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Time’s Excellent Coverage Of The Shoah - 1943

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 Despite all the apologists, anyone in the United States during the 1940s, particularly a Jew, who said that he or she had no idea about the Holocaust was either an idiot or illiterate. Despite all the attacks on the media for not telling everything, and for not telling it on the front page, any person who read Time magazine, the number one newsweekly in 1943, was given all the information required to know that an extermination was underway that was unparalleled in history.  

Israel’s Disproportionate Response

Monday, December 29th, 2008 I condemn Israel’s disproportionate attack on Hamas because, so far, it has only lasted a few days and I would like to see a proportionate response that terrifies Hamas for eight years, the years that have filled Sderot and neighboring towns with nightmares, death, amputations and trauma coming from rockets and mortars fired from Gaza.  

Pallin’ Around With A Terrorist’s Son

Thursday, November 6th, 2008  Ali Abunimah, editor of Electronic Intifada, is quite upset that Obama is pallin’ around with Rahm Israel Emanuel, the son of a so-called “terrorist” with Menachem Begin’s Irgun, back in the 1940s. Emanuel, of course, was Obama’s first appointment, as chief of staff.    From “Hussein” being the middle name we wondered about, Rahm’s middle name — Israel — now has every Haman in the Arab world wondering how the son of an Irgun guy is Obama’s new Mordechai.

So Long, Studs

Monday, November 10th, 2008 Born in the Bronx to Russian Jewish immigrants, Studs Terkel (who was to become “the walking anthology of all things Chicago) didn’t particularly see himself as Jewish, except as an agnostic’s ethnic curiosity. But his recent death underlined, for me, at least, the serious difference between Stud’s leftist politics and that of Bill Ayers.   The left of Ayers, and his Weather Underground, was nihilist, born of rage, leading to bombings and death, to a culture of loathing for anyone who disagreed.

The Tikkun Of Abortion

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 There’s been some interesting reconsiderations of abortion lately, on the left and the right.  

Hasidic Diamond Merchants, Hillary & The Price of Gas

Monday, November 17th, 2008   With Rahm Emanuel in the news, let’s catch up with some of the other Clintonistas.   There’s been much discussion over the oddity of Bush advisor Karl Rove suddenly being a member of the media (Fox News), to the extent that an analyst is. (Some analysts are, indeed, journalists, but too many are “homers,” as predictably devoted to their home team as Phil Rizzuto was in the Yankee both).  

Wooden Ships: Almanac For A Cold November

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 This is the season of Mashiv HaRuach, “He makes the wind blow and the rain fall.” And this was Shabbat Mevorchim, the Blessing of the New Month — Chanukah’s month, Kislev, beginning Thanksgiving night, Nov. 27.  

Mumbai Update: Chabad’s Happy Warriors Don’t Surrender

Friday, November 28th, 2008   I never met Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg or Rebbetzin Rivkah Holtzberg, martyrs of the Mumbai massacre, but I met more than a thousand of their spiritual brothers and sisters, the shluchim and shluchot, the rebbe’s emissaries, and here’s what they always told me when the situation was darkest.  

Mumbai Update: Thoughts Before Shiva

Sunday, November 30th, 2008 In the wake of the Mumbai massacre, do you think we can give our Quixotic obsession with Jewish-Muslim “dialogue” a rest, at least until after all the Jews get up from shiva? Don’t worry, it’s only a few days, then all the professional dialoguers can go back to dialoguing all they want.  

Kaddish For JJ Greenberg

Monday, October 6th, 2008   “Scarecrow and a yellow moon, Pretty soon a carnival on the edge of town. King Harvest has surely come.”   - The Band  
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