Scott Walker Surrounds The Issues

In ancient times, namely the pre-Internet Vietnam War era, Members of Congress routinely had two form letters for responding to constituents writing about the war.  Each version agreed with the letter writer, pro or con.  Eventually they were outed and had to adopt a single position, much to the consternation of politicians who devote endless energy to avoiding the tough decisions that might offend constituents and contributors. 

Oren’s New Book

06/30/2015 - 20:00

In  “No Way to Treat an Ally” (Editor’s column, June 19), Gary Rosenblatt leads us to the tip of a nasty iceberg that many suspected. But it took Israel’s former ambassador, Michael Oren, and his blockbuster new book to reveal [it]. The dirty secret was years of abuse and bullying of the soft-spoken, dignified, brilliant, centrist Oren as well as Israel’s prime minister by administration officials and Democratic supporters as well as the President himself.

Need Anti-BDS Website

06/30/2015 - 20:00

It’s a relief to see serious funding being channeled to counter vicious BDS accusations (“Emerging BDS Fight Is Inside Jewish Community,” June 19).  But along with directing money to campus programming and arming students with talking points to factually and articulately respond to Israel bashing, I hope that funds will be channeled to create a strong, visible, search engine-optimized website that provides facts to counter the fictions promoted by BDS.

Israeli Rowers Make History

06/29/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When you think university rowing races, you think Oxford-Cambridge on the Thames, or Harvard-Yale on (Connecticut’s) Thames.

Courtesy of Daniel Rowing Centre

Bilaam’s Blessings And The Curse Within

06/29/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The primary image of this parasha is of Bilaam — foremost sorcerer of the age, says Ramban — riding a talking donkey on his way to meet with King Balak of Moav. What does this episode mean?

Sandra E. Rapoport

Mighty Mouth

Here he comes to save the day, Mighty Mouth. 

Donald Trump has deigned to run for president, convinced that the nation's future is in peril unless he takes over.  "If I get elected president, I will bring (the United States) back bigger and better and stronger than ever before," he modestly promised.

Palestinians Submit Documents Against Israel To ICC

06/24/2015 - 20:00

The Palestinian Authority submitted its first documents against Israel to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

The documents presented on Thursday deal with continued construction in West Bank settlements, Gaza and Palestinians in Israeli jails, the Palestine Liberation Organization announced.

The information in the documents is general, with no specific charges and no named individuals, according to reports. The actual documents were not made public.

Israeli Chef Ori Menashe Among Food And Wine Magazine's 'Best New Chefs'

Chef Ori Menashe spoke with The Jewish Week from L.A. about food in the IDF, kosher cooking, and making Quentin Tarantino laugh.

06/23/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Good luck snagging a reservation at Bestia. Since founding the high-profile Italian restaurant in Los Angeles’ Arts District, Executive Chef Ori Menashe—and his Pastry Chef wife Genevieve Gergis—keep customers coming back to their pizzas, pastas, house-cured meats, and decadent desserts. It’s no surprise then that Food and Wine Magazine recognized Chef Ori as one of the Best New Chefs of 2015, calling him a “meat virtuoso”. Born in L.A. and raised in Israel, Chef Ori spoke with The Jewish Week from L.A. about food in the IDF, kosher cooking, and making Quentin Tarantino laugh.

Chef Ori Menashe. Sierra Prescott/Sprout LA

'Hebrew Breaker' Asaf Goren Wows Judges On 'So You Think You Can Dance'

Goren's routine opened with shofar blasts and included leaps and twirls with a tallit.

06/23/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

When 23-year-old, tallit-clad Asaf Goren blew a shofar in his audition for So You Think You Can Dance last week, no one knew what was happening. Except for Paula Abdul, that is.

“It’s called a shofar,” she informed fellow judges Nigel Lythgoe and Jason DeRulo, drawing on her Jewish roots. “It’s extremely difficult [to play].”

Asaf Goren's audition earned him a standing ovation from all 3 judges. Asaf Goren

Self-Advocate With Asperger's Syndrome Speaks Out On Inclusion

As a college student living with Asperger’s Syndrome, I have learned to know when I am being accepted and included. I’ve learned about my challenges and my strengths — and I speak out about what true inclusion feels like. When I am viewed as a person with unique areas of strengths in addition to unique areas of challenge instead of primarily as a person with special needs, I know that I am being fully included and accepted.

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