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Mumbai Update: Chabad’s Happy Warriors Don’t Surrender

Friday, November 28th, 2008   I never met Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg or Rebbetzin Rivkah Holtzberg, martyrs of the Mumbai massacre, but I met more than a thousand of their spiritual brothers and sisters, the shluchim and shluchot, the rebbe’s emissaries, and here’s what they always told me when the situation was darkest.  

Mumbai Update: Thoughts Before Shiva

Sunday, November 30th, 2008 In the wake of the Mumbai massacre, do you think we can give our Quixotic obsession with Jewish-Muslim “dialogue” a rest, at least until after all the Jews get up from shiva? Don’t worry, it’s only a few days, then all the professional dialoguers can go back to dialoguing all they want.  

Kaddish For JJ Greenberg

Monday, October 6th, 2008   “Scarecrow and a yellow moon, Pretty soon a carnival on the edge of town. King Harvest has surely come.”   - The Band  

Obama’s Lost G’s & Southern Fried Hillary

Friday, October 10th, 2008 Sarah Palin’s cringe-inducing interview with Katie Couric, and her sometimes (oft-times?) clumsy phrasing has subjected her to considerable mockery. But some of the greatest political orators have had clunkers all their own.   Ted Kennedy, to name one.   In 1979, when he let it be known that he intended to challenge Pres. Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination, Kennedy was interviewed by Roger Mudd on CBS. What transpired was hardly inspiring.  

Obama’s Lost G’s & Southern Fried Hillary

Friday, October 10th, 2008 Sarah Palin’s cringe-inducing interview with Katie Couric, and her sometimes (oft-times?) clumsy phrasing has subjected her to considerable mockery. But some of the greatest political orators have had clunkers all their own.   Ted Kennedy, to name one.   In 1979, when he let it be known that he intended to challenge Pres. Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination, Kennedy was interviewed by Roger Mudd on CBS. What transpired was hardly inspiring.  

Stories For A Depression

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 If this a depression, let’s take a trip to a rooming house porch, 1938.   Indians pitcher Bob Feller recently spoke to Terry Pluto, the Cleveland Plain Dealer sportswriter (and religion writer) about the time, in 1938, when the future Hall of Famer lived modestly, in a rooming house.   He was 19, son of an Iowa farmer.  

How Nasty Is Enough?

Friday, October 17th, 2008   The other day a sign was taped to a front door in Riverdale: “No talking politics inside.” Inside was a Sholom Zachor for a new baby boy, dozens of friends were expected, and the family couldn’t trust their guests, a cross-section of Orthodox Riverdale, to be civil.   Why should they trust their guests, when it is a sign of sophistication to be as nasty as possible about Republicans?  

McCain Is Not ‘Good For The Jews’

Monday, October 20th, 2008 The time has long ago come and gone for John McCain to have brought up Barack Obama’s connections to Jeremiah Wright, William Ayers, Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said and the radical Palestinians at the Chicago-based Electronic Intifada, associations that Obama threw overboard as his campaign evolved. McCain missed that opportunity in the late spring and summer, before the final furlongs when the public demands a summation, a closing and substantive discussion of the most important issues facing the nation.  

Short Fridays

Friday, October 24th, 2008 1: Joe The Plumber Almost all references by leftists (and the ADL) to illegal immigrants simply refer to them as immigrants, their illegal status conveniently ignored. To be against illegal immigration is to branded as anti-immigrant, not anti-illegal immigrant.  

Sarah Palin’s Appeal Is The Same As Chabad’s

Monday, September 8th, 2008   I’m getting a hunch the Republicans just might win for one reason alone, and it makes no sense, just like Chabad makes no sense to the Jewish elite.  
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