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Posted: Wed, 07/14/2010 - 11:31 | Political Insider

What is it about the Israeli psyche that talks about a U.S.-Israel alliance, but really demands an America that lavishes love on the Jewish state? And what is it about American policymakers that make them so blind to this need?

Posted: Tue, 07/13/2010 - 17:09 | Well Versed

The death this week of Harvey Pekar--the renowned, cantankerous cartoonist, and a Jew from Cleveland--cast a somber mood over the cultural landscape.  But for Jews in particular, the loss was significant.  One of his less publicized projects that he's currentlly under contract for, before his death on Monday, at age 70, was a history of Israel. 

Posted: Tue, 07/13/2010 - 13:32 | Political Insider

The job will look familiar, but when Jack Lew takes over as director of the Office of Management and Budget the challenges will look a whole lot more daunting than when he held the post during the last two years of the Bill Clinton administration.

Posted: Tue, 07/13/2010 - 09:00 | Political Insider

First the term was used by Palestinians, referring to artsy events meant as protests against Israel's occupation of Gaza and the West Bank; now Israelis and their supporters here are using “cultural intifada” to describe the accelerating trend of pop music and Hollywood stars who've decided to boycott Israel.

Cool; I'm sure Israel's brilliant PR mavens are patting themselves on the back for co-opting the phrase .

Posted: Mon, 07/12/2010 - 14:56 | Abigail in Love (Maybe)

If there is a word for falling in love with your therapist, what’s the word for falling for your hair stylist?

Because that was exactly what went down today at a salon stuck smack dab in the middle of a very kitschy, very loud, very Israeli mall in Jerusalem.

And by “loud” I mean it’s the chofesh hagadol, as they say here, which is another way of saying, the kids have been let out of school and if you thought it was loud before, you ain't heard nothing yet.

Posted: Sun, 07/11/2010 - 15:39 | Julie Wiener's In the Mix

 I'm on vacation in beautiful, but rainy, Maine (never fear, my home is being guarded by fierce, pistol-wielding house sitters and a pack of Dobermans -- and there's nothing of value in there anyway since I took the laptop and iPod along!)