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Dear Senior: Bibi In High School

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009 (In 1996, when Bibi Netanyahu first became prime minister, I took a look back at his high school years in the United States and a girl who knew him when. With Netanyahu about to become prime minister again, and with the article no longer available in The Jewish Week’s online archives, here’s a reprise in response to several requests. — JM) Bibi Was There – And Then He Wasn’t By Jonathan Mark

Israel haters keep following Obama around

Thursday, March 12th, 2009 It’s funny, isn’t it, how anti-Zionists keep following Obama around, and the poor guy has nothing to do with it. How come Israel-haters didn’t keep following, say, Mario Cuomo around, or Rudy Giuliani, or Mitt Romney, but they can’t stay away from Barack Obama? They’re just drawn to him. Strange.  

Blessing of The Sun - 1981

Friday, March 13th, 2009 Did you observe “The Blessing of the Sun” the last time it came around, in 1981? If so, please e-mail me at   With appreciation,   JM

Blessing of the Sun - 1953

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 Almost no one remembers anything about how the Blessing of the Sun was observed in 1953 or earlier. Reb Zalman Schachter, ordained by Chabad, told me he had no particular awareness of earlier blessings: “You got up in the morning, davened, and made a bracha.”   The Jewish Week & American Examiner, ancestor of the The Jewish Week, did not cover the 1981 ceremonies, but it did run one advance item – albeit buried on the bottom of page 42 – further illuminating how Brooklyn reacted in 1953.  

Blessing of the Sun - 1897

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 Did I say, just the other day, that I couldn’t discover any reporting on the Blessing of the Sun prior to 1953, or in The New York Times prior to 1981? I was wrong.  

Gilad Shalit - 1000 Days (and counting)

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 Last week, Gilad Shalit passed Day 1000 in his captivity. Here’s a brief video shown at every school SAR day school, where everyone and everything paused, to remember, to keep the hope alive.  
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