In a gripping new documentary airing on PBS on April 14, during National Holocaust Remembrance Week, historian and author Daniel Jonah Goldhagen makes a convincing case that genocide - the systematic effort to eliminate an entire group perceived of as deserving of death -- is even more destructive than armed conflict, and yet often can be prevented.
In absence of talks, Palestinian prime minister’s move could trigger violence, experts warn.
‘Next year in Jerusalem.”
With that renewed cry from Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad about the creation of a Palestinian state as early as next summer — with east Jerusalem as its capital — several analysts feared this week that Fayyad has built up Palestinian expectations to a point that could spark violence.
A Passover seder on the Baltic is a rare chance for isolated Jews to celebrate together.
Gdansk, Poland – Marianna Grochola left her home at 11:30 a.m. last Monday for a 6:45 p.m. seder.
A widow and retired accountant, a child survivor of the Holocaust who grew up in communist Poland, Grochola took a bus to her railroad station in Slupsk, a small town 120 miles west of Gdansk. Then she took a slow train north, then walked a few miles from the main railroad station here to the city’s sole extant synagogue, the site of the first-night seder.
Monday, November 17th, 2008
With Rahm Emanuel in the news, let’s catch up with some of the other Clintonistas.
There’s been much discussion over the oddity of Bush advisor Karl Rove suddenly being a member of the media (Fox News), to the extent that an analyst is. (Some analysts are, indeed, journalists, but too many are “homers,” as predictably devoted to their home team as Phil Rizzuto was in the Yankee both).
Four years after Fred Ehrman, Manhattan investment advisor and Jewish activist, took part in a campaign to change what members of the Jewish community read, he is trying to influence how they speak.
In 2002 his target was The New York Times. Convinced that the paper's Middle East coverage was prejudiced against Israel, he was a leader of an effort to have Jews stop buying the Times.
Rabbi Seymour Fox, a prominent Jewish educator in the United States and Israel for a half-century, died of heart failure July 10 in his Jerusalem home, two weeks after announcing his plans to retire from administration and return to teaching. He was 77.
Known in Israel by his Hebrew name, Shlomo, he had served with the educational Mandel Foundation at the time of his death. A prolific author, he was known as an inspirational teacher and manager.
There is no more cautionary concept in Judaism than that of mitzvah haba b’avera – the act of tainting a good deed by committing a bad deed in the process.
I’m sure most halachic decisors would concur that we are not to be judged simply on a system of how many mitzvot we rack up in our lives (like points in a game) but by the manner in which we conduct ourselves and the consideration and thoughtfulness we put into our actions.
Thursday, August 21st, 2008
James Besser in Washington
The John McCain campaign is starting to sound a lot like the Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) in its efforts to win over Jewish voters.
This week the campaign reprised a favorite ZOA them when it went after former diplomat Dan Kurtzer, a Barack Obama foreign policy adviser who served as U.S. ambassador to Israel from 2001 to 2005.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2008
James Besser in Washington
The Barack Obama presidential campaign, still fighting hard to shore up the Jewish vote (this week Daniel Shapiro, an advisor to the campaign, signed on as official Jewish outreach coordinator) can’t be entirely thrilled with today’s announcement of additional speakers for next week’s convention.
Buried in a long list of names was one certain to raise the hackles of many Jewish voters: former President Jimmy Carter.