European nations are preparing to mark this year’s 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. But not without conflict, it seems. The Los Angeles Times reports that “clashes have erupted” over how best to remember — as a victory for nations such as Britain and France, or a lesson in the madness of war. Amid the disagreement, one thing seems certain. That’s the importance of recalling the terrible price so many paid in the “war to end all wars” — more than 8.5 military deaths, more than 6.8 civilian deaths, more than 21 million wounded.
The 132-year-old synagogue in Bradford, a city in northern England, was about to close due to the congregation’s declining population, but a fundraising campaign has saved the synagogue — a campaign spearheaded by leaders in the city’s Muslim community. “It makes me proud that we can protect our neighbors and at the same time preserve an important part of Bradford’s cultural heritage,” said Zulfi Karim, a Muslim community leader, who refers to Rudi Leavor, the synagogue’s 87-year-old chairman, as “my newfound big brother.” In Arabic, the word is “salam”; in Hebrew, “shalom.” In English: peace.