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Avi Weiss - Like Butch Cassidy In Bolivia

In the end, all of Orthodoxy — RCA, YU, Agudah, YCT — was aiming its guns at Avi Weiss. To see him this past week reminded me of the end of Butch Cassidy down in Bolivia, with every policeman, every soldier, south of the Rio Grande ready to blow him away (along with his plans for women rabbis).

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The Winter Olympics Sap-0-Meter

Slate is running an ongoing Winter Olympics Sap-O-Meter, awarding one Sap Point for every time an NBC commentator uses any one of the following 35 words: adversity, battled, cancer, challenges, courage, cry, dad, daughter, death, dedication, determination, dream, emotion, father, glory, golden, heart, hero, inspiration, inspire, journey, magic, memory, mom, mother, overcome, passion, patriotic, proud, sacrifice, son, spirit, tears, tragedy, triumph.

Aint No Grave: Moses, Johnny Cash, End of Days

This week (Adar 7) was the yahrtzeit of Moses, and a day when burial societies (the chevra kaddisha), usually very private, get together for a communal meal, study and reflection. Adar 7 was chosen to be that day because not only is the grave of Moses unknown but no mortals prepared him for the grave, his chevra kaddisha was God.

Real Jews aren't afraid of a tea party

The liberal Jewish fear-mongering regarding the Tea Party movement, that somehow this grassroots anti-tax, anti-DC establishment uprising will hurt Jews, minorities, and the conservative wave sweeping the American spirit, is nothing but leftist wishful thinking.

U.S.-Israel tensions rising, high stakes for AIPAC

The escalating U.S.-Israel diplomatic crisis will dramatically change the calculus for the upcoming AIPAC policy conference, which starts on Sunday,  in ways difficult to predict.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be the top administration speaker, and you have to bet AIPAC leaders are nervous about how she will be received by the 3000-plus delegates after her tongue-lashing call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week.

Biden's Israel speech: not a game changer

 So did Vice President Joe Biden accomplish his top goal during this week's Israel visit – reassuring a skeptical Israeli public about the Obama administration's intentions while also reassuring the Palestinians that the administration is still determined to play a role in bringing the two sides back together for serious peace talks?

Why did the Netanyahu government greet Biden with a bunch in the gut?

Was the Netanyahu government sending a message when it welcomed Vice President Joe Biden to town with a sucker punch announcement about new building in an East Jerusalem neighborhood  (see this earlier Political Insider item, and Janine Zacharia's excellent piece in today's Washington Post).

The New York Times’ gift to AIPAC on eve of policy conference

 AIPAC policy conferences – the annual pro-Israel extravaganzas meant to spotlight the power of the pro-Israel lobby group – are always the most interesting in presidential election years, or when they're a big fight brewing over U.S. foreign policy.

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