Tea Party Too Close For Jewish Comfort?

Cantor’s loss, isolationist foreign policy and Jews in the GOP.

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Rep. Eric Cantor’s surprise loss in a primary election last week will leave Congress without a Republican Jewish member and pro-Israel organizations without one of their strongest advocates on Capitol Hill, but it will likely not diminish support for the Jewish community’s legislative agenda, political observers said this week.

Cantor silenced: The Virginia Republican was defeated by a Tea Party candidate.  Getty Images

Did Religion Play Role In Cantor’s Defeat?

Cultural factors seen influencing Tea Party voters in suburbs outside of Richmond.

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Rep. Eric Cantor’s loss a Tea Party-backed challenger Tuesday night in a shocking Republican primary upset was caused, in part, by his Jewish identity, says a political observer.

Cantor's religion made it harder to connect to the Christian, far-right voters in his new district. Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

New York Adjusts Candidate Petition Dates For Shavuot

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New York State moved up the launch of petition drives for primary candidates because the original date fell during Shavuot.

Private Schools Get A Subcommittee

What Orthodox councilman’s new body can — and can’t — achieve for day schools.

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Private schools now have their own City Council subcommittee, chaired by an Orthodox councilman from Midwood.

There’s no doubt Councilman Chaim Deutsch’s subcommittee will give private schools of all stripes more attention at City Hall. But it’s not clear that will translate into cold hard cash.

Private schools now have their own subcommittee on the City Council. Photo courtesy of Mazel Day School

City Council Bill Would Prevent Regulation Of Circumcision

Councilman Greenfield calls Board of Health interference "outrageous."

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Citing freedom of religion, Councilman David Greenfield has introduced legislation prohibiting the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Board of Health from taking any formal action against the controversial practice of metzitzah b’peh. 

The legislation, introduced at the Sept. 12 City Council meeting, has since been referred to the Health Committee for hearings. It addresses the Board of Health's requirement last year that mohelim obtain written consent from parents before performing the oral suction practice, which has been linked to dangerous infection.

Cut it out: Consent requirement for circumcision practice intrudes on religious practice, pol says. Getty Images

Roger Zakheim, 35

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The best offense is a good defense.

When Roger Zakheim was growing up in Silver Spring, Md., the talk around the dinner table was about the defense budget and foreign affairs — not surprising given that his father, Dov Zakheim, was an adjunct faculty member at the National War College as well as a defense department official, whose titles included undersecretary of defense for planning and resources in the second Reagan administration. He also served as an adviser during the 2000 campaign of George W. Bush.

Roger Zakheim, 35 -- Politics -- Believes the best offense is a good defense.

Stephanie Hausner, 28

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Political powerhouse.

By day, Stephanie Hausner is an official of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, specializing in challenges facing synagogues and religious schools.

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Bibi’s Choice: Work With Or Defy Obama


With a new Congress convening as Israel holds its national elections, it’s hard to miss the parallel narratives taking place in Washington and Jerusalem, and particularly between the Republican Party here and the dominant Likud Party there.

The First War Played Out On Social Networks

Social media changes the zeitgeist in ways we couldn't have imagined. As we saw with the recent presidential election, opinions and attacks now travel at the speed of light. And so it should be no surprise that the ongoing Middle East conflict in Gaza between the Palestinians and Israelis has escalated into a Cyber war.

Orthodox, Liberal And Lonely On The West Side

“Orthodox isolationism” plays out in Modern Orthodox Jews' parochial view of politics

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Looking around at my fellow worshipers at late Maariv services at the Carlebach Synagogue the other night, I pondered political affiliation. Who, mused I, are the Obama supporters, and who are in the Romney camp? When I nudged my pew-mate, a prominent West-Side M.D., and asked him, “65 percent Romney?” he sputtered, “Get real! We’re talking 90 percent, maybe 99 percent.  The 1 percent ‘Obama’ is you!”

What planet am I on?

Jerome Chanes
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