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The Timeless Bad-Things/Good People Question

Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinberg, leader of the Orthodox Union, is out with an inspiring op-ed carried by JTA about how we as Jews should respond to massive disasters. It’s well worth a read.

Jordan Now Under Gun Following Suicide Bombing

Relations with Israel and U.S. seen strained following killings on CIA base in Afghanistan.

01/06/2010

The use of a Jordanian double agent by al Qaeda in the suicide bombing that killed seven CIA officers and a Jordanian in Afghanistan last week will make Israelis and Americans wary in their future dealings with Jordan, according to an American security expert.

The Jordanian spy service had reportedly vouched for the would-be informant, which the security expert, Shoshana Bryen, said was apparently good enough for the man to enter a secure CIA base without the customary security screening.

Seven stars will be added to the memorial wall at CIA headquarters in Virginia to mark the deaths of the seven CIA officers kill

Romance Of A Horse Thief

Friday, May 1st, 2009 Forget the Kentucky Derby. If you’re young and in love, or are romantically inclined, check out Ketubah, a filly running in the sixth race at Belmont.   If after that race you’re still feeling lucky, check out this Ketubah from an Ohio horse farm.  

Jews Split On Pius Sainthood Action

Surprise move by Benedict for wartime pope leading to fresh schism among interfaith experts.

12/23/2009
Staff Writer

A cloud of suspicion will hover above the Bishop of Rome when he crosses the Tiber River to visit Rome’s Great Synagogue next month.

Pope Benedict XVI’s planned visit on Jan. 17 to the synagogue — the second in history by the leader of the Roman Catholic Church — will take place in the shadow of renewed controversy over Pope Pius XII, the pontiff during World War II whose ambiguous record has soured Jewish-Catholic relations for four decades.

Two Papers, Two Stories; One Paper, Two Stories

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009 Two papers tells a different story, or rather the same story in different ways. “Israeli Shells Kill 40 At Gaza U.N. School” (New York Times headline, Jan. 7).   Or was it, “Hamas In Human Shield Atrocity: Uses School As Mortar Lair Where Children Die” (New York Post headline, Jan. 7).

The Cossacks Are Coming

Friday, August 22nd, 2008 Call me nostalgic, but my favorite part of the Russian-Georgian war was the Cossacks.   In the end, you need your enemy. If the Dodgers disappeared from the face of the earth, Giants fans would be the sorrier. Many college football fans hate Notre Dame but everyone wants to see them play. I’d like to see the Cossacks, provided I’m not dressed like Motle Kamzoil when they come galloping by.  

Carter And Cocoa For Hamas

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 I think Jimmy Carter is every bit the anti-Zionist, perhaps even the anti-Semite, that many Jews think he is. And yet, as a father, I liked the idea of Carter talking to Hamas.

Blood Brothers

09/17/2008
Staff Writer
In the westernmost nook of the Port Authority Bus Terminal last Thursday, Sept. 11, the New York Blood Center offered typical blood drive mementos, like apple juice, jelly beans and Oreo cookies. Strewn among these American delicacies were a handful of taco-flavored Bissli snacks, Osem Duvshaniot honey cookies and assorted Israeli candies.

Generation Patrilineal

12/24/2009
Staff Writer

Joelle Asaro Berman was born to an Italian-American mother and a Jewish father in 1983, the very same year that Reform rabbis voted to recognize as Jewish the children of such unions, provided they made “appropriate and timely public and formal acts of identification with the Jewish faith and people.”

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