Monday, June 30th, 2008
Summer’s here and there’s a new book in the bookstores, “Growing Up At Grossinger’s” (Skyhorse Publishing), by Tania Grossinger that turns out to be an old book, a reprint of what she first published in 1976, that has almost nothing to do with the hotel that many of us remember and miss. Considering that the hotel closed after the original publication, one could have hoped for a serious autopsy, but that would be hoping for too much.
Monday, May 19th, 2008
Today (May 19) is Pesach Sheni, the best holiday nobody ever heard of, the day when there are no sins, only second chances (read the Jewish Week story here)
Was there ever a greater Pesach Sheni than in 1945? Like so many others, my Uncle Zisha was a Nazi slave on Pesach, 1945. He was liberated April 11. Two weeks later, on Pesach Sheni, Zisha had his seder.
Thursday, May 22nd, 2008
That sure was terrible, what Rev. John Hagee said about the Holocaust, that it was God’s way of sending the Jews back to Israel. Almost as bad as what Hamas says about the Holocaust and Jews.
Hagee, of course, was a major supporter of John McCain, until this fuss led McCain to reject Hagee’ endorsement, and Hagee to withdraw his endorsement after McCain’s rejection.
And Obama has rejected his endorsement by Hamas.
Friday, May 23rd, 2008
The Salute To Israel Parade is back in town this Sunday, and it’s terrific in a multitude of ways, which begs the question: Why does just about every Jewish day school lack confidence in the appeal of this parade, so much so that have to make attendance at the parade “mandatory”?
Kids naturally love parades, and most yeshiva kids love Israel, so why is everyone so sure kids won’t come to this parade without a whip and chair?
Sunday, April 13th, 2008
As we say during Passover’s Prayer for Dew, “With His consent, I shall speak of mysteries.”
The death by lightning’s fire of Scarsdale’s Rabbi Jacob Rubenstein and his wife, Deborah, in the midnight hours of Shabbat April 12, were strangely a reminder of how wonderful this world is.
Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008
I think Jimmy Carter is every bit the anti-Zionist, perhaps even the anti-Semite, that many Jews think he is.
And yet, as a father, I liked the idea of Carter talking to Hamas.
Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
The recent arrest of an Israeli spy, Ben-Ami Kadish, brings Jonathan Pollard to mind, and one of the weakest, most infuriating arguments on Pollard’s behalf: “He spied for a friendly nation,” Israel.
As DeGaulle once said, nations don’t have friends, they only have interests.
Tuesday, January 5th, 2010
Have pro-Israel groups in Washington essentially thrown in the towel when it comes to big U.S. arms sales to Arab countries? It depends on who you ask.
The issue has relevance this week because of a Ha’aretz report about growing concern in Israeli military circles about big new U.S. sales to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates of weapons like bunker-busting bombs and anti-ship missiles.
A disturbing article in today's New York Times reports on the impact of U.S. evangelicals, who have brought their anti-homosexual message to Uganda and at least indirectly contributed to the ongoing legislative push to make being gay a crime on a par with murder.
The Times reports that the American evangelists “are finding themselves on the defensive, saying they had no intention of helping stoke the kind of anger that could lead to what came next: a bill to impose a death sentence for homosexual behavior.”
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