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Coming Around Again…the High Holidays Near

08/23/2009
Special to the Jewish Week

It’s just about at this time of year that I begin thinking in earnest of the topics that I want to address in my High Holiday sermons.  Some years ago, in a fit of preparedness, I wrote my sermons early in July, and then Yasser Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin shook hands on the South Lawn of the White House in August and ruined every rabbi’s already-written sermons for that year.  I’ve learned!

George Mitchell's Mideast job: Optimist in Chief?

The Politico's prolific Laura Rozen has an interesting and revealing item today discussing Middle East special envoy George Mitchell's interview with Charlie rose, in which he opines that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations “should last no more than two years.  We hope the parties agree. Personally,  I think it can be done in a shorter period of time.” Asked about the issue of Jerusalem, Mitchell concedes that it is “very complicated, difficult, emotional on all sides.” What tipped him off?

Mitchell’s Mideast job: Optimist-in-chief

Thursday, January 7th, 2010 The Politico’s prolific Laura Rozen has an interesting and revealing item today discussing Middle East special envoy George Mitchell’s interview with Charlie rose, in which he opines that Israeli-Palestinian negotiations “should last no more than two years.  We hope the parties agree. Personally,  I think it can be done in a shorter period of time.”

Why are pro-Israel groups so quiet about U.S. arms sales to Arab countries?

Have pro-Israel groups in Washington essentially thrown in the towel when it comes to big U.S. arms sales to Arab countries?  It depends on who you ask. The issue has relevance this week because of a Ha'aretz story  about growing concern in Israeli military circles about big new U.S. sales to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates  of weapons like bunker-busting bombs and anti-ship missiles.  Concern, maybe. But once again pro-Israel groups in Washington, renowned for their political muscle, aren't doing much. At least publicly.

Arab Arms Sales: Ssssh, Quiet

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 Have pro-Israel groups in Washington essentially thrown in the towel when it comes to big U.S. arms sales to Arab countries?  It depends on who you ask. The issue has relevance this week because of a Ha’aretz report about growing concern in Israeli military circles about big new U.S. sales to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates  of weapons like bunker-busting bombs and anti-ship missiles.

Hitting A High See

05/16/2003
Staff Writer
With a voice reminiscent of Cecilia Bartoli's and a profile resembling Barbra Streisand's, Laurie Rubin seems born for singing stardom. Rubin, 24, was also born blind. Easily overlooked by directors who "don't want to be responsible if I fall off the stage," Rubin says she has to work harder than the next mezzo-soprano to get ahead.

Saving Vilna’s Jewish Books

11/30/2007
Staff Writer
 White House ceremony earlier this month, President George W. Bush honored several Jewish intellectuals who are authors of prominent books, and one Jewish New Yorker who helped save thousands and thousands of Jewish books.
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