Jewish Republicans were crowing this afternoon about a new Quinnipiac poll showing a big drop in President Barack Obama's support among a Jewish electorate that gave him overwhelming support last November.
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
Jewish Republicans were crowing this afternoon about a new Quinnipiac poll showing a big drop in President Barack Obama’s support among a Jewish electorate that gave him overwhelming support last November.
Stuart Rockoff, Southerner by birth and Northerner by education, is one of the most prominent voices of Southern Jewry. Since 2002, he has served as director of the history department at the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life and the Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience in Jackson, Miss. The institute provides educational and rabbinic services to isolated Jewish communities, and documents the history of Jews in the South, where nearly 400,000 live. Rockoff was here a few days after the historic presidential election to speak at Village Temple in Manhattan.
Samuel J. Wurzelbacher of Toledo, Ohio, became the most famous plumber in the United States during this year’s presidential campaign for a question he asked then Sen. Barack Obama about the candidate’s tax policies.
Now Joe the Plumber is Joe the War Correspondent.
Wurzelbacher, who became a campaign punch line and John McCain supporter, went to Israel last week to report on the war in Gaza for the conservative Pajamas TV (www.pjtv.com) Web site.
Since I'm on the subject of Islam bashing: I was struck by new reports describing the ACLU's legal defense of Christian students at a Florida high school who think it's cool to wear T-shirts with the slogan 'Islam is of the devil.” (See a Florida ACLU release on the controversy here)
The adults who told these kids it's OK to wear slogans defaming another faith should be taken out to the religious pluralism woodshed.
No, the kids outfitted in crowns and capes aren’t real monarchs — just a pair of young members of the Vizhnitz chasidic community listening to the Megillah reading on Purim this week in Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv.
Throughout the country — and Jewish communities in the diaspora — Jews of all ages and all religious affiliations attended Megillah readings, dressed up in costumes, attended parties, drank copious amounts of distilled brew and took part in festive parades.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
Since I’m on the subject of Islam bashing: I was struck by new reports describing the ACLU’s legal defense of Christian students at a Florida high school who think it’s cool to wear T-shirts with the slogan ‘Islam is of the devil.” (See a Florida ACLU release on the controversy here)
These are angry times in which we live. The Internet and cable television provide fertile soil for growing rage on the right and the left; both ends of the political spectrum are rife with conspiracy theories singling out scapegoats for national woes, real and imagined. And those who dare criticize the fomenters of rage themselves become targets.
As a prisoner swap for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was said to be closer than ever this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reportedly poised to declare a 10-month settlement freeze.
“Netanyahu is set to announce in the coming days that he will accept a construction freeze in the West Bank settlements for 10 months but will exclude [Palestinian east] Jerusalem,” Yossi Beilin, a former leader of the left-wing Meretz party, was quoted as saying.
Comment on settlement influx seen tied to biblical prophecy
Jewish Democrats say she’s the best thing that could happen to them in 2012, and Republicans say she’s almost beside the point as Jewish voters sour on President Barack Obama’s Israel policies, runaway budget deficits and a faltering domestic agenda.