As Congress debates health care reform and frets about the special interests that want to make it a lot less than genuine reform, maybe it’s a good time for lawmakers to take a good look at how Israel delivers medical services.
Talking Points Memo’s Jo-Ann Mort does here. While Mort is no fan of Israeli policies with respect to the Palestinians, she thinks its health care system has ours beat by a country mile.
Monday, July 13th, 2009
Here’s Steve Lipman’s visit to the Orthodox Bunaglows Baseball League. Sheldon Silver was a player but not Pedro Espada.
And here’s a terrific piece by Andy Silow-Carroll, editor of the New Jersey Jewish News, on the many virtues of Jewish bungalow life, and his own bungalow memories:
If I was Rabbi David Saperstein (and that's not likely; who has that much energy?), I'd be pleased as punch that Al Franken now has “Sen.” and “D-Minn.) stuck on his name. But I wouldn't be popping any champagne corks; the 60 vote super majority the Democrats gained in theory when Franken was finally sworn in this week will be hard to mobilize in practice.
A recent opinion piece in The Jewish Week by three doctors expressing alarm about so-called kiddush clubs, a phenomenon mostly found in Modern Orthodox shuls, was bound to generate some controversy.
Check next week’s letters page for some pro and con responses.
Whether or not rabbis should allow shul members to step out of services, usually during the Torah reading, to enjoy a private kiddush of mostly liquor and some snacks is a question that probably dates back through generations.
Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
Check out this Garrison Keillor essay on state fairs.
The best county fair less than 75 miles from New York, the Orange County Fair, is coming July 23-August 2.
A small rural fair, but worth your curiosity, comes and goes too quickly in Sullivan County’s Grahamsville, August 14-16.
The leading activist in the fight to make the U.S. military live up to constitutional church-state protections is glad the Pentagon has decided not to allow an Air Force “flyover” as part the annual God and Country Festival in Nampa, Idaho – the first time military authorities have denied the sponsoring group’s request in 42 years.