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Election Day: One Party Will Protect Me, One Party Won't

 

Here's something to think about on Election Day. One party is Congress is almost always for Israel, one is not. Guess which?

The Latest News On That Divorce Case From Hell

Joseph Reyes, aka The Divorced Catholic-Jewish-Catholic Dad Who Takes His Daughter To Church (and sends me angry comments periodically) no longer has to worry about going to jail.

According to the Chicago Sun Times, a Cook County judge found Reyes, an Afghanistan war veteran and law student, not guilty of violating a court order when he took 3-year-old Ela and a television crew to Holy Name Cathedral in January.

Violence and Israel: Yael Hedaya Responds

When HBO's third season of "In Treatment" premiered this week, one story line was that it lost its main writer, the Israeli novelist Yael Hedaya.  (To fans of the show, don't worry: Jhumpa Lahiri is her replacement.) The HBO version was really an adaptation, nearly verbatim, of the Israeli hit series Bi'Tipul, where Hedaya wrote some of the best shows.  Now in her mid-40s and still living in Israel, Hedaya is releasing her third novel in English translation this month, "Eden.&

Jewish Federations join fight against Israel delegitimization, but is that smart?

I just got a press release from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) announcing a new program to “fight efforts to delegitimize Israel,” and I confess, it caught me at an inopportune time.

The reason: I've been thinking more and more about the fact that Jewish groups all want to ride the same train – the locomotive of Israel activism. And I wonder how much of that comes at the expense of other critical areas of Jewish life.

Pew poll showing atheists know more about religion is flawed, scholar says

Remember that Pew survey a few weeks back with the surprising conclusion that Americans, while claiming to be oh-so-religious, don't know very much about religion, and that the folks who seem to know the most are atheists?

'Meathead' makes Holocaust comparison, and why we need a serious study of this rhetoric

Why do they do it?

Now the Anti-Defamation League is going after film actor and producer Rob "Meathead" Reiner,  who likened the Tea Party movement – which has been wrist-slapped for it's own numerous Holocaust comparisons - to the Nazis.

Why Did I Insist We See a Holocaust Movie on a Date Again????

In retrospect, the Holocaust documentary for Date #2 maybe wasn't such a good idea.

I mean, I’m becoming a caricature of myself.

Rifts over Israel: is it all about Judaism?

Is the debate inside the Jewish world over Israeli and U.S. policy in the Middle East increasingly about religion and the bitter question of “who is a Jew?”

Talk about asking the obvious.

Yet this escapes the notice of most commentators, who continue to see only political and ideological differences. And it's something Jewish leaders don't like to face up to because it eats at the heart of one of their most cherished self-deceptions – that Israel is the issue that unites a disunited Jewish community.

iPhone App for Jewish Organizations

Applaud Mobile creates iPhone apps specifically for Jewish organizations like synagogues, temples and Jewish schools. I recently reviewed the app it created for the Solomon Schechter Day School in Newton, Massachusetts. Tamir and Marcia Borensztajn, active lay leaders in their community and parents at SSDS, came up with the Applaud Mobile app.

Applaud Mobile: An App to Help Jewish Organizations & Congregations Connect to their Mobile Community

NPR's gift to its enemies

I haven't blogged about NPR's clumsy firing of commentator Juan Williams for saying he gets nervous when boarding an airplane when there are Muslims in line with him, mostly because I'm not exactly sure I think about the issue.

Sure, it's scapegoating and bigotry and inappropriate. Sure, I've felt the same way sometimes. It's hard to sort out.

What is clear: NPR's leadership didn't think through the consequences of their actions in firing him, and in the process gave their conservative opponents the best possible gift.

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