Proponents of immigration reform are still hoping this will be the year Congress will act, even though there's growing evidence that lawmakers and maybe the Obama administration are getting cold feet as critical midterm elections approach and anti-immigration forces ratchet up their efforts.
Still basking in the warmth from my weekend in Kentucky.
The weather was perfect, with blossoms at their peak of loveliness and wildflowers everywhere. And the folks at Keneseth Israel outdid themselves with their Southern hospitality — lavishing attention upon me, putting me up in a luxurious bed and breakfast, serving a home-cooked Shabbat dinner and Kiddush lunch, taking me out on Saturday night and giving me a full tour of Louisville on Sunday. One congregant even bought me a lottery ticket (I’ll find out if I win on Wednesday)!
“All these married people think you’re hilarious,” my sister tells me.
It seems she keeps running into married friends who had read my columns about my search for love. Columns where I not only chronicle my exhausting and futile search for a husband in Israel, but where I lambast my married friends for making it all worse by consistently giving me bad advice.
“First of all, why do they all think you’re so funny? Don’t they realize how hostile you are towards them?” sayeth my sister.
Sixty-five years after the Holocaust, and Yom Hashoah -- April 11 -- remains, appropriately, a day that the Jewish community can't figure out how to observe. And rightly so. Most holy days are actually on the day something unique happened, unlike Yom Hashoah, whose Nissan 27 date was a Knesset compromise rather than a holy anniversary.
I haven't had a chance to fully digest the American Jewish Committee's 2010 survey of American Jewish public opinion, released today without any warning to unsuspecting Jewish newspaper editors. We've posted a JTA story on the release here.
But one number jumped out at me. When asked about President Barack Obama's handling of U.S.-Israel relations, 55 percent approved, 37 percent disapproved.
It’s tough when you have to disagree with things your kids are taught at school. But I have always objected to hyperbolic analogies, and at yeshivas they are sometimes in plentiful supply. One example is that many rabbis tell their students that humiliating someone is the same as killing him or her.
A few weeks ago, I was wondering what was going through Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's head when he decided to attend next week's nuclear summit in Washington, where representatives of 47 countries, including many of heads of state, will gather to talk about nuclear terror, and in the process produce what local officials say will be some record-breaking traffic gridlock.
An old friend got in touch out of the blue because she had a guy for me. That alone was newsworthy, but the thing that I could really write home about was the fact that this guy and I seemed to really click. And I mean, really! We had so much to say to each other on our first date that for a moment there I dared to think that maybe, possibly, I had even met someone.