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J Street, and Mom’s Yahrtzeit

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 “And Rachel… had hard labor… it came to pass as her soul was departing… Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Efrata (Bethlehem). And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave, the same as is on Rachel’s grave until this day.”   This week, Heshvan 11 (Thursday, Oct. 29) is that day of Mother Rachel’s passing. I just might light a candle. That’s what family does. I’m her kid.

Maccabi Coach Apologizes To Knicks

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 October 27, 2009   JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli basketball coach apologized for making a scene after being ejected from his team’s exhibition game against the New York Knicks.   Pini Gershon, head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, delayed the Oct. 18 game in Madison Square Garden for about 10 minutes when he refused to leave the court after being ejected with two technical fouls.  

Rambam In Hebron

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 (Everything below is excerpted from an e-mail sent by Hebron’s David Wilder)   In 1165 Moshe ben Maimon, known as Maimonides or the Rambam, visited Eretz Yisrael. In the preface to his commentary on the Talmudic tractate of Rosh Hashana he writes of his visit to Hebron.  

Oren And The Neturei Kartas Of J Street

Monday, October 19th, 2009 J Street, a devious and dangerous neo-Jewish organization, an anti-Israel group with the Orwellian cynicism to call itself “pro-Israel,” is having a major gathering next week. They invited Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren to speak. So far, he’s blown them off. Wisely. (Update: The embassy announced that the Ambassador won’t be going but someone from the embassy will attend simply as an observer. After all, these guys have to be carefully watched.)  

Heksher Tzedek OK With Esrog Racketeering?

Thursday, October 15th, 2009 Are Heksher Tzedek rabbis, are the Uri L’Tzedek ethical preachers, any better than the Rubashkins of Agriprocessors? Not when it come to Sukkot. When it’s Sukkos time, just days after Yom Kippur, ethics be damned.  

Arafat, Neville, Did More For Peace Than Obama

Friday, October 9th, 2009 I don’t get it, how did Obama get the peace prize and not Chamberlain? At least Chamberlain came home from Munich with a piece of paper. And don’t dismiss the prize because Arafat won it. Don’t compare Obama’s accomplishments to Arafat’s. That’s not fair to Arafat. At least Arafat had the Oslo Accords to show for himself.  (That’s pretty grim, when you compare Obama to Arafat and Arafat comes out more worthy of the prize.)

Land For Peace, 1954

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 Some think that Israel’s settlements have done nothing for Israel politically. In fact, the settlements have given Israel something to give away. “Land for peace” – in the mouths of most Arabs, the most cynical phrase since Arbeit Macht Frei — requires land. If Israel didn’t have West Bank land, it would be asked to give up other land instead.  

Chol HaMoed At The Coney Sideshow

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009 Check out Chol HaMoed at the Coney Island sideshow.

Simchas Torah, 1939

Simchas Torah, 1939

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 Today is October 6.  
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