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More on Joshua Fattal story: Debka gets it wrong, too

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 Here’s an update on an earlier item on the three Americans arrested and detained by Iran and the way the inaccurate story that one of them was a yeshiva student and Jewish Week writer spread across the Internet. One of the Web sites that spread the story was DEBKAfile.com, which fashions itself a source of in-depth intelligence and security information, with a focus on the Middle East.

Remembering Why Bikur Cholim Is Important

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

When a friend or loved one is seriously ill, perhaps you’ve heard someone say they choose not to visit because “I don’t want to remember [him or her] that way.”

 

Jewish Democrats create “Rabbis for Health Insurance Reform”; will the Orthodox sign on?

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 You can’t say the National Jewish Democratic Council (NJDC) isn’t doing its part for their party’s embattled  health care reform legislation  – or, as the Obama administration has rebranded it, health insurance reform.

Joshua Fattal and the perils of Internet journalism

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009 I’m a huge fan of the Internet – in fact, it’s a large part of my job.  Obviously,  I’m a blogger, and regard blogging as an essential ingredient in the newspaper of tomorrow. But I’m also alarmed at how easily distortions and mistakes, reported as “news” by bloggers and disseminated to vast, worldwide audiences that uncritically accept their outpourings,  become indelible parts of the news background.

Huckabee heading to Israel - and embracing settlers (again)

Monday, August 10th, 2009 One sure sign a politician is laying the groundwork for a future presidential bid is a sudden yearning for Israel travel.  So it must be for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee,  who will be visiting Israel next week.

Jewish groups react to Limbaugh - but ignore the bigger problem

Sunday, August 9th, 2009 Isn’t there something off key in the reaction of a growing number of Jewish leaders to talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s latest outrage?  Limbaugh, who has built a stellar career out of carefully orchestrated rage, apparently crossed a line when he likened Democratic health care reform advocates to Nazis and said President Obama has “a health care logo that’s right out of Adolf Hitler’s playbook.” Say what?  Do people actually believe this stuff?

J Street Having Capitol Hill Impact? NORPAC says ‘yes’

Friday, August 7th, 2009 Their opponents claim they’re having absolutely no impact in Congress, but a NORPAC action alert today says differently.

Are we broadening the Iran debate - or narrowing it?

Friday, August 7th, 2009 Look at the Iran talking points major Jewish groups provide to their own activists, and one point is always spelled out explicitly:  Iran isn’t just an Israeli or a Jewish issue.  Make that a central part of your activism, the pro-Israel troops are instructed.

Settlers Are People, Too

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

I want to share a letter I received from a reader regarding the portrayal of Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. The writer’s son and family are longtime residents of Itamar, in the Samarian mountains near Nablus.

 

California Dreaming: Let’s hope it’s not contagious

Friday, July 31st, 2009 The Wall Street Journal ran this headline yesterday:  “Gov. Schwarzenegger’s Approval Rating Hits Record Low.” Californians, it turns out,  aren’t happy with his role in a budget crisis that brought the state to the brink of bankruptcy and will now produce record cuts to an an already-pared back education system and benefits to the poor, the elderly and the sick.
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