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Here Comes Mighty Mouth To Save The Day

Donald Trump, truly a legend in his own mind, once again is offering to rescue western civilization, the country and the state of New York.  He would "quickly" make the Empire state "one of the major energy capitals of the world" if he is crowned, er, make that elected governor.  That's what the coiffed one said at a $100-a-plate Republican Party fundraiser in upstate New York and later television interviews.

Catch 22, Palestinian Style

Fatah and Hamas keep talking about reconciliation but, despite having signed several agreements, have made little if any progress in more than half a dozen years of trying.

Palestinian reconciliation has broad support on the streets of the West Bank, which is ruled by the secular Fatah, and the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas, a spinoff of the Muslim Brotherhood and considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel and many Western countries.

Fatah-Hamas reconciliation is the Catch 22 of Middle East peace making. 

Tetzaveh: Everyone Can Help Build The Mishkan

The lighting of the menorah opens our parsha:

Command the Children of Israel and they shall take to you pure olive oil, beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn tamid, constantly. [Shemot 27:20]

The placement of these verses is curious, as the more appropriate place would have been in last week’s parsha, together with the making of the menorah.  The verse also stresses not just the lighting of the menorah, but the donating of the oil for that sake. In this way, it echoes last week’s parasha that opens with a command to donate various items to the making of the Tabernacle.

A menorah from the synagogue of Cordoba. Wikimedia Commons

Do Governors Make Better Presidents?

With Chris Christie's presidential prospects sinking faster than a jumper off the George Washington Bridge and Mitt Romney rebuffing suggestions he make a third run for the White House, many Republicans are looking to other past and present governors for 2016.

The GOP team has a strong statehouse bench, especially since it intends to make this year's congressional races and the presidential contest two years later a referendum on Barack Obama's eight years in the White House.

Israel #1 Free Congressional Destination

When Members of Congress and their staffs take free trips abroad – something they're doing in record numbers these days – their preferred destination is Israel.  And picking up the tab to the tune of $1.7 million last year, was a charitable tax-exempt arm of AIPAC called the America Israel Education Foundation.

My Son, My Mindfulness

The experience of parenting of a child who is affected by the more severe end of the autism spectrum reminds me daily that there are numerous things that I can’t control. My first impulse when my son was diagnosed was to try and “fix” as many of the symptoms of his disability as I could.

Gabrielle Kaplan-Meyer

For Success In Politics: The Right Opponent

Sometimes a Member of Congress is blessed with an opponent who becomes an asset to his or her reelection.

Mixed Media And Mothers At LABA

When was the last time you thought about – or stopped thinking about – this: “It’s not so simple to love your mommy.” Israeli novelist and philosopher Ruby Namdar surprises his audience at the 14th St. Y’s LABAlive performance with that deceptively simple  - - yet highly provocative - - opening line in his introduction to the evening’s performance.

Tom Block, “Valencia”

Avonte's Law: Gov't Will Pay For GPS Devices

The Justice Department will pay for GPS tracking devices for children with autism or other conditions as it does for senior citizens with Alzheimers who are at risk of being separated from their caregivers, according to the Associated Press.

Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, proposed Avonte's Law. Getty Images

The Unkindest Cuts Of All: Self-Inflicted Wounds

The evidence keeps piling up that the worst wounds in politics are self-inflicted.  The latest cases come from Washington and Jerusalem this week.  There's the congressman who preferred cocaine over Congress, another who threatened to toss a reporter off a balcony and an Israeli cabinet minister whose mouth runs faster than his brain.

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