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A Strained Clash: Palestinian Rockets “Strain” Israel-Hamas Truce

Sunday, June 29th, 2008 Just hours, really, into the Hamas-Israel truce, rockets flew out of Gaza and landed in Israel. “Gaza truce strained by rocket fire,” headlined Reuters (June 28). Strained? Sending rockets into another country is an act of war. What would the Palestinians of Gaza have to do to advance this beyond strained?

Tania Grossinger’s Book and the Real Catskills

Monday, June 30th, 2008 Summer’s here and there’s a new book in the bookstores, “Growing Up At Grossinger’s” (Skyhorse Publishing), by Tania Grossinger that turns out to be an old book, a reprint of what she first published in 1976, that has almost nothing to do with the hotel that many of us remember and miss. Considering that the hotel closed after the original publication, one could have hoped for a serious autopsy, but that would be hoping for too much.

The Israel Parade Again

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 The Salute To Israel Parade is back in town this Sunday, and it’s terrific in a multitude of ways, which begs the question: Why does just about every Jewish day school lack confidence in the appeal of this parade, so much so that have to make attendance at the parade “mandatory”? Kids naturally love parades, and most yeshiva kids love Israel, so why is everyone so sure kids won’t come to this parade without a whip and chair?

Today Is Purim In Hebron

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 Check it out — today, the 14th day of Tevet, is Purim in Hebron.

Greatest Jewish Pitcher Of The Decade

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 With Jason Marquis signing with the Washington Nationals, here are some press notes (with assistance from Martin Abramowitz at, and Of the 14 Jewish pitchers from 2000-2009, Jason Marquis was the decade’s dominant Jewish hurler with a record of 94-83; an era of 4.48, a WHIP of 1.42 and 867 strikeouts.

Michael Oren Correct To Stomp On J Street

My colleague, James Besser, asked, on his blog , why Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren (correctly described as “smart and sophisticated”)  “continues to pick needless fights” with J Street, the so-called and cynically self-described “pro-peace process lobby” and political action committee (see a JTA story on Oren’s latest comments).

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