Adam Dickter's Continuum

Who Failed The Ground Zero Workers?

In the weeks leading up to President Obama's signing of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act Sunday, there was a lot of anger on the part of former Ground Zero first responders, workers and their supporters against politicians who were slow in supporting it or who opposed it.

When Public Officials Put Family First

I'm not going to second-guess New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's decision to continue his vacation at Disney World while a blizzard caused havoc back at home. I'm sure he was in constant touch with aides and that the state's response was no worse off without his presence in Trenton.

A Quiet End To A Non-Banner Year

For those of us observing Shabbat tonight, 2010 will end with a whimper. As I previoiusly blogged when it came to the Yankee playoffs, keeping the TV on for Shabbat is a strong temptation when the circumstances are appealing, but as I told No. 1 Son who will celebrate with friends tonight and wouldn't mind the live view of Times Square, Shabbat and TV are like milk and meat in an observant home.

What Does It Take To Get A Snowball Fight Started Around Here?

On Monday your blogger was unable to reach the office, but faithfully edited articles at home as the snow engulfed his home. On Tuesday, he somehow squeezed his way onto one of the few moving Long Island Rail Road trains and made it into work to help produce the last issue of 2010. On the theory that there is a Jewish angle to every story, we put together a roundup of how community organizations that help the needy were faring under the blizzard's burden.

Grace Meng's View Of Israelis And Americans

Grace Meng of Queens, whose press releases note that she is the only Asian American serving in the New York state Legislature, recently visited Israel on one of those JCRC missions intended to build political support among politicians who may not have had a prior chance to see the country personally and meet its leaders.

I've read or heard many such accounts from elected officials on their return from such missions, but the one below struck me as particularly interesting and insightful enough to reprint in near-entirety here.

Grace Meng at the Knesset

December 25, A Day Of Joy

You may be surprised to read that in my family, December 25th is a day of celebration, and not just because it's a legal holiday. Gifts are exchanged, there is a festive meal, relatives visit and we occasionally dine out. For weeks before we are counting down the days and I'm looking for shopping bargains. The kids are also busy making preparations. Friends and family extend their good wishes.

Because December 25th marks the birth of a special person who, 21 years later, would become my wife and later the mother of my children.

Giving Up In The War On Christmas

A sigh of collective relief and a "holidays" cheer as we learn that a report on the banning of Christmasy green and red from a Florida elementary school is apparently false. "There is not a ban on the colors red and green at Heathrow Elementary," a  spokesperson  for the Orlando-area school district declared.

So You Want To Marry A Kohen?

If you think the Jewish dating pool is tough out there in general, it's even tougher for observant kohanim, who face stringent halachic restrictions on marriage.

Burning Questions On Israel Support

The Atlantic's Jeff Goldberg raised some interesting questions about Israel support last week on his blog, and here in The Jewish Week, about which I got an earful or two over the weekend. Goldberg wonders why it should be the responsibility of American Jews to make up for the fact that Israel failed to prepare itself for a deadly wildfire.

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