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Friday, December 18th, 2009

This time of the year, radio listeners of all persuasions find ourselves flipping around the dial a bit. Some like the holid …I mean, Christmas, music and are looking for more, and some of us are looking for refuge, perhaps at a news station.

 

Maybe with the widespread usage of sattelite radio with its genre channels and MP3 playlists easily sent to your car’s speakers, we end up scanning a bit less than we used to, because we can have more control.

 

Garrison Keillor’s Christmas Card To The Jews

I’ve been a fan of The Prairie Home Companion since it went national, though I confess I often hit the “off” switch when host Garrison Keillor starts to sing,  so I don’t exactly know what to make of his column this week in Salon – which also appeared in newspapers around the country.

The very last word on the White House Chanukah party - until tomorrow, maybe

The Great Barack Obama Chanukah Party Wars continued today with angry blogs and op-eds, almost all of  which can be distilled down into two basic positions: either this president dislikes Jews and the guest list is a deliberate snub, or he is set to have the best and most bipartisan White House Chanukah party ever.

I'm guessing tonight's party won't be the end of it.

Iran sanctions bill clears House, possible delay in Senate

Jewish groups are lauding yesterday's House passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which will impose economic penalties on companies that help Iran get the refined products it can't produce itself.

But the House vote was never really in doubt; for months, the only question was when Foreign Affairs chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) would bring it up. 

Iran sanctions bill clears House, possible delay in Senate

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 Jewish groups are lauding yesterday’s House passage of the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act, which will impose economic penalties on companies that help Iran get the refined products it can’t produce itself. But the House vote was never really in doubt; for months, the only question was when Foreign Affairs chairman Howard Berman (D-Calif.) would bring it up.

Ten Ways Yeshivas Can Save Money

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

There is no more important factor in preserving Jewish identity than full-time education in yeshivas or day schools. But private schools are an expensive business, especially when the costs of both mandatory secular studies and religious instruction are factored in. As parents face layoffs, salary cuts or declining business revenues, their ability to pay tens of thousands of dollars in private tuition is fading, and schools are feeling the crunch. More than ever they are being forced to assess how to cut costs to lower or at least freeze tuition.

The VERY last word on the White House Chanukah party - until tomorrow, maybe

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009 The Great Barack Obama Chanukah Party Wars continued today with angry blogs and op-eds, almost all of  which can be distilled down into two basic positions: either this president dislikes Jews and the guest list is a deliberate snub, or he is set to have the best and most bipartisan White House Chanukah party ever. I’m guessing tonight’s party won’t be the end of it.

Foreign Lawsuits In US Courts

Why is the American Jewish Congress siding with a Somali leader who has been accused of acts of torture?

The organization has filed a brief in the Supreme Court case that will decide whether the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act extends to an individual acting in his official capacity on behalf of a foreign state. Also at issue is whether an individual who is no longer an official of a foreign state at the time a suit is filed retains immunity for past action on behalf of that  state.

Real Jews Don’t Play Dreidel

Real Jews don’t play dreidel. It is a boring, shallow game, needing no skill whatsoever, useless except as a visual symbol for the holiday. It is a game for Jews who don’t know better, a game for half-baked Jews who think “Tikkun Olam” is an actual phrase that real Jews use.  Jews who eat treif and then piously lecture the rest of us about Heksher Tzedek are exactly the kind of Jews who, if they were writing a story about Chanukah, would write a scene depicting a game of dreidel.

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