Obama's communications gap and U.S.-Israel military cooperation: what's wrong with this picture?

JTA reported yesterday that the Obama administration plans to store an extra $400 million in military equipment in Israel – stuff Israel can use in the event of emergency. Included in the arsenal: smart bombs “and other precision weaponry.”

By 2012, the total inventory of weapons stored in Israel will reach $1.2 billion.

Let me see if I've got this right.

Battle of the Sexes: Revisited

I hadn’t heard from my most recent date in a few days and was starting to develop a complex.

Was I doing something wrong to scare these men off?

Israel doesn't trust me anymore?

The Jewish Week caught up with Sharon two months into her aliyah journey. To read about her adventures from the beginning, click here.

Well, it happened.

I logged into my Bank Hapoalim account a couple days ago to see if my monthly new immigrant payment had arrived on its usual day, and sure enough, the money was not there. As I had been warned, when I left the country last month for friend's wedding, I taking a risk that my automatic Sal HaKlita installments would stop – even if I had only left the country for a matter of three days. I knew that I could easily get the payments restarted again, but I would now have to pay monthly visits to the office and claim each check, to reassure them that yes, in fact, I am still here.

Irked by my newest bureaucratic battle, I called the Misrad HaKlita (Absorption Minstry) office Wednesday to schedule an appointment with my immigration counselor, and the receptionist instructed me to write a letter detailing the special nature of my situation. Perhaps the ministry management would be able to reverse the decision, and I could return to receiving automatic payments, she said. But she wasn't guaranteeing anything.

Good thing she didn't.

Share Your Interfaith Dating Stories With Me!

Perhaps it’s just because I have trouble with decisions and uncertainty, but my own experience was that inter-dating my now-husband Joe was much more stressful than being intermarried to him (not that our marriage is particularly stressful).

The issue for me was that, while my entire family has been nothing but thrilled with Joe from Day 1, I spent much of our courtship worrying that my more traditional Jewish friends and the Jewish people with whom I worked would disapprove of me and would try to persuade us to break up.

Encouraging In-Marriage Versus Welcoming Interfaith Families: The Great Debate

In the aftermath of his big debate with Steven "Greatest Single Threat" Cohen — “Can the Jewish Community Encourage In-Marriage AND Welcome Interfaith Families?” —’s Ed Case has posted some of his own remarks on the topic.

The two went head-to-head at the Jewish Federations of North America’s General Assembly earlier this week in New Orleans. (Incidentally, Ed did not make it to the Jewish Community Hero semifinalists, but the winner was Jay Feinberg of the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation. Congratulations to you Jay, even if you're not intermarried -- hard to begrudge the victory of someone who is doing important, life-saving work!)

U.S. to Store More Weapons in Israel

(JTA) -- The United States will store an additional $400 million in emergency military equipment in Israel.

The new equipment, which is available to Israel in the event of an emergency, will bring to $1.2 billion by 2012 the amount of American military equipment being stockpiled in Israel.

Congress approved for storage in Israel the new weapons, which will arrive in Israel over the next two years, last month, but the story was first reported this week in the Defense News magazine, by its Israel-based reporter Barbara Opall-Rome.

In Indonesia, Where Israelis Can't Enter, Obama Tells Jews Where They Can't Live

In Democratic circles, it is scandalous to join a club that excludes women, say, or blacks or gays. The New York Times, a few years ago, devoted dozens of articles, many on the front page, to the horror of the Master's Tournament being held in a golf club for men only, in Augusta, Georgia.

Felix Mendelssohn: A Jewish Christian, Discuss.

Tonight the New York Philharmonic begins the first of three "Elijah" performances.  They should all be magnificent, on purely aesthetic grounds.  But there's a deep theological divide embedded in this work too, and one that has profound implications for our understanding of how Jewish a composer -- if one at all -- Felix Mendelssohn was.

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