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Joyful opera performed In Nazi concentration camp revived

Cheryl Corley writes for the NPR show All Things Considered about the revival of a children’s opera, Brundibár, originally performed by Jewish children held in a concentration camp in occupied Czechoslovakia:

Eighty-four-year-old Ela Stein Weissberger says it’s a simple story, a tale of good conquering evil, based on a fairy tale….

Weissberger travels around the world to make sure it stays alive. More than seven decades ago she auditioned and was chosen to play the role of the cat in Brundibár — […]

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Rising Israeli-Palestinian tension

The world sadly and alarmingly reflects on the killings in the synagogue:

Jodi Rudonren of The New York Times says that “In Jerusalem’s ‘War of Neighbors,’ the Differences Are Not Negotiable”:

Analysts on both sides worried that the cycle of violence and mutual dehumanization would be compounded by the growing focus on the holy site, where the ancient temples once stood and where Muslims have worshiped for centuries and now fear a Jewish takeover.

“When you bring the religious dimension, it absolutizes the […]

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Two Minnesota deans charged with change

Episcopal News Service has a story on the two new deans for the Episcopal Church in Minnesota, installed in its two historic cathedrals within nine days of each other, in the midst of change in focus:

The calling of the two deans comes at a time when the Episcopal Church in Minnesota (no longer referred to as “the Diocese”) is well into a paradigm shift about how it thinks about mission – changes made under the leadership of Bishop Brian Prior, […]

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The “historic” climate deal

There is general agreement that the climate change deal between the U.S. and China is “historic”. Consider the headlines:

From CNN’s “US and China reach historic climate change deal, vow to cut emissions” article by Matt Hoye and Holly

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