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How Iran Could Bolster Israel

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Ah, if only logic applied to the Middle East.

Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic, has a provocative piece in the July/August issue of the magazine, entitled “How Iran Could Save The Middle East.”

His thesis, well worth considering, is that based on the Mideast cliché, “the enemy of my enemy is my friend,” key states in the region like Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt could form an alliance with Israel based on their common opposition to and fear of Iran, especially a nuclear Iran.

Rabbis Who Dissemble (The Ethics of Lying)

Friday, June 12th, 2009

One of the most disturbing aspects of a controversy we covered this week never made it into the story, due to constraints of deadlines and space.

The report was about a prominent Orthodox rabbi’s alleged statements suggesting that it is permissible to cheat on one’s tax return, presumably because Jews only have to be honest in their halachic dealings, and not necessarily in activities outside of that universe.

Time To Hug A Shul

Riverdale Jews wanted to do something in reaction to the terrorist plot to blow up two shuls — but what? If you weren’t a rabbi or a politician getting your picture taken, the interfaith gathering (May 21) at Riverdale Jewish Center was as much of a dud as the fake bombs. On the other hand, no one really wanted to have a outdoor rally with speakers and placards. Someone suggested a candelight vigil, or community march, such as black leaders organized the other week after the accidental shooting of a black policeman. The black leaders understood that a communal display of unity and dignity was not only a tribute to the deceased but a statement of caring that would get media reaction, as well as giving a traumatized neighborhood inspiration, a sense of community, and something to do — if only to walk.

Jewish Continuity & Tuna Continuity

Anyone who keeps a semblance of kosher knows that the tuna — be it as a tuna fish sandwich or sushi — is the most important Jewish fish of all. (Whitefish and Pike place and show). The tuna is to the luncheonette what the chicken is to the Shabbos table, no other wildlife have sacrificed more for the Jewish people. If God created the Leviathan fish for the Great Feast when the Messiah comes, He created the tuna for these days while he tarries. That’s why this article in The Wall Street Journal has me so concerned.

But There Is No `Palestine’

Friday, June 5th, 2009

It may seem churlish, in the wake of President Obama’s lofty speech to the Muslim world yesterday, to note that despite his references to “Palestine,” there is no such entity.

There is the Palestinian Authority, of course, whose president is Mahmoud Abbas, and there is the belief, shared by many, that its goal is the creation of a Palestinian state, though its actions in recent years indicate otherwise.

Are Vacations A Luxury, Or Necessity?

Friday, June 5th, 2009

As summer arrives, young people dream of adventure, thoughts of cruises and road trips and theme parks dancing in their heads.

For all too many these days, dreaming and thoughts are all they’re going to get.

Among the fondest memories of my childhood are driving down the East Coast to Florida in my father’s big Chevy Impala (the minivan of its time), stopping at almost every point of interest in between; driving up north to Toronto and Montreal, several trips to Israel and one out west to California, Arizona and Nevada.

Obama’s Cairo speech, friendship with Israel and finding the right balance

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 There will be plenty of commentaries about President Obama’s speech to the Islamic world in Cairo today, and Jewish groups were weighing in even before he finished speaking.  There was lots of meat to chew on, and the Jewish world is going to sate its appetite on the stuff for a long time. Despite Obama’s strong and unequivocal statement against settlements, it was the first time an Arab and Muslim audience heard a strongly pro-Israel speech from a major leader.

Will Congress rise to Netanyahu’s defense on settlements?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009 Will President Barack Obama face big trouble in Congress if he continues putting the squeeze on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the issue of Jewish settlements – and if Bibi continues to resist?

Obama’s Cairo Speech: Speculation Mounting

Sunday, May 31st, 2009 The political insider is back from vacation, but even the shores of Tuscany weren’t far enough away to block out a faint buzz about President Barack Obama’s upcoming speech to the Muslim world, scheduled for next Thursday in Cairo.
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