Sunday, December 27th, 2009
With Jason Marquis signing with the Washington Nationals, here are some press notes (with assistance from Martin Abramowitz at www.jewishmajorleaguers.org, and BaseballReference.com).
Of the 14 Jewish pitchers from 2000-2009, Jason Marquis was the decade’s dominant Jewish hurler with a record of 94-83; an era of 4.48, a WHIP of 1.42 and 867 strikeouts.
Since April 2006, "In the Mix" has appeared monthly in The Jewish Week. The first and only regular newspaper feature by, for and about intermarried Jews, "In the Mix" draws on journalist Julie Wiener's own experiences raising a Jewish family together with her lapsed Catholic husband, but the column also incorporates extensive interviews, reporting and research from the field. It has addressed everything from conflicts over circumcision, to Julie's mother-in-law's Catholic funeral to an ongoing interfaith divorce battle.
It only takes a few minutes driving around to see that the “war on Christmas,” or as some might call it the “war for Christmas” is real. There is a large push-back against the secularization of Christmas and the growing pluralistic propensity to universalize the season as “the holidays.”
All this talk in the Blogosphere about Sen. Joe Lieberman's Jewishness as a factor in the health care debate strikes me as just about as far beside the point as you can get.
Seems to me the point here isn't whether Jewish values compel him to support any particular health care reform proposal or not, but the details of his stance: his last-minute 180 on lowering the age for Medicare buy-ins; his strong ties to the insurance industry in Connecticut; his testy relationship with a Democratic leadership he seems to enjoy stiffing.
It’s bad form to take an apology and look for ulterior motives.
Even if it’s clear that Jimmy Carter smeared Israel by invoking apartheid in his book title just to sell more copies — he acknowledged in interviews that it’s a shoddy analogy — no one forced him to apologize. There are plenty of people, probably more than there are Israel supporters, who will hail him as a hero for trashing Israel. So he’s not looking for love.
Thursday, December 24th, 2009
Those Minnesota Jews sure are polite.
I was wondering when Minnesota Jewish leaders would respond to last week’s bizarre outburst by Garrison Keillor, the longtime host of the Prairie Home Companion. In the process of trashing Unitarians for diluting the religious meaning of Christmas music he also took shots at Jewish composers he seems to think abetted the war on the holiday.
I was intrigued by Jimmy Carter's Chanukah message to the Jewish community, delivered via JTA, which provided a real insight into what makes him a decent human being – and made him a wretched failure as a president and Middle East policy analyst, which he fancies himself to be.