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A Community Raw And Unformed

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008 There will be hundreds of articles still to be published in Jewish newspapers and magazines in the next six months, but I have already identified one that is surely to be one of the most ridiculous of 2008. The new issue of the very glossy “Jewish Living (June/July) has a big cover story, “Where We Live Now: Top Ten Neighborhoods” in North America to “raise a family, get involved, meet a mate, score a great nosh.”

Fenway, Crosley And 770

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

For a number of years, cynics would get a good laugh out of the fact that Kfar Chabad, the Lubavitch town in Israel, built a duplicate of the rebbe’s headquarters, 770 Eastern Parkway .

The duplicate 770 was said to be indicative of how crazy and messianist the Chabadniks were, they must have been expecting the rebbe to drop in, pretty funny. Only a chasid could be so nuts, right?

AIDS and Insincerity

Friday, June 27th, 2008 My uncle, Milton Samuel Mark, died of AIDS a while back, from a blood transfusion given to him in a Bronx hospital, so I take the AIDS issue seriously and with some measure of resentment.

A Strained Clash: Palestinian Rockets “Strain” Israel-Hamas Truce

Sunday, June 29th, 2008 Just hours, really, into the Hamas-Israel truce, rockets flew out of Gaza and landed in Israel. “Gaza truce strained by rocket fire,” headlined Reuters (June 28). Strained? Sending rockets into another country is an act of war. What would the Palestinians of Gaza have to do to advance this beyond strained?

Tania Grossinger’s Book and the Real Catskills

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.

The Four Sons Of Pesach Sheni

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.

Obama Backer: Zionists Wanted Holocaust

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.

The Israel Parade Again

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?

Stories For A Shiva

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.
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