Jewish Connectivity, Old And New

07/26/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

What does a chasidic rebbe’s tisch (literally, table, a large gathering of chasidim around their spiritual leader) have in common with a Birthright mega-event? At first glance, not much.

Teaching Talmud In Moscow

07/26/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Now that the Russian government permits the practice of religion, I often wonder what is happening to the Jews of Russia. This past May I found out. I spent the month in Moscow teaching Talmud at the Moscow State University for the Humanities. 

Oliver Stone apologizes for Jewish accusations

07/26/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone apologized for saying in an interview that the Jewish lobby controls Washington's foreign policy and that Hitler's actions should be put "into context."

Stone in an interview with the Sunday Times also had said that "Jewish domination of the media" has prevented an honest discussion about the Holocaust.

The Damage Done, and the Task Ahead

07/25/2010 - 20:00

The crisis in Israel over the so-called Rotem Bill regarding conversion practices and who should control them has been averted, at least for now. The bill was not brought to the floor for a vote because its sponsor realized he was short of the votes needed for passage.

Only the truly naïve about how these things work believe that this is the end of the story. Like a retrovirus, this issue of “who is a Jew” will surely rear its ugly head again in the not too distant future.

Oliver Stone decries Jewish lobby’s power

07/25/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone in an interview decried what he called the Jewish lobby's control over Washington's foreign policy and said that Hitler's actions should be put "into context."

Stone in an interview with the Sunday Times also said that "Jewish domination of the media" has prevented an honest discussion about the Holocaust.

Jewish organizational and Israeli officials condemned the remarks, which were published Sunday.

How The NYPD Nabbed 'Kill Jews' Flier Suspect

Good detective work, technology, luck and a cooperative boss led to arrest of livery cab driver.
07/22/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

In the course of investigating a spate of anti-Semitic leafleting spanning 16 months, two detectives from the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force kept coming across pieces of a logo on the back of the nasty missives.

Sometimes they saw an X, or sometimes a Z.

Telling Our Story

07/19/2010 - 20:00

In “The Arabian Nights,” Scheherazade keeps herself alive by weaving a narrative spell: her story is so thrilling that the Sultan keeps her around to hear the next night’s continuation.

Staying alive through stories: this is part of the secret of the Jewish people. We tell our tales, day by day, night after night. On Tisha b’Av we recount the story of destruction and loss. On Passover, of liberation and triumph. On Rosh HaShanah, of creation, on Shabbat of rest. Scholars, sages, fiddlers, fools — each magic link in the chain pulls us to the next.

Did Harper Lee Whitewash The Jewish Past?

As ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ turns 50, caught up in the backlash against Atticus Finch is the novel’s Jewish question.
07/12/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which is being marked this summer, was supposed to be a celebratory event. But at least in the press, the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel that still sells about a million copies a year has become the subject of ruthless criticism.

To kill a Mockingbird

Jack Lew to head budget office, deal with flood of red ink

The job will look familiar, but when Jack Lew takes over as director of the Office of Management and Budget the challenges will look a whole lot more daunting than when he held the post during the last two years of the Bill Clinton administration.

Gallup fills in blank in AJC poll: Jews still like Obama

In response to this week’s American Jewish Committee Survey of Jewish Public Opinion,  I expressed regret that while it showed growing skepticism over elements of his Mideast policy, the poll left open the question of overall Jewish support for a president who won 78 percent of the Jewish vote in last year’s election.

Today we got an answer.

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