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Woody Allen's "Tractatus Theologico-Politicus"

In case you missed it, The New York Times snagged a quick but worthy Q&A with Woody Allen today, a week before his new film comes out.  Allen told the Times' Dave Itzkoff that his film, titled "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" and featuring Josh Brolin, Naomi Watts and Anthony Hopkins, was his way of exploring the nature of belief. 

Saudi arms sales, Israel and the unstoppable economics of proliferation

My friend Doug Bloomfield, a syndicated columnist and former legislative director of AIPAC, just broke the story of how the Israeli government – and AIPAC – have signed off on a new and staggeringly big sale of U.S. F-15 fighters to Saudi Arabia.

First Day Of Hebrew School

I never attended Hebrew school as a child, but in the past 13 years, as a journalist for Jewish publications, I’ve spent so much time visiting day schools, congregational schools and summer camps (not to mention, interviewing parents, teachers, students and other stakeholders) that I’ve more than made up for it.

So it was an odd feeling this Sunday to be inside a congregational school not as a reporter, but as a mom.

OMG, more proof pro-Israel media monitors are sometimes right

I've sometimes had issues with pro-Israel media “monitors” who have made a cottage industry of blasting every newspaper, TV outlet and Internet news site that doesn't cover the Middle East conflict to their satisfaction and provide extensive “context” to every story – which sometimes means slamming every story that doesn't agree with their own personal politics.

But I'm also driven totally crazy by media outlets that sometimes prove the monitors correct.

More on Obama's (liberal) Jewish problem, and a brighter future for Jewish Republicans

I've had some interesting feedback on my story last week on President Obama's “real” Jewish problem. No, it's not the problem of angry Jewish activists who think he's anti-Israel, but the disillusionment of many on the left over what they view as his overly centrist domestic policies.

Stephen Greenblatt to Al Pacino's Shylock: Dead on Arrival

Despite the general approbation for this summer's Shakespeare in the Park staging of "The Merchant of Venice," the production was dealt a serious blow this week.  Stephen Greenblatt, America's leading Shakespeare scholar, wrote a scathing review of Al Pacino's performance in the New York Review of Books.

Dating Means Often Having to Say You're Sorry

There's nothing like the Days of Awe to stir up the love memories.

Which is another way of saying, the love mishaps.

So is it my fault that as soon as Rosh Hashannah let out, I found myself emailing two gentlemen from my immediate past who, according to my watch, both owed me some serious apologies?

In The Season Of JJ Greenberg

The yahrtzeit of JJ Greenberg, a remarkable, joyous and inspirational soul, is the 8th of Tishrei, Wednesday night and Thursday. Here you can find his eulogies and other memories, wonderful for elevating our souls before Yom Kippur if you were fortunate to know him, and if you won't meet him until we're all together again in the Other World, all the more so.

 

Intermarrieds Cooking Up Trouble

A few years ago, when I wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal about increasing numbers of gentile moms raising Jewish kids, I was amused by the editor’s headline choice: “But Will The Chicken Soup Taste As Good?”

In fact, a sizable number of non-Jewish men and women who have married into the Tribe are taking on the responsibility of cooking the family’s chicken soup, along with other traditional Jewish dishes.

A Hindu Wedding on Rosh HaShanah, and Moore On Religious Freedom

Filmmaker Michael Moore is out with an interesting open letter that's worth a read, however you feel about the so-called Ground Zero Mosque issue, because of its passion and articulation and his citation of George Washington's famous letter to the Jews. In the letter, a vintage copy of which can be found on display at the Touro Synagogue in Newport, Washington writes:

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