Monday, December 22nd, 2008
There’s a nice campaign, “Unite The Lights,” to have — on the night of Tuesday, December 23 — a spiritual linkage of Chanukah lights everywhere, beginning with the candle lighting at the Statue of Liberty. ”For you youngsters out there,” as Ed Sullivan used to say, Unite The Lights is doing a Monday launch on YouTube and Facebook, with a widget to ignite the light.
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.
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.
Bollywood comes to the Upper East Side in the form of a new, wrist-swiveling cardio workout. But no pelvic gyrations, please.
Jewish Week Correspondent
It isn’t as if my physical therapist didn’t warn me.
“You’ll do hops and jumps,” said Kunjal, who is of Indian descent, hinting that Bollywood-style dancing might undo some of the progress we’d been making with my arthritic right knee.
Half asleep from his late-night travels to Mumbai, Chaim Zaklos trailed groggily behind an energetic Gavriel Holtzberg and suddenly found himself aboard a wooden motorboat, on an early spring morning of 2006. Filled with 150 ferry passengers and zero life jackets, the vessel rumbled away from the Gateway of India and chugged through a predawn Mumbai Harbor for about an hour, as the sun rose over their destination — the town of Alibag.
Freezing rain pattered against the dusty windowpanes of 770 Eastern Parkway last Sunday afternoon as frenzied staffers hurried up and down the twisted stairwell that leads to the Chabad.org office in Crown Heights. Inside, writers and editors of the movement’s popular Web site looked for new information on the unfolding tragedy in Mumbai, India. Their reddened eyelids were peeled back in exhaustion and their wrinkled tzitzit dangled from untucked white button-downs, as they munched on stale scrambled eggs and drank flat bottled soda to stay awake.
In the weeks since the Mumbai terrorist attack, the Chabad movement has directed contributions from supporters primarily to two campaigns: One to aid the child whose emissary parents were slain, and another to rebuild the badly damaged outreach center and re-establish operations there, which could cost as much as $1 million, according to a Chabad estimate.
But at the same time, some Chabad leaders are acting on their own to secure funds and resources to make dozens of Chabad houses in far-flung outposts safer.
As they mourned a rabbi and his wife murdered by terrorists in Mumbai, officials of the Chabad Lubavitch worldwide outreach movement were encouraging their emissaries in other parts of the world to stay strong and continue their mission.
"You know how to face adversity and challenges," said Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky at a press conference in Crown Heights Brooklyn that was televised around the world. " Keep strong and continue to forge ahead with courage and fortitude in the service of our people and mankind to make this a better place to live for all."
The other day, on a lark, I created a Facebook group called “I Refuse To Join Pointless Facebook Groups,” and invited several hundred of my online friends to join. As of this writing, about three dozen have joined this pointless group, some perhaps aware of the irony, some not.