Blogs

Bibi To Put Fox In Charge Of Chicken Coop

That could be the headline when Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce he is appointing convicted felon Aryeh Deri to be his Minister of the Interior. 

In 1999, Deri, the leader of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, was convicted of bribery, fraud and breach of trust while he was Minister of the Interior between 1988 and 1993.  He served two years of a three-year sentence.

Remembering Women Of The Holocaust

The suffering of women, in particular, during the Holocaust, was for many years excluded from the general Holocaust narrative. Rochelle G. Saidel, founder of the Remember the Women Institute (RWI), has been instrumental in bringing the specific experience of women to the fore, especially insofar as the issue of sexual violation.

Courtesy Remember the Women Institute

Dramatizing The Shoah

Art about the Holocaust, Elie Wiesel wrote in the New York Times in 1989, “trivializes” memory. The Shoah, he insisted, “defeated culture; later, it defeated art…No one now retell Auschwitz after Auschwitz.” Arnold Mittelman, who is producing a series of readings of Holocaust plays all across the country this month, emphatically disagrees.

Arnold Mittelman, president of the National Jewish Theater Foundation. Courtesy NJTF

What If Iran Doesn't Cheat?

Bibi Netanyahu seems to be of two minds about the nuclear agreement being negotiated with the Iranians.

Without knowing all the details because they remain to be worked out, he has already declared it a bad deal and he, his ambassador and AIPAC have been lobbying the Congress to block it.

Any deal with Tehran would be worthless, he argues persuasively, because Iranians are liars and cheats and won't keep their word. 

Rubio's 'Bibi' Amendment

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who is about to announce his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination, thinks he has come up with a clever way to sabotage any nuclear agreement with Iran, drive a wedge between Jews and Barack Obama and raise money for his campaign.

This three-birds-with-one-stone strategy is an amendment to a Senate bill intended to require congressional review of any deal with Iran.

Sam Gelfand: Speaking Out On Asperger Syndrome, Bullying and Jewish Community

Editor's Note: I was delighted to be an audience member last spring when Sam Gelfand, a teenager from Florida, presented to a group of Jewish educators at Boston's Hebrew College about his experiences living with Asperger Syndrome. In the last few years, Sam has spoken to schools, synagogues, camps and other Jewish organizations, sharing his first-hand experiences of living with Asperger Syndrome. Sam is an incredibly engaging speaker and would love to share his powerful message with your community.

NN: Sam, since you were 12 years old, you have been speaking to communities about what it's like to live with Aspergers. Were you initially afraid to speak in front of audiences? What got you through it?

SG: Believe it or not, I have never gotten stage fright. If anything, I feel that the pressure of speaking in front of a live audience actually forces me to do better.

Autism, Aggression And ECT: A Mother's Story Of Hope

This month, many inspiring stories will be featured in the media in celebration of Autism Awareness month, such as one I just read about a young autistic basketball player who recently sank his thousandth half-court shot, or another about the teen who performed a duet with Weird Al Yancovic at the recent Comedy Central benefit. While these victories should unquestionably be celebrated by everyone touched by autism, it’s important to realize they don’t reflect reality for a significant chunk of the community.

The author and her son Jonah. Courtesy of Amy Lutz

Jeb: Soy Un Gringo

Jeb Bush is so anxious to position himself as the Republican presidential candidate who can bring Hispanic voters back to the party that he listed himself as Hispanic when he registered to vote in Florida in 2009.

Is Schumer Bibi's Point Man In The Senate?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has launched a major two-pronged lobbying campaign in Washington to block a big power nuclear agreement with Iran. Track one is killing the deal it outright, and track two is enact legislation giving Congress the power to stop it.

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) just announced he is sponsoring the bill introduced by Republican Sen. Bob Corker (Tennessee), which will force the administration to submit the agreement to Congress for approval.

If They Hate Washington So Much…

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is the latest Republican to declare he hates Washington so much that he is prepared to spent billions of dollars – of other people's money, naturally – to win a four-year lease on government housing and become the personification of Washington and government.

Syndicate content