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We got off work for 'Yom Yerushalyim' so naturally, I left Jerusalem and headed straight for Tel Aviv.

I hate crowds. And zealotry.

But I also hate beaches. What's a girl to do?

My girlfriend, who instigated the little trek to Tel Aviv, was incredulous. Who doesn't like the beach?

Me. I hate sun, for starters. And happy, glowing people. And sand. Oh, and water. And wearing a bathing suit. Especially wearing a bathing suit.

"You're going to learn to love the beach," was all my friend said.

Lively Debate On Obama’s Foreign Policy

Has Barack Obama strengthened or weakened the U.S. in the eyes of the world through his foreign policy of engagement?

In a lively encounter sponsored by Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates and held at the Skirball Center at NYU last night, Dan Senor, a journalist and Fox News commentator, scored the most dramatic point of the evening when he challenged General Wesley Clark and French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy to name one prominent world leader with whom Obama has established a close personal connection as a sign of national loyalty.

Jerusalem Day: Another Look

Today, March 12, 2010, Israel celebrated the 43rd anniversary of a united Jerusalem.  Normally, the day passes without much notice in the United States.  But because of Netanyahu's recent row with Obama over housing expansion for religious Jewish settlers in the predominantly Arab parts of East Jerusalem, more people are watching.

Why Was Mets Coach Wearing Yarmulke In Dugout?

Good question from the terrific Uni Watch blog, which usually is concerned with sports uniforms, not our uniforms.

When Intermarriage Happens To 'Good' Parents

Undoubtedly the two most vexing theological questions are the issues of bad things happening to good people and free will versus destiny.
While most of us are all too aware of the randomness and injustice in the world, we nonetheless are quick to credit ourselves for our good fortune and blame ourselves (and others) for bad fortune.

Fundamentalists are especially good at this little exercise. 9/11? God’s punishment for permissiveness and homosexuality. The Holocaust? A punishment for assimilation and Reform Judaism. Israel’s victory in the Six-Day War? Divine intervention.

Jerusalem Day: Great Links For Yom Yerushalayim

Here are some great links celebrating the liberation of Jerusalem.

The sounds of the battle, on IDF army radio, from the '67 war.

Col. Gur's remarks to his men at the moment of victory: "You did not gripe, you did not complain... you just advanced and conquered."

A Band Of Brothers

The years have been kind to us, I thought as the five of us gathered again. We're grayer and less carefree, some of us could lose a few pounds, but we are content, healthy, successful and surrounded by cherished families.

Technology and Summer Camp

Just about every summer camp today has policies in place regarding the use of technology by campers. Rules governing whether campers can bring their cell phones, iPods, digital readers, and smartphones to camp (and if so, when they can use them) have been part of ongoing discussions as new forms of technology are introduced into the marketplace.

Texting in the Tent?

The perils of Arlen: does Specter have an Elena Kagan problem?

As if he needed more tsuris in in his fight for a sixth term – this time as a Democrat – Sen. Arlen Specter, the veteran Jewish lawmaker,  now may have a major Elena Kagan problem.

Kagan is President Obama's nominee to fill the seat of the retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, and Specter – back when he was a Republican, which was after he was Democrat – voted against her last year when Obama appointed her solicitor general.

Sending Social Networking Sympathies

The story was recently told to me about a Facebook user who updated her status message to announce the death of her grandmother and the grief she was feeling because of the loss. Her friend's mother, a Facebook newbie, read the status update and clicked Facebook's "Like" option. Was this a Facebook faux pas or a way to express condolences in the era of social networking?

A Photo of a Tombstone on Facebook
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