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‘End of Days’ Friend Better Than ‘These Days’ Frenemy

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

NYT slams Obama Middle East policy

Sunday, November 29th, 2009 In case you missed it, check out Saturday’s New York Times editorial blasting President Obama for the high expectations and low performance of his Middle East policy.

Obama, Afghanistan and the Jewish agenda

To say President Obama's Tuesday speech to the nation laying out his plans for Afghanistan will be the most critical moment yet in his 10-month old presidency is risking understatement.

The expected deepening of U.S. military involvement, coupled to a change in its objectives, represent a high-risk strategy in a crisis in which every option is laden with danger – for the nation and for the Obama presidency.

Obama, Afghanistan and the Jewish agenda

Friday, November 27th, 2009 To say President Obama’s Tuesday speech to the nation laying out his plans for Afghanistan will be the most critical moment yet in his 10-month old presidency is risking understatement. The expected deepening of U.S. military involvement, coupled to a change in its objectives, represent a high-risk strategy in a crisis in which every option is laden with danger – for the nation and for the Obama presidency.

ADL report on "toxic atmosphere of rage" ignites...well, rage

Predictably, the right has gone ballistic over last week's ADL report describing a  “toxic atmosphere of rage in America” and  tying that to the “birther” and “tea party” movements, this summer's health  reform town meeting disruptions and some conservative talk show hosts.

ADL report on “toxic atmosphere of rage” ignites…well, rage

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009 Predictably, the right has gone ballistic over last week’s ADL report describing a  “toxic atmosphere of rage in America” and  tying that to the “birther” and “tea party” movements, this summer’s health  reform town meeting disruptions and some conservative talk show hosts.

What’s More Jewish Than Thanksgiving?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

In heavily Orthodox American communities, they have a special named for Thanksgiving:

 

Thursday.

 

That’s too bad. Aren’t we as a people all about gratitude, looking at the bright side, the glass half full and all that? Isn’t it practically a Jewish axiom that “things could always be worse?”

 

Photo Finish?

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

In a previous post I wrote about the hundreds of photos in my basement and pondered what will one day become of them.

 

Now, the same question applies to some 30 years worth of photo prints, most of them black and white, that have accumulated in The Jewish Week’s office. The office manager wants to be rid of them to make more room. To me, it’s akin to forgetting history.

 

Progressive Jewish disillusionment with Obama

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 If you’re looking for graphic examples of how some on the left have soured on President Obama, check out this from the Shalom Center’s Rabbi Arthur Waskow. Waskow offers up a “future history” of Campaign 2012, in which the election of Sarah Palin sparks massive demonstrations and “unprecedented movements of US Army troops” in Washington to counter the protesters. Whoa.

Bold choice for new anti-Semitism envoy?

Friday, November 20th, 2009 It’s looking more and more like Hannah Rosenthal, the former executive director of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), will be the new State Department special emissary on anti-Semitism; her appointment could be announced as early as today, sources here say. That looks to me like an intriguing, out-of-the-box selection.
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