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Email, May it Rest in Peace

Email is like a cat. I don't know if it has nine lives, but people still use this form of communication even though it's been pronounced dead many times in recent years.

The general consensus among experts in online communication is that social media is killing the medium of email. Just as companies and organizations are getting pretty good at making their email newsletters look professional, it seems that more people are rendering email as the means of communication from a bygone era (sorry ConstantContact.com!).

Is Social Media Killing Email?

First Jewish reactions to Supreme Court gun decision

 It will be much harder for cites to regulate the firearms that are turning some neighborhoods into free-fire zones in the wake of Monday's Supreme Court decision in McDonald v. the City of Chicago, according to several Jewish groups.

In a 5-4 decision, the Justices ruled that the right to keep and bear arms can't be restricted by state and local governments, at least not easily.

The case zeros in on the nation's toughest laws, starting with Chicago, but could also affect gun restrictions in New York.

Sen. Byrd dies: no friend of the pro-Israel lobby, but a 'venerable institution'

 Sen. Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) has died at the age of 92 in a Washington-area hospital.

Byrd, a former Ku Klux Klan leader who became a fierce advocate for West Virginia, one of the Senate's most liberal members and a vehement opponent of the Iraq war, was not among the 95 best friends of the pro-Israel lobby in the U.S. Senate.

But that didn't stop him from winning the respect of colleagues in both parties who recognized his unmatched understanding of the legislative process and his ability to reach out to political adversaries.

Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren - U.S. and Israel drifting apart?

What to make out of yesterday's report in Ha'aretz that Amb. Michael Oren, meeting with Israeli diplomats in Jerusalem, said the U.S. and Israel are in a “tectonic rift” and drifting apart?

Goodbye Dates! Shalom Sabbatical!

“You need to take a break,” a friend tells me.

Just three weeks, she says. Believe her, I will feel better.

“You will be able to re-charge a bit so that when you are ready to get back into it, you will not feel so despondent,” is her reasoning.

But I seem to be incapable of actually taking the dating Sabbatical I talk so much about.

Jerry Seinfeld calls Lady Gaga "a jerk," Sarah Silverman & Scarlett Johannson: healthy lunches, Gwyneth Paltrow eats fried food

-Following fellow Jewish actress Scarlett Johannson, comedienne Sarah Silverman is standing up for a national plan for healthy school lunches at public schools: the Healthy School Meals Act of 2010

-Not all celebrities stick to a lettuce and celery diet -- Jewish actress Gwyneth Paltrow enjoys cooking with a deep fryer

Jewish Democrats blast Palin, so what else is new?

I generally stay out of the 'hit-Sarah-Palin-for-the-stupid-things-she-says thing because ...well, it's just boring, there's so many of them.

And stories about the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) criticizing Republicans are real yawners. It's their job, after all.

Have I Got a Guy for You (Not!)

“I met a guy I think you’d like.”

Words every single gal likes to hear, right?

But what if after these words are uttered, and you heartily agree to being introduced to said perfect gentlemen, you then you sit back and ...wait.

And wait some more.

I mean, how many times can you remind someone that they were the one who promised to set you up in the first place without looking like a total pathetic loser? Or worse, like you’re desperate?

A Critique Of Rabbi Eric Yoffie

 Ed Case of InterfaithFamily.com has an interesting perspective on the legacy of the Union for Reform Judaism’s

Boston Globe Corrects Its Coverage Of Brandeis-Oren Story

This is the Globe's coverage of Ambassador Michael Oren's commencement address at Brandeis University (May 23). The Globe now has added a correction and editor's note:

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