Jonathan Mark's blog

Yom Hashoah: When The Boston Braves Wore Swastikas

Contrary to coventional wisdom, the swastika was far from obscure before the Nazis, and so benign that it was an infrequent but not unknown sports logo even in North America.

Senta Berger Casts A Giant Shadow

Once upon a time, before Tel Aviv filmmakers invented the Israeli thumb-sucking depressive anti-war movie filmed in a cloud of cigarettes, being a liberal in Hollywood meant being more Zionist than the Stern Gang.

Advice For Obama From Menachem Begin

With Benyamin Netanyahu coming to the United States, so soon after the tantrum by Hillary Clinton and Jeremiah Wright’s 20-year congregant, we’re reminded of Menachem Begin’s response back in 1981 when a previous administration tried to slap Israel like a dog one time too often. Check this out from Begin.

Rabbis’ Posse Closing In On Avi Weiss

The RCA doesn’t like the way Avi has been spinning things, he’s been talking too loudly and defiantly, saying that he came away with a victory – about anything. So now the word “maharat” has to go, not just “rabba.” Both the RCA and Agudah are in agreement that Hebrew Institute itself will now have to decide if it is Orthodox or not. This is no longer about Avi alone.
 

Agudah: Avi Weiss Shul Not Orthodox

It's a strange thing about some liberal rabbis. They knock the concept of "Das Torah" (the unilateral and unquestioned right of sages to guide their community based upon their mastery of Torah). But then, when a rabbi such as Avi Weiss want to create a woman rabbi, he acts unilaterally, without respecting any communal consensus, based upon what he says is his own mastery and understanding of Torah. In other words, his Das Torah.  

Night At The Museum: 6,000,001

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 The minute that news of the shooting got out, the first thing that many were getting ready to say is that we shouldn’t blame all Islamic supremicists Moslems.  

Riverdale Four Get Top Terrorist Lawyer

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Manis & Yitz

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

The Rebbe On War, Enemies, and Negotiating Land

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 In light of the controversy over Manis Friedman’s remarks about the Jewish way to wage war against Arabs, here’s something from Chabad.org about how the Lubavitcher rebbe approached the same question, years ago. It was originally posted during Israel’s war in Gaza. (Click HERE for original page) Should I Pray For The Death Of Terrorists? By Tzvi Freeman Question:

Why Do They Hate Us? Maybe Obama’s A Bully

Friday, June 19th, 2009 One of the major complaints by the radical left against the Bush administration was that it was too uniltaral in its foreign affairs, it didn’t take advice from other countries, and the left often pointed to polls showing that support for the United States fell to new lows under Bush.   How’s Obama doing?  
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