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Is House Goldstone resolution a jab at J Street?

Is  the traditional pro-Israel lobby trying to paint J Street, the newish pro-peace process lobby and political action committee,  into corner with its nonbinding House resolution condemning the UN's Goldstone Report?

That question was posed by a veteran pro-Israel lobbyist who called yesterday and suggested the timing and tone of the resolution condemning the report on this year's Gaza war, which is expected to pass later today,  was meant to put the new pro-peace process group on the spot.

How so?

Is House Goldstone resolution a jab at J Street? And an Israel Project poll on the Gaza report

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 Is  the traditional pro-Israel lobby trying to paint J Street, the newish pro-peace process lobby and political action committee,  into corner with its nonbinding House resolution condemning the UN’s Goldstone Report? That question was posed by a veteran pro-Israel lobbyist who called yesterday and suggested the timing and tone of the resolution condemning the report on this year’s Gaza war, which is expected to pass later today,  was meant to put the new pro-peace process group on the spot.

Hillary in the Middle East: is the Obama administration hitting the 'reset' button?

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.”

Hillary Clinton in the Middle East: is the Obama administration hitting the ‘reset’ button?

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.”

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.

Jews Right To Fear Dinkins Do-Over

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 There’s nothing more predictable than politicians (and their followers) saying “my opponent is playing to people’s fears,” as if that disccredits the reason people are afraid in the first place. Opponents of William Thompson have warned that if elected this Democrat might turn New York back into the Fort Apache anarchy of the David Dinkins years, or into the Detroit or Newark of this year.

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.  
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