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Tweeting the Flotilla Attack

Peter Beinart's essay "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment" in The New York Review of Books argues that most of the mainstream American Jewish organizations have abandoned liberalism on the issues of the Middle East and are responsible for a generation of young Jews who hold no connection to Israel.

Palestinian members of Hamas naval police prepare for arrival of flotilla

Fishbowl: Breaking Up Over G-d

Only in Jerusalem can you break up with someone over G-d.

On the second date.

But I'm getting ahead of myself here.

The way it all went down was one morning I came into work and was filling my boss's ears with complaints. Me, me, me. Complaint, complaint, complaint.

My boss responded by opening a certain gentleman's profile on Facebook.

"For me?" I asked.

My boss nodded.

"Me likey!" I said.

Spin, not facts, on Israel and the Gaza "aid flotilla"

Sitting at the computer this Memorial day morning, it's striking how many people are responding authoritatively to the news of Israel's attack on the Gaza aid flotilla, even though at this point almost all the news is coming from sources with a strong vested interest in how it's spun.

The left and pro-Palestinian forces are portraying the death of at least ten activists on the highly publicized convoy as a “massacre,” describing the victims as innocent humanitarians interested only in providing relief to the besieged people of Gaza.

Not A Rabba But A Jewish Bearded Lady

Summer's here and the city child's heart turns to Coney Island. This is a Jewish paper so here's the Jewish angle. Jennifer Miller may not be the only bearded lady but she's the only Jewish women in the Coney Island Freak Show Hall of Fame. You don't want to know how many of the men in this Hall are Jewish.

I met Jennifer a while back, while doing a story on Coney Island, and I enjoyed her intelligence and company.

Glenn Beck versus the Jewish Funds for Justice, round 3

The thing about right-wing talk show hosts is that their whole shtick is outrageousness; attacking them for their hyperbolic anger is sort of like attacking Natalie Portman for being beautiful and talented.

Still, that hasn't slowed down the Jewish Funds for Justice, which is continuing its intense criticism of Beck – who has responded as... well, as expected.

Beinart Marginalized? The Left's Big Lie and Self-Pity

I'm fine with any critique of the Jewish establishment from serious Jews and serious journalists, people who deeply love Israel and disagree with its policies. Not acceptable, though, are the assimilationists and anti-Israel -- yes, let's call them that -- leftists who piggy-back on the legitimate Jewish left as a beard to cover their loathing of all things Jewish and Israeli. They are the ones who say they can't attend even the harmless. non-political Salute to Israel Parade or show the flag or even allow Ambassador Oren to speak, because of the mean ol' Israeli government.

Love Potion

So I went to the doctor with a broken heart.

"It's just this anger, all the time, even during yoga," I said, evasively, which is another way of saying I was speaking in code.

Seated across from me taking copious notes was the young and adorable Israeli practitioner fresh out of herb and healing school who had been recommended by a girlfriend. She had gone to him for sciatica pain, and even though he had done shiatsu on her, since she knew how much I love witch's brew, she told me that his card also said he dealt in Chinese herbs.

Oh, how I love Chinese herbs!

On-The-Job Jew Training

Two great new pieces out this week — both from West Coast Jewish publications — by women who grew up in interfaith families.

I especially related to the piece by Emily Savage, a staff writer at northern California’s The J, about how she’s basically acquired a Jewish education from working at a Jewish newspaper.

The last word on Peter Beinart and the American Jewish leadership

 Can you stand a few more comments and questions about Peter Beinart's controversial article on “The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment” in the New York Review of Books?

It seems to me that on the question of whether big pro-Israel groups reflect the views of the broader Jewish community, Beinart is right, but so are some of this critics.

Celebrity Round-Up: Jake Gyllenhaal, Bar Refaeli, Jesse James, Joan Rivers and more

-Jewish heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal, 29, tells MTV Canada that his body IS “Sex and the City,” in an effort to get moviegoers to see his new film, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”

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