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Libya elected to UN Human Rights Council; you can't make this stuff up

A year ago, the Obama administration decided to rejoin the UN Human Rights Council, the ridiculous panel that seems to believe Israel is the only human rights problem in the world, on the theory that it could reform the group from the inside.

Some reform; last week Libya was elected to the Council.

I Love Pastor Hagee Because He Loves Me

On May 23 -- which just so happens to be the day of the Salute to Israel Parade, a day that most Jews don't give a damn about and never have, except for primarily the Modern Orthodox and Conservative Zionists -- in more than 1,500 churches, most of them evangelical, the spiritual leaders will be speaking about their love for Israel, and their support for the Jewish State. That support is based on the verse in Genesis where God promises to bless those who bless the Jews.

The "Half-Jewish" Glass: Half-Full Or Half-Empty?

 Jews in All Hues, a new-ish “peer-led program that provides a safe space for people from interfaith families to explore their identities as mixed heritage Jews,” is holding a conference in San Francisco on Sunday, May 30.

I attended their conference last year in Philadelphia and came away with mixed feelings, a no doubt appropriate emotion for an event focusing on the state of being mixed!

J Street's risky move on Jerusalem

J Street wants clarification of what, exactly, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations meant in its “My Jerusalem” advertisements this week, published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

Save Matt Fenster's Life

Next Thursday is Yizkor, a traditional time of tzedakah, and a perfect time to give the gift of life and keep a good soul aive. The unity at Sinai is being played out in a pan-denominational effort -- from liberal to chasidic -- to save Matt Fenster. Check out Gift of Life.

What We Don’t Know About Jewish Views On Dating, And More

One of the most enlightening and disturbing articles on Jewish life that I’ve read in awhile appears in the Spring issue of Lilith, the Jewish feminist magazine, in which Rabbi Susan Schnur interviews her daughter and two other 20-something young women (rabbis’ daughters, each, and observant, to varying degrees).

Blasphemy alert: Alon Pinkas, former Israel diplomat, calls for a U.S. peace plan

American pro-Israel groups, mostly an echo chamber for the Netanyahu government in Jerusalem, have jumped on the “don't present a U.S. peace plan” refrain like ants jump on picnic scraps. But a longtime Israeli diplomat has different ideas.

Love Bubble

We got off work for 'Yom Yerushalyim' so naturally, I left Jerusalem and headed straight for Tel Aviv.

I hate crowds. And zealotry.

But I also hate beaches. What's a girl to do?

My girlfriend, who instigated the little trek to Tel Aviv, was incredulous. Who doesn't like the beach?

Me. I hate sun, for starters. And happy, glowing people. And sand. Oh, and water. And wearing a bathing suit. Especially wearing a bathing suit.

"You're going to learn to love the beach," was all my friend said.

Lively Debate On Obama’s Foreign Policy

Has Barack Obama strengthened or weakened the U.S. in the eyes of the world through his foreign policy of engagement?

In a lively encounter sponsored by Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates and held at the Skirball Center at NYU last night, Dan Senor, a journalist and Fox News commentator, scored the most dramatic point of the evening when he challenged General Wesley Clark and French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy to name one prominent world leader with whom Obama has established a close personal connection as a sign of national loyalty.

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