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E-Mail From An Israeli Soldier’s Mom

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 A reader sent this in. It was written by a soldier’s mother, Ilene Bloch-Levy of Shaarei Tikvah, who e-mailed it to friends.- JM   My son came home from Gaza just a few minutes ago. He came home as we had sent him off, only more tired, worn and dirty. Thank you Hashem for bringing him home. To his wife, his brothers and sisters and his loving brood of nieces and nephews. All of us have been waiting patiently these past three weeks to hold him in our arms.  

You Can Leave Your Hat On

Thursday, January 29th, 2009 Here’s a fuller, better version of the Media Watch column that appeared in The Jewish Week (Jan. 30, 2009).   Righetous People, Self-Righteous Critics   By Jonathan Mark   Last week on “The View,” one of the guests took a cheap shot at Orthodox women, saying they didn’t look good or dress right, and their idea of modesty (such as covering their hair) was “wacky.”  

Useful Idiots: Israel Has Nothing To Teach India

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 One week before Mumbai’s wave of terror, a news item appeared in Yediot (Nov. 17).    Israel announced, in a “goodwill gesture in honor of Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha,” the Jewish State will free 250 Fatah prisoners in the beginning of December. “Israeli officials clarified that the gesture will include the release of prisoners who were involved in terror but belong to the moderate camp…”  

Two Guys Talking The News

Sunday, December 14th, 2008 Hey, did you see that item in Agence France-Presse?  Female Art Students More Sexually Active Than Male Science Nerds.   Really? No kiddin’!   Hey, on Al-Arabiya TV there was a show just for those female art students male science nerds, Saudi Methods For Picking Up Girls   No kiddin’!   Hey, did you see The Daily Mail?

In The Name Of The Father

Monday, December 22nd, 2008 One of the silliest tendencies in Jewish journalism — and I’d bet this has been going on since  American Jewish papers were first published in the 1800s — has been to write about any celebrity with some Jewish blood as a Jewish celebrity, even if that celebrity is not Jewish according to Jewish law or practice, and knows almost nothing Judaism (nor should that celebrity be expected to).  

Unite The Lights

Monday, December 22nd, 2008  There’s a nice campaign, “Unite The Lights,” to have — on the night of Tuesday, December 23 — a spiritual linkage of Chanukah lights everywhere, beginning with the candle lighting at the Statue of Liberty.  ”For you youngsters out there,” as Ed Sullivan used to say, Unite The Lights is doing a Monday launch on YouTube and Facebook, with a widget to ignite the light.  

David Stern: The American Years

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 There’s a very worthwhile exhibit, “David Stern: The American Years (1995-2008),” at the Yeshiva University Museum, placing by a spotlight on an artist whose own story is as compelling as his talent. Check out Joel Silverstein’s exhibition review at ArtCritical.com.  

Meir Soloveitchik: Mysteries Of The Menorah

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 Chanukah is a good time to catch up with Rabbi Meir Soloveitchik’s excellent essay on the Menorah — the one snatched by Titus — that ran in Commentary earlier this year.
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