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That's Why They Call It The Bubble

I just got back from Israel. I went as a kind of pre-state pilgrim, but the circumstances and the trappings of the trip were hardly old-fashioned, or pious. My ever-generous in-laws wanted to show off their grandchildren at a wedding thrown by olim relatives, so the grandchildren’s parents got to come along.

Bubbles are so beautiful

A Vintage Siddur's Value Is Not In The Cards

The siddur was obviously old, its back cover tattered, the pages yellow and crumbling, the book bordering on moldy, but it was an object of pride to its owner. I was visiting a friend a few weeks ago, and he pulled the prayerbook off a shelf to show to me.

It was printed more than a century ago, in Hebrew, in some once-intensively Jewish city in Eastern Europe’s Pale of Settlement whose name I have since forgotten.

A vintage Cy Young baseball card.

Can The Swastika Be Rehabilitated?

What do you do if you see someone wearing a swastika?

Do you confront the offender? Inquire why the person is displaying the hated sign of the regime that perpetrated the Holocaust? Educate? Walk away?

The decision is harder if the person in question obviously means no harm and is apparently oblivious to the Swastika’s emotional impact on Jews, if not on anyone who grew up in the era of World War II or has some historical consciousness.

I faced this dilemma a few weeks ago.

Message from the Raelians.

Slump in Charitable Giving Could Last Until 2022

 

The continued softness in charitable giving is hitting synagogues especially hard, and non-profits in general are facing a slog back toward recovery from recession that could take as long as a decade.

2011 donations were almost flat

Finally! Advice on Whether or Not Jewish Boys are Dateable!

When my friend sent me a link with “date-jewish-boy” in the URL, I had hoped that Andrew Garfield had finally decided to ask me out.  Alas, instead I was sent this article by the “Elite Daily.”

The Elite Daily, an online magazine, claims to be “The Voice of Generation-Y.”  The article is entitled “Would You Date: The Jewish Boy.”

Shown Here: Quality Journalism

Cherry-Picking Israel's Greatest Inventions

 You’ve probably popped a cherry tomato into your mouth, but did you know its Jewish history?

You can learn about it this summer at the Bloomfield Science Museum in Jerusalem.

The PillCam, enabling easy imaging of your innards, is the proud invention of an Israeli firm.

Oy, Sonja.

Once upon a time – about seven months ago – in a land far, far away (Sweden), where there aren’t many Jews, the government decided for PR purposes to give a different citizen control over its Twitter account every week, the only real requirement being that the Twitterer tweet in English.

The idea was that the tweets would naturally broadcast the essence of Sweden as it conceives of itself: open, creative, progressive, eclectic.

@Sweden/Sonja

Poles And The Holocaust: Another Side Of The Coin

Have you ever heard of Wincenty and Lucja Baranek, Adam and Bronislawa Kowalski or Josef and Wiktoria Ulma?

If not, you’re not alone.

They’re not well-known either in Poland, their homeland, where each of the couples risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Poland has taken a step to recognize the heroes, recently issuing commemorative coins to honor them: all Catholics, all killed for their actions.

The significance of the gesture transcends the world of numismatism.

A Polish coin honors Irena Sendler, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Matylda Getter for saving Jews.

So Much For Remembering: On Israel Forgetting Its History, and Expelling African Refugees

So much for remembering our history; farewell to compassion. Those were my thoughts after reading the news this week that Israel officially began its plan to expel thousands of African immigrants, many of whom claim to be seeking political asylum.  On Monday, 115 Africans—mostly from South Sudan, which came into being only recently, after the horrors of Darfur—were arrested by the Israeli police. Another 73 were detained at the Israeli border.

Baron Cohen Bombs (On At Least One Joke)

To the comic who brought us “Throw The Jews Down The Well,” it is already clear that very little, if anything is sacred.

That’s why you generally wouldn’t expect to be jarred by anything in a Sacha Baron Cohen film filled with over-the-top lewdness, gross-out sight gags and what some have decried as Arab stereotypes.

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