With the press abuzz about the royal wedding of Chelsea Clinton last weekend, JInsider began to reflect on the current state of Jewish “royalty.” Who are our own rich and famous Jews, the ones who make an impact?
How does Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu find relaxation? Bibi disclosed to the world his not-so-secret approach in a July CNN interview: “Every Saturday, our Sabbath, we have a day off. It's a very good idea --that this institution was brought into the world-- so I have a day off. Every Saturday, I take an hour and a half and I read from the Bible with my younger boy, who just won the National Bible Championship of Israel …I draw enormous reservoirs of strength and relaxation, and I think that is needed for all leaders but especially for the leaders of Israel.”
As part of our continuing effort to find deeper meaning and lessons in pop culture, we asked Rabbi Simon Jacobson to help reveal the Jewish wisdom and relevancy in the most recent front-page tabloid news.
The news surrounding Elena Kagan’s nomination has focused on more than her legal qualifications — her looks have caused a lot of buzz, too. Michael Savage, talk show commentator, said that Kagan “looks like she belongs in a kosher deli.” Another writer questioned, “Why do Janet Napolitano, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan all look like linebackers for the New York Jets?” JInsider wanted to get a Torah perspective on the relative importance of physical appearance from one of our favorite and most thoughtful rabbis, Rabbi Naomi Levy (www.nashuva.com).
In June, MyJewishLearning.com won the American Jewish Press Association's award for most “Outstanding Website.” Yasher Koach! We have great respect for CEO and Editor-in-Chief Daniel Septimus, who has led the effort to create an accessible and relevant source of Jewish wisdom on the net.