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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Lashon Hara is one of the occupational hazards of this job.

 

It is not only religiously observant reporters who have to worry about being guilty of gossip but anyone with a  conscience. Responsible journalism is about balancing the public’s need to know with the privacy of individuals, their right to make mistakes and above all, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

 

But what do you do with someone who says the most damaging things — about himself?

 

Good reading on today’s Obama-Netanyahu-Abbas meeting

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 There’s been a lot of hype written about the Obama administration’s Middle East plans – everything from the claim the president is planning to impose a full-blown plan on the reluctant Israelis and Palestinians to the idea he’s been totally outfoxed by an Israeli Prime Minister much too sly for him.

Aliyah Blog, Part 11: An Update From Alexandra

 Aliyah Blog, Part 11: An Update From Alexandra

During my week in Israel, Alexandra Polsky had a bit of a more hectic schedule than the other olim I was covering as she settled into a yeshiva program in Tel Aviv, a temporary apartment in Jerusalem and searched for a job. So it was hard to keep in touch.

That’s why God created e-mail.

I received a lovely update from her this morning. And since I’m a little blogged out from 10 days of frantic posting, I thought it would be nice to let you hear from her in her own words:

Aliyah Blog, Part 11: An Update From Alexandra

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

During my week in Israel, Alexandra Polsky had a bit of a more hectic schedule than the other olim I was covering as she settled into a yeshiva program in Tel Aviv, a temporary apartment in Jerusalem and searched for a job. So it was hard to keep in touch.

 

That’s why God created e-mail.

 

I received a lovely update from her this morning. And since I’m a little blogged out from 10 days of frantic posting, I thought it would be nice to let you hear from her in her own words:

 

Quick Jewish Reaction to Goldstone Report, but Silence from the Left

Thursday, September 17th, 2009 Some Jewish groups were quick to get out their press releases blasting the “Goldstone Report,” the result of a United Nations investigation into last winter’s Gaza war  -  so quick it seems unlikely many actually read the 575- page report.

Why are Jews still liberal? Is there an echo in here?

  Wednesday, September 16th, 2009 I’ve mostly tuned out all the deep analysis over Norman Podhoretz’s new book asking “Why Are Jews Liberals,” mostly because  the whole discussion seems to me be about finding fancy ways to say the obvious. Talk about deju vu; this argument has been going on for decades, and we’re mostly still hearing the same blather.  

The 'Amish Week'

Some people think that The Jewish Week's biggest "rivals" are other Jewish papers. I don't see it that way. Our fiercest rivals are people who don't read Jewish papers, or newspapers at all. There's a real kinship that I feel with all ethnic/religious/small town newspapers -- and their writers, editors, sales people, and readers -- and that goes for my newest friends at this Amish paper in Ohio.

The Amish Week

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009 Some people think that The Jewish Week’s biggest “rivals” are other Jewish papers. I don’t see it that way. Our fiercest rivals are people who don’t read Jewish papers, or newspapers at all. There’s a real kinship that I feel with all ethnic/religious/small town newspapers — and their writers, editors, sales people, and readers — and that goes for my newest friends at this Amish paper in Ohio.

The Richest Jews in Congress (yawn)

 Monday, September 14th, 2009 Roll Call, one of two Capitol Hill newspapers, came out with its list of the 50 richest members of Congress today, and once again Jewish lawmakers are well represented – but far from dominant.
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