Rabbi Haskel Lookstein (and Casablanca's Vctor Laszlo) Join Fight Against Mosque

With Rabbi Haskel Lookstein coming out agaInst the location of mosque at Ground Zero (see his sermon below), I'm reminded of nothing less than Victor Laszlo telling Bogart at the Casablanca airport, "Thanks. And welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win."

Where’s Miss Piggy? Oops, It’s Israel.

09/03/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Mahane Yehuda, the open-air market off Jaffa Road in the center of Jerusalem, is a popular shopping site for natives and tourists. Apparently, puppets need to pick up some melons and rugelach too. At least Grover did last week. One of the stars of the popular “Sesame Street” TV show, he was in Israel last week for the filming of a 12-part series that will teach American Jewish children about Jewish culture.

Cheers And Fears: The Debate Over Kiddush Clubs

A recent opinion piece in The Jewish Week by three doctors expressing alarm about so-called kiddush clubs, a phenomenon mostly found in Modern Orthodox shuls, was bound to generate some controversy.

Check next week’s letters page for some pro and con responses.

Whether or not rabbis should allow shul members to step out of services, usually during the Torah reading, to enjoy a private kiddush of mostly liquor and some snacks is a question that probably dates back through generations.

Jimmy Carter, Hamas and the Obama Administration

Over at Foreign Policy, the diligent Laura Rozen has an interesting blog item on Barack Obama’s Jimmy Carter problem.
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