The Blumenthal Follies

It's starting to look as if Connecticut may not have two Jewish U.S. senators after all, thanks to yet another politician who believed voters are dolts and journalists are lazy.

With New Manifesto, Left Looks To Recharge

‘Peace camp’ grasping for a new vision and way out of political wilderness.
05/17/2010 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The post-Sabbath demonstration in Jerusalem’s Zion Square this week was a metaphor for the political wilderness that the Israeli “peace camp” finds itself in these days.

Many held blue and white placards reading “Zionists Aren’t Settlers” and “Stop Settling.” Others held up banners of the dovish group Peace Now.  

About 2,000 dovish Israelis turned out Saturday night in Jerusalem’s Zion Square as the left tries to gain new traction. Getty

An Outlaw In Autumn

Yosef Begun, the old prisoner of Zion, still defiant.
05/17/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Yosef Begun, 78, one of the great refusenik “outlaws” of the last century, walks with a gentle lope through the streets of big cities, as out of place as an old cowboy after the frontiers got civilized. Others his age might think of themselves in life’s twilight but his twilight was long ago, when he was in his 30s, in the half-light of prison cells, where he’d remember a song about walking through the valley of the shadow of death, fearing nothing.

Yosef Begun’s place in Jewish life has gone from myth to among the missing. michael datikash

Scouts Are Unlikely Path To Jewishness

As the Boy Scouts marks its centennial, unaffiliated finding a heimishe home.
05/17/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The Boy Scouts, of all organizations, lit a Jewish fire under Alex Rosenblatt.

Scouts honor.

Rosenblatt of Dix Hills, L.I., is a 21-year-old who never went to Hebrew school, didn’t have a bar mitzvah and whose parents don’t believe in organized religion. His only formal Jewish training came from the Boy Scouts.

“I learned a lot,” said Rosenblatt, now a senior at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pa. “It led to an exploration of my own faith.”

Higher ground: A bar mitzvah boy at a recent Boy Scouts Jamboree.

Clinton Announces Draft UN Iran Sanctions Plan that Includes China and Russia

05/17/2010 - 20:00

Broad international sanctions aimed at thwarting Iran's nuclear ambitions could be a step closer, thanks to a U.S.-brokered deal that includes Russia and China, countries that have balked at tough economic penalties.

“We have reached agreement on a strong draft with the cooperation of both Russia and China,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday. “We plan to circulate that draft resolution to the entire [UN] Security Council today.”

The Oren-At-Brandeis Controversy: Two Views

05/17/2010 - 20:00

Israeli Ambassador Wrong For Commencement.

Rebecca Blady And Hillel Buechler
Special to the Jewish Week

Justice Sought Against French Railroad

05/17/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Holocaust survivors met with officials on Capitol Hill to discuss legislation that will help them pursue a lawsuit against a French railroad company.

Leo Bretholz and Mathilde Freund were both refugees from Austria living in Vichy, France during World War II.

Perfidious Son: Aaron David Miller Rejects the Peace Process

05/16/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Depending on your view of the Middle East and the Obama administration, Aaron David Miller is either a hero or a turncoat.

Pat Buchanan Slams Obama Over Kagan

05/15/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan slammed President Obama for nominating a Jewish woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Obama Authorizes $205 Million for Iron Dome

05/13/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The Obama administration authorized $205 million to allow Israel to complete its Iron Dome short-range missile defense system.

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