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Blessing of the Sun - 1953

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 Almost no one remembers anything about how the Blessing of the Sun was observed in 1953 or earlier. Reb Zalman Schachter, ordained by Chabad, told me he had no particular awareness of earlier blessings: “You got up in the morning, davened, and made a bracha.”   The Jewish Week & American Examiner, ancestor of the The Jewish Week, did not cover the 1981 ceremonies, but it did run one advance item – albeit buried on the bottom of page 42 – further illuminating how Brooklyn reacted in 1953.  

Blessing of the Sun - 1897

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009 Did I say, just the other day, that I couldn’t discover any reporting on the Blessing of the Sun prior to 1953, or in The New York Times prior to 1981? I was wrong.  

Gilad Shalit - 1000 Days (and counting)

Thursday, March 26th, 2009 Last week, Gilad Shalit passed Day 1000 in his captivity. Here’s a brief video shown at every school SAR day school, where everyone and everything paused, to remember, to keep the hope alive.  

The Final Days Of The Rocky

Sunday, March 29th, 2009 Here’s a beautiful in-house video about the final days of The Rocky Mountain News, a great paper that died too soon. You needn’t live in Denver to appreciate the loss. My cousin Jack Frank left the Bronx during the Great Depression, on one of  FDR’s alphabet programs that brought him to Colorado. In time, he got a job as a reporter for the Rocky. The Rocky made it through that depression. It didn’t make it through this one. Please watch. 

Who Knows Two?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Loose Lips Sink Ships

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 Israel’s war against Iran is underway. Over in London, the Telegraph headlined (Feb. 16): “Israel Launches Covert War Against Iran.” The sub-head: “Israel has launched a covert war against Iran as an alternative to direct military strikes against Tehran’s nuclear programme, US intelligence sources have revealed.”  

Ben-Gurion’s Disproportionate Response - 1956

Friday, February 20th, 2009 Here’s a fascinating cartoon from Zurich, 1956: Ben-Gurion’s disproportionate response.

David Gregory’s Jewish Heart

Friday, February 20th, 2009 Interesting blog by David Gregory, the new moderator of NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

Remembering Gene Siskel

Friday, February 20th, 2009 Roger Ebert, who’s now suffering from illness himself (he’s totally lost the ability to speak) put together some nice memories and videos of his old partner, Siskel, who passed away from cancer a decade ago. Ebert, on his Chicago Sun-Times blog, recalls being touched by how seriously Siskel took his Judaism, among so much else. A beautiful essay about friendship.
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