mishnah Ohalot 7:6). There is a problem with interpreting these passages to justify abortion, however, because they are not the full teaching, which concludes, We do not set aside one persons life for that of another. These sources are explaining why the mothers life takes precedence over the baby if a difficult labor is endangering her life. They do not claim that the babys life is worthless, but rather that the baby can be aborted only if it is necessary to save the mother.

But lets take this reading to its extreme and conclude that a baby is not a person until it physically appears during birth. That means that the baby is part of the mothers body during pregnancy (Arakhin 7a). In Jewish law, other than the ritual of circumcision, Jews are forbidden to wound their bodies, with exceptions only for healing and survival (Leviticus 19:28, Deuteronomy 14:1, Talmud Makkot 21a, Talmud Bava Kamma 85a, Mishneh Torah Hil. Chovel u-Mazik 5:1). The rabbis explain that we may not disfigure our bodies because they belong to God (Selichot). Thus, even if the baby were simply a clump of cells, as some who are pro-abortion claim, Judaism does not allow its removal.

Some Jews cite the Talmud stating that, before it is 40 days old, the fetus is mere water (Yevamot 69b). However, the full passage is about when a woman is allowed to eat teruma, food set aside for the priests; it is not about abortion at all. Major authorities in Jewish law teach that one should violate Shabbat to save even a pre-40-day-old fetus (Shmirat Shabbat KeHilkhata 36:2 and 32:3 n.14). This means that even the life of such a fetus is sacred. All of this should give one pause before asserting that Judaism, without reservation, supports abortion.

But what if the fetus is judged by competent medical opinion as severely defective, as the Rabbinical Assembly puts it? Is there any Jewish teaching that says its acceptable to kill an unborn child because it might be defective? The majority of halachic authorities agree that it is forbidden to extinguish life because of deformity, including Rabbi Yehuda ha-Chassid, Rabbi Eleazer Fleckelese, Rabbi Isser Yehudah Unterman and Rabbi Moshe Yonah Zweig.

Only a single halachic authority, Rabbi Eliezer Waldenberg in Israel, permitted abortion in the first three months of pregnancy in cases of extreme deformity, and even he disallowed it if fetal movement is detectable. Most contemporary halachic authorities reject his ruling, which itself is built both on a prior minority opinion and on a misreading of another source, which Rabbi Waldenberg later acknowledged.

What about cases in which a pregnancy can result in great psychological stress? Rabbi Waldenberg generalized from a single 19th-century source to equate great physical need with great psychological need. But with rare exceptions, Judaism does not define physical pain, psychological stress or a prospective change in lifestyle as endangering the life of the mother. There are no references in the Tanakh, the Talmud or any other historic Jewish teaching that would make such an equivalence.

Moreover, those who assert such an equivalence are also disrespecting our Jewish ancestors, who truly did have to make difficult and horrific life-or-death decisions during times of extreme physical and psychological persecution throughout the millennia, whether during the Holocaust, the Russian pogroms, the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades, the massacres in Granada and Fez or the Jewish-Roman Wars and the destruction of the Temples.

It is important to remember that Judaism was the first society to teach the morality of cherishing the sacredness of human life in all of its forms. Unlike the surrounding societies of the ancient worldwhich practiced child sacrifice and the abandoning of unwanted children to die of exposurethe people of Israel stood for Gods emphatic teaching that all human life has inestimable value. The lesson of Abrahams test on Mount Moriah was specifically intended to illustrate the immorality of killing ones child. Perhaps surprising to those who would attempt to find any lenient opinion, Rabbi Waldenberg himself quoted the Zohar (Shemot 3b) saying that those who terminate a pregnancy drive the Divine Presence (shekhinah) out of the world and bring untold destruction to Earth for which no one seems to know the reason.

This brings us to the only clearly permissible circumstance in which Judaism allows abortionwhen the life of the mother is in jeopardy. In a comprehensive responsum regarding abortion, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, widely considered the greatest posek of the 20th century, ruled unequivocally that abortion is murder and only permissible to save the life of the mother. Like all Torah laws that have exceptions in cases of possible death, Judaism does allow abortion under circumstances in which the life of the mother is truly in danger, meaning there is a good chance that she will die if she goes through with the pregnancy.

Since the halachic factors in such a decision are nuanced, Jewish law requires a rabbinic court to be involved. The decision to abort would not simply be up to the mother. She must seek the guidance of a competent and compassionate halachic authority (as Rabbi Waldenberg himself required).

Psychological evaluation can certainly be part of assessing the risk to the mothers life, such as a serious concern from a competent psychiatrist or psychologist that the mother will commit suicide if a pregnancy is carried to term. We cannot emphasize enough: When it is a matter of saving the mothers life, abortion is not only permitted, but required by Jewish law, consistent with Judaisms imperative to value and preserve human life.

Judaism encourages discussion and debate and the thoughtful application of Jewish law as technology and society changes, using the traditional halachic process. But when someone states that Jewish law allows abortion without any qualification, that is unequivocally a misrepresentation and distortion of Judaism.

Bob Zeidman is the creator of the field of software forensics and the founder of several successful high-tech Silicon Valley firms.

Daniel Slate is the co-author of The Architecture of Privacy.

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Jim Crawford is loving Tallaght atmosphere as his side set to face Israel in crunch Euro 2023 play-off… – The Irish Sun

Posted By on September 18, 2022

JIM CRAWFORD is determined it wont be so much Talmud as Tallaght mood when Ireland Under-21s host Israel in the Euro 2023 play-off first leg on Friday.

The Jobstown native wont be short of support as the Boys in Green welcome their Israeli counterparts to Tallaght Stadium on Friday night.




49-year-old Crawford, who played in the Premier League with Newcastle United before enjoying a decorated League of Ireland career with Shelbourne, grew up within a mile or so of the venue.

His family will be among the - hopefully - 8,000 crowd in attendance in Dublin 24 as Ireland look to make history by qualifying for a first-ever Under-21 European Championships.

Crawford is in good company with senior mens boss Stephen Kenny, womens captain Katie McCabe and mens record scorer and caps-holder Robbie Keane from the area.

Fellow Jobstown man Stephen Bradley is manager at Shamrock Rovers - where Crawford was once caretaker boss - as the West Dublin suburb flexes its muscles on the world stage.

And Crawford revealed to SunSport his pride at getting the chance to realise his managerial dreams in front of his hometown support.

He said: It's a proud moment. When I first took over the team and took the boys to Tallaght Stadium it was proud.

Stephen Kenny is from Tallaght as well. You've got Stephen Bradley from Jobstown, Vinny Perth from Killinarden. There's a lot of managers around from Tallaght.

I don't know if it's the water there but it is proud. I'll have a fair bit of family that will be at the game too.

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Its an opportunity thats been a long time coming for Crawford. He was Ireland Under-18s manager for three years before becoming Kennys Under-21 assistant in 2018.

He stepped up to the main job in 2021 after Kenny took over from Mick McCarthy and guided the side through a difficult campaign with home and away wins over Sweden.

Crawford added: I love the whole build-up, getting training sessions right. I know for a fact that it'd take me longer preparing a training session plan than what it is to do it physically.

A lot of detail has gone into it. You're looking at players and you're just hoping you don't pick up any injuries.

I'm looking forward to the game. It's a privilege to be involved in the game and hopefully we get the right result on the Friday. Backed by a packed stadium - that's what we need.

One interesting subplot ahead of the Israeli clash is a first call-up for English-born attacking midfielder Finn Azaz, who is on loan at Plymouth Argyle from Aston Villa.


The goalscoring midfielder qualifies for Ireland through his Cork-born grandparents - but it also eligible for Israel through his ancestry.

Crawford said: It was a funny one. When I was having the conversation with him he was laughing, saying, 'Of all games to come in, it's against Israel!'

He's a talented player, he's got great energy, he can see passes, score goals, and he's an exciting player.

I seen his game the other night against Oxford and he was outstanding. He's playing an attacking role with Plymouth - and they're a good team, Plymouth.

I seen them play against Derby and when he came on he made a huge difference and they actually went on and beat Derby 3-2.

With Cardiff City left-full Joel Bagan ruled out with a tight hamstring, theres a chance for Shamrock Rovers full-back Andy Lyons - continuing the Tallaght theme - to make his case.

The Naas man will depart for Championship side Blackpool in the winter after the Lancashire side concluded a deal in the region of 400,000 with the Hoops.

And Crawford has backed Lyons - who is right-footed but has excelled on the opposite side for Rovers this year - to make an impact as he steps up to the English second tier.

He said: It opens the door for him, but it's something that in the last window we were aware of.

Even approaching the last window, he was doing very well and since then he's picked up player of the month.

He's scored nine goals this season and he's had numerous assists. He's in a great place coming into the camp.

He's a talented player, he really is, and he's hard-working. He's come into our camps at times and he wasn't playing, but what he did do, and what I do admire, is he got on with it.

He kept his head down and worked hard in training. There was no sulking and that, to me, underlines his character.

When he goes back to Shamrock Rovers, he plays left wing-back. I was curious to see how he was going to play there, and in fairness to him he's been excellent in that position.

It'll be a step up, no doubt about it. I don't know too much about Blackpool, but it'll be a step up for Andy.

It's the volume of games. You're playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Tuesday. It's a real test of your physical nature, can you keep playing in those games?

Because the intensity of the Championship is different from the intensity in those Europa League Conference games.

But can Andy do it? Yeah, I think he can. He's fit, he's desperate to learn and he's a talent.

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