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Heksher Tzedek OK With Esrog Racketeering?

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 Are Heksher Tzedek rabbis, are the Uri L’Tzedek ethical preachers, any better than the Rubashkins of Agriprocessors? Not when it come to Sukkot. When it’s Sukkos time, just days after Yom Kippur, ethics be damned.  

Wexler leaving Congress for Middle East peace group

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), a prominent member of the Jewish delegation in Congress and an early and vocal Barack Obama supporter, is leaving Congress to head up a group devoted to Middle East peace, according to the Miami Herald.

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group?

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group? October 13th, 2009

For weeks rumors have circulated that the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a pro-peace process group, was on the verge of shutting down – or merging with another organization.

This week there were reports that the group may merge with the Center for American Progress, a group that defines itself as “a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

For weeks rumors have circulated that the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a pro-peace process group, was on the verge of shutting down – or merging with another organization.

 

This week there were reports that the group may merge with the Center for American Progress, a group that defines itself as “a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.”

 

Helping Hands And Mixed Feelings

Monday, October 12th, 2009

As I sit in my Manhattan office and write this, my two teenagers are spending part of their isru chag day off from school dismantling the sukkah and returning it to long-term shed storage. I resist the urge to micromanage by calling them up to advise how to angle the metal poles to fit diagonally in the shed.

 

Do Words Speak Louder Than Actions?

Friday, October 9th, 2009

The deadline for nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize was Feb. 2.

 

That’s about 12 days into the Obama Administration. So it would be hard to argue that those who intended for President Barack Obama to win were judging him by his accomplishments, unless you consider his election itself through a highly skilled campaign a contribution to world peace.

 

Arafat, Neville, Did More For Peace Than Obama

Friday, October 9th, 2009 I don’t get it, how did Obama get the peace prize and not Chamberlain? At least Chamberlain came home from Munich with a piece of paper. And don’t dismiss the prize because Arafat won it. Don’t compare Obama’s accomplishments to Arafat’s. That’s not fair to Arafat. At least Arafat had the Oslo Accords to show for himself.  (That’s pretty grim, when you compare Obama to Arafat and Arafat comes out more worthy of the prize.)

George Mitchell’s latest Middle East adventures

Special envoy George Mitchell’s latest adventure in Middle East peacemaking seems to be getting off to a typically murky start.

Land For Peace, 1954

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 Some think that Israel’s settlements have done nothing for Israel politically. In fact, the settlements have given Israel something to give away. “Land for peace” – in the mouths of most Arabs, the most cynical phrase since Arbeit Macht Frei — requires land. If Israel didn’t have West Bank land, it would be asked to give up other land instead.  
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