Is it really over already? We spend two years looking forward to each Union for Reform Judaism Biennial, only to have the five days of learning, singing, laughing, and praying go by much too quickly. Many of my friends and colleagues liken the feeling to our sadness leaving overnight camp at the end of each summer – we miss it immediately, and can’t wait for the next time that we are all together again.
It was somewhat jarring this week to see the President of the United States take to his podium to figuratively hold up the head of Osama bin Laden as a political trophy. But that's what Barack Obama felt compelled to do after Republican contenders Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney accused the commander-in-chief of "appeasement" of America's enemies.
With less than a week until voters in the 9th Congressional District pick their new repesentative, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind threw his support behind Republican Bob Turner to succceed Anthony Weiner.
This week brought news that Obama is reading David Grossman's novel "To the End of the Land" while summering on Martha's Vineyard. It was one of the best reviewed book's last year, and that it focuses on an Israeli mother whose son is killed in yet another Arab war, is probably lost on no one. Certainly not Jews.
For those who literally want to wear their politics, your favorite candidate has (or soon will have) a line of apparel and souvenirs, including yarmulkes and other gear with logos in English and transliterated Hebrew.
Much of it comes from third party paraphernalia peddlers but some of the campaigns will be selling their own to raise money.
The Obama re-election campaign reportedly is assembling a team to fight back against conservative critics of the president's position on Israel, and a visit to Israel may soon be in the works.
The campaign is assembling a group of high-profile figures who are respected in the Jewish community to counter criticism against Obama and to push back against attacks, Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent reported Saturday in his The Plum Line blog.
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