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At Mayoral Forum, Weiner and Liu Fervently Court Frum Vote

Naturally, all the Democrat candidates for mayor tried to score points with the mostly Orthodox audience at a debate sponsored by the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition earlier this week.

 But Anthony Weiner and Jon Liu seemed to be the most over the top in trying to connect.

The Jewish ex-congressman turned comeback hopeful greeted people with “Shalom aleichems,” on two occasions referred to “shekels” instead of dollars, threw in an Eretz Yisrael or two and used his standard remark about understanding the Orthodox community “in his kishkes.”

Glenn Beck Slammed For Bloomberg Nazi Image

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck caused a stir at the National Rifle Association's convention by presenting an image of Mayor Michael Bloomberg giving a Nazi-like salute.

In his address to the gun lobby, Beck complained about Bloomberg's efforts to curb illegal guns and impose other controversial health measures in New York City, then presented the image as a joke, suggesting that the mayor's new motto for the Big Apple is "you will love New York."

Ex-Senator Lieberman Joins American Enterprise Institute

Former Sen. Joseph Lieberman will join former Sen. Jon Kyl in heading a foreign policy project at the American Enterprise Institute.

"There is an urgent need to rebuild a bipartisan -- indeed non-political -- consensus for American diplomatic, economic, and military leadership in the world," Lieberman (I-Conn.) said in a statement issued Monday by AEI, a conservative think tank, announcing the American Internationalism Project.

NY Chasidic Political Fixture Isac Weinberger Dies At 66

Isac Weinberger, one of those classic New York Jewish community characters who could be counted upon to show up at every major political event in the city, has passed away at the too-young age of 66.

Birthright for Reporters: American Jewish Press In Israel

One of the pleasures of an occasional press junket to Israel is the opportunity to get to know staff and/or editors of other Jewish community publications.

I’ve just returned from one such mission, cosponsored by the American Jewish Press Association and Israel’s Ministry of Tourism. The long hours on the plane and bus are an opportunity to share "war" stories, play Jewish geography and explore how much we all have in common. 

Reporters share secrets on a goat farm.

The Long Kaddish

I did something unusual last Shabbat at the conclusion of davening. I sat down.

Serving Their Country After Serving Time

Avigdor Lieberman, who stepped down as foreign minister of Israel last week and has been indicted on charges of fraud and breach of trust, is still hopeful of playing a key role in the next government, with elections three weeks ago.

He may well be right.

Lieberman: Wouldn't be the first felon to return to Israeli politics.

Presidential Pardon Season: Does Pollard Have A Shot?

Once again it’s that time of the year when the president considers granting clemencies and once again the name of Jonathan Pollard has surfaced. The former U.S. Navy civilian intelligence analyst was arrested in 1986, pleaded guilty the following year to spying for Israel and was sentenced to life in prison. He is still there.

Jonathan Pollard: Will he ever see freedom?

The '87 Soviet Jewry Rally: An End, And A Beginning

Every new beginning, we are told by the pop band Semisonic, comes from some other beginning's end.

The December, 1987 rally for Soviet Jews drew an estimated 250,000 people.

Hail To The Chiefs

A commentator at CNN on Sunday suggested the Kansas City Chiefs' uncommon victory over the Carolina Panthers Saturday was a tribute to linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins and himself the previous day. 

That made me gag. This murderer, who left his child an orphan and then took the coward's way out rather than face justice, needs a tribute like Bin Laden needs a holiday. 

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