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Jailhouse Rav

Friday, June 26th, 2009 While telling prison stories, it’s a good time to remember my late friend, Rabbi Irving Koslowe, for many years the dean of New York’s prison chaplains. Here’s a piece from 1999, when the chaplain left Sing Sing for the final time.  

Swedes Never Miss An Opportunity To Miss…

Sunday, June 28th, 2009 American Jews used to be so proud of Abba Eban. He was less adored in Israel, and even less so in Europe. Just this week, a paper headlined, “Abba Museum Flops As Swedes Show Little Interest.”

Romance Of A Horse Thief

Friday, May 1st, 2009 Forget the Kentucky Derby. If you’re young and in love, or are romantically inclined, check out Ketubah, a filly running in the sixth race at Belmont.   If after that race you’re still feeling lucky, check out this Ketubah from an Ohio horse farm.  

Bambi’s Jewish Father

Monday, May 4th, 2009 The stag bambino had a Jewish father before being adapted by Disney. Check it out here.

Source of Inspiration

Friday, May 8th, 2009 The Shalem Center is once again proving to be a terrific source of Israeli leadership.   And Zionism, itself, is more of an inspiration in this world, even in some of the most out of the way places, more than is sometimes supposed.

We Know We Belong To The Land

Friday, May 8th, 2009 Real Americans support Israel. Check out this editorial from Oklahoma. They know we belong to the land. There’s no J Street, a street running one-way for the Palestinians, in the Sooner State, just real roads with soft shoulders like Route 66, the Mother Road. When the president speaks of peace and the “road map,” I think this.  

The Fire Last Time - Part 2

Thursday, May 28th, 2009 (Here’s another look back at the aftermath of the previous attack by Islamic radicals in Riverdale)   May 20, 2003   A Fire Next Time   The sentencing of an Arab who tried to bomb a Riverdale synagogue brings fears to surface.   Jonathan Mark - Associate Editor   Khaled J., leaning against a wall in the gloomy light of the Bronx County Courthouse, says he has nothing against Jews.  
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