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Go, Yankees!

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

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.

On Smorgasbord Judaism

Friday, October 31st, 2008

It’s understandable that people who are concerned about the future of Jewish life tend to be passionate and emphatic when discussing intermarriage.

 

But often, when expressing their legitimate concern about this topic people can go over the top.

 

At Home in Forest Hills

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

B'nai B'rith endorses House health plan, Lieberman sticks it to the Dems

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.

Not B'nai B'rith; the group, known in recent years for its services and advocacy for the elderly, quickly endorsed the measure unveiled today by Democratic leaders in the House.

B’nai B’rith endorses House health plan, Lieberman sticks it to the Dems

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.  

New ADL poll: anti-Semitism down, but don't get too comfortable

There's a new Anti-Defamation League poll out, and as usual its good news is tempered by warnings that things aren't as rosy as they seem.

The nationwide survey of Americans showed that anti-Semitic attitudes are at the lowest level in recorded history – or at least as long as ADL has been recording them.

Only 12 percent of Americans “hold anti-Semitic views,” a decline from 15 percent  two years ago.  By way of contrast, 29 percent had anti-Semitic views in 1964.

The Last Word on J Street

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).

Jewish Republicans jump on Hagel appointment to intelligence panel

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.

Teach Your Children Well, Indeed

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

I just finished Andrew Kirtzman’s excellent book, “Betrayal: The Life And Lies of Bernie Madoff,” which traces the  evolution of an ambitious kid who started a lawn-sprinkler business into the man who would steal billions and wreck thousands of lives.

 

New ADL poll: anti-Semitism down, but don’t get too comfortable

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 There’s a new Anti-Defamation League poll out, and as usual the good news is tempered by warnings that things aren’t as rosy as they seem.  
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