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The BP oil spill and the religion of big oil

A nice column today by the Washington Post's irrepressible Dana Milbank, who takes some pokes at the oil state politicians – mostly Republicans – who claim the BP oil spill was an “act of God,” so there's no point in punishing BP or poking the government's nose into their busi

Weakness Was Invitation: Israel's Appeasement of Turkey Brought The Flotilla

In light of the flotilla, here's an interesting piece looking at Turkish provocations and Israeli roll-overs, from last winter's Azure, "A State In Need Of A Spine." Israel didn't get "credit" or public relations points for appeasement, it got the flotilla disaster, and nothing that came before mattered.. Weakness was what Israel advertised and that worked as well as ever. A prescient piece from February.

An Israel Birthday Party?

This week my almost 7-year-old daughter, Ellie –— eager to keep up with her friend who is having a Greek mythology-themed birthday party —  decided she wants to have an Israel-themed birthday party.

Now I am not generally one for themed parties, mostly because of my utter lack of arts-and-crafts skills and my overall preference, as a busy mom, to eliminate unnecessarily time-consuming activities from my life.

Just Torpedo The Next Flotilla

The beauty of the almost unanimous international condemnation of Israel for attempting to stop the terrorist flotilla like gentlemen -- using paint guns? -- instead of using serious military force, should send a message to Jews: You can't win by being polite to terrorists who have a schoolyard bully mentality. Weakness brings out even more outrageous behavior in bullies.

'Write On For Israel’ Graduates A New Crop, Just In Time

Looking out at the more than 100 people gathered for the eighth graduation ceremony of The Jewish Week’s Write On For Israel on Tuesday night, I confided that I never envisioned that the advocacy-through-journalism program for high school students would last this long.

At the outset, nine years ago, I envisioned Write On as an immediate response to the intifada, which was raging in Israel. I thought that the program could and would end when the terrorism and suicide bombing stopped. But I was wrong.

Love Stories That Will Knock Your Socks Off

Blame it on the singer-songwriter online radio station I was feeding my brain like so much cotton candy.

I mean, how many Gillian Welch - Carly Simon – Jackson Browne – Lyle Lovett songs can a gal listen to before her brain goes into a sugar coma?

Which is another way of saying I was reading Jdate Success Stories. Oh yes, people, you can read first-hand accounts of all those dewy eyed couples who met and married through everyone's favorite Jewish love portal.

Washington Post: is Israel's blockade causing a Gaza humanitarian crisis?

This week's Gaza flotilla crisis has – no surprise here – renewed debate over Israel' blockade of Gaza, which, depending on which Israeli official is talking, is meant to choke off arms to Hamas, disillusion Gazans with the terror group's iron rule or win the release of Gilad Shalit, the kidnapped Israeli soldier held by Hamas.

But this is the Middle East, so getting facts through the morass of disinformation, misinformation and propaganda isn't easy.

Sold! The Jewish Art Museum Crisis

Jewish news this week has been dominated by the flotilla crisis, but there's another Jewish problem still brewing: the fate of Jewish art museums.  You'll remember that about a year and a half ago, Brandeis University announced that it was considering selling all the artwork in its small, but precious and impressive Rose Art Museum. Warhol's, de Kooning's and many other mid-century treasures were on display on museum's walls, and the university, facing its own dire fiscal problems, thought they could make money quick be selling it.

Jewish Democrats attack Jane Harman primary opponent. Is there a trend here?

You don't hear many congressional candidates campaigning on a platform that includes a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but that's what's happening in California – and the National Jewish Democratic Council isn't very happy with the Democratic hopeful who's pitching that line.

Days of Heaven

"Any dispute that is for the sake of Heaven (l'shaim Shamayim) will have a constructive outcome, but one that is not for the sake of Heaven will not have a constructive outcome" [Pirkei Avot 5:20].

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