Monday, November 2nd, 2009
If anybody has a clue what the Obama administration is really up to on the Israeli-Palestinian front, I wish they’d send me the memo.
Over the weekend pro-Israel groups here were crowing about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s claim that Israeli offers on limiting settlement construction were “unprecedented.”
If mankind is truly made in the image of God, I like to think that the Creator enjoys some of the same pleasures we do.
Maybe that’s why He arranged for a World Series this year uninterrupted by Shabbat or Yom Tovim, which is not always a given.
I’ll leave it up to wiser minds than mine to explore the history of Jews and baseball or delve into the more spiritual meanings of the Yankees’ return to the Fall Classic after a long drought and their being on the verge of championship number 27.
The title of this blog entry is an intentional riff on the charming and wonderful At Home in Mitford series by southern author Jan Karon. The protagonist of the series, the unflappable Father Tim, is the endlessly patient pastor of a small church in a small town. The books- each in its own slow and magical way- display both the charms and the challenges of the clerical life in a small town, where everyone knows everyone else's business. Father Tim spends virtually his entire pastoral career in Mitford, and the town and its citizens are in his bones and his sou
Friday, October 30th, 2009
Several major Jewish groups, apparently pressured by lay leaders who don’t want sweeping health care reform with a public option, have backed off as the debate rages in Washington.
Submitted by James Besser on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 10:25
Some observations on the J Street national conference October 28th, 2009
In 23 years, I’ve been to approximately a million and a half pro-Israel meetings – left, right and center. This week’s J Street meeting in Washington, the dovish group’s first national gathering and one that was inevitably compared to AIPAC’s perennially lavish policy conference, and on that scale, it was puny. (Read my story on what comes next for J Street here).
I was wondering how long it would take for Obama administration opponents in the Jewish community to respond to today’s announcement that former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska) will co-chair the Intelligence Advisory Board, an independent panel that provides recommendations to the President on key intelligence matters.
Answer: not very long, An hour after the announcement was made at the White House, the Republican Jewish Coalition weighed in with a release that pointed out the reasons a lot of pro-Israel groups will choke on the Hagel appointment.