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Putting A Mitzvah On Ice

 Monday, January 4th, 2010

Note: I rather cavalierly stated below that the people who go swimming in the ocean during the winter do not seem to do so when there are no cameras around. I stand corrected. For the record, at least one of these groups meets every Sunday during the winter.

 

Anyone who watches or reads the news in New York has to be aware of the Polar Bears, that wacky group of folks who annually celebrate the new year by jumping into the icy Atlantic from Coney Island beach.

 

Today Is Purim In Hebron

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 Check it out — today, the 14th day of Tevet, is Purim in Hebron.

Hannah Rosenthal starts with a stumble

I've always admired Hannah Rosenthal. When she was executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), she brought a new energy and edginess to a group that was having a hard time finding its identity in a changing Jewish world and a strong, consistent dedication to  progressive Jewish politics – which is where a majority of Jews remain, despite persistent claims to the contrary.

So I'm even more mystified than most by her recent gaffe.

Hannah Rosenthal starts with a stumble

Monday, December 28th, 2009 I’ve always admired Hannah Rosenthal. When she was executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), she brought a new energy and edginess to a group that was having a hard time finding its identity in a changing Jewish world and a strong, consistent dedication to  progressive Jewish politics – which is where a majority of Jews remain, despite persistent claims to the contrary. So I’m even more mystified than most by her recent gaffe.

Greatest Jewish Pitcher Of The Decade

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 With Jason Marquis signing with the Washington Nationals, here are some press notes (with assistance from Martin Abramowitz at www.jewishmajorleaguers.org, and BaseballReference.com). Of the 14 Jewish pitchers from 2000-2009, Jason Marquis was the decade’s dominant Jewish hurler with a record of 94-83; an era of 4.48, a WHIP of 1.42 and 867 strikeouts.

Welcome to In the Mix

Since April 2006, "In the Mix" has appeared monthly in The Jewish Week. The first and only regular newspaper feature by, for and about intermarried Jews, "In the Mix" draws on journalist Julie Wiener's own experiences raising a Jewish family together with her lapsed Catholic husband, but the column also incorporates extensive interviews, reporting and research from the field. It has addressed everything from conflicts over circumcision, to Julie's mother-in-law's Catholic funeral to an ongoing interfaith divorce battle.

Giving Up In The War On Christmas

Friday, December 25th, 2009

It only takes a few minutes driving around to see that the “war on Christmas,” or as some might call it the “war for Christmas” is real. There is a large push-back against the secularization of Christmas and the growing pluralistic propensity to universalize the season as “the holidays.”

 

Joe Lieberman, health care and Judaism: behind the point?

All this talk in the Blogosphere about Sen. Joe Lieberman's Jewishness as a factor in the health care debate strikes me as just about as far beside the point as you can get.

Seems to me the point here isn't whether Jewish values compel him to support any particular health care reform proposal or not, but the details of his stance: his last-minute 180 on lowering the age for Medicare buy-ins; his strong ties to the insurance industry in Connecticut; his testy relationship with a Democratic leadership he seems to enjoy stiffing.

More on Garrison Keillor And The War On Christmas

Those Minnesota Jews sure are polite.

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