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Love Songs of The Lost Cause

Here's an excellent history lesson from Pat Buchanan -- must reading for those who have no mercy in their hearts for the grandchildren of the Confederacy.

April 11, 1944 and April 11, 2010

Sixty-five years after the Holocaust, and Yom Hashoah -- April 11 -- remains, appropriately, a day that the Jewish community can't figure out how to observe. And rightly so. Most holy days are actually on the day something unique happened, unlike Yom Hashoah, whose Nissan 27 date was a Knesset compromise rather than a holy anniversary.

Reasons To Root: The Mets Stood Up Against Arab Pressure

Here's one big Zionist reason to root for the New York Mets.

Last November 21, the Hebron Fund booked a reception room in the Met's stadium for a fundraising dinner. The fund supports a Jewish presence in Judaism's second holiest city, site of the Machpela (tomb of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah, and some say Adam and Eve) and King David's one-time capital. The Machpela is to Jews what the Lincoln Memorial is to Americans, except Lincoln isn't buried there but Abraham is.

A Page From The Song Of Songs

On this, the Shabbos of the Song of Songs, take a look "A Page From The Song of Songs" by Sholom Aleichem. It is sometimes painted as a "children's story" but in reality it is the first of four stories -- taking place on a Pesach, a Shavuous, and a Pesach and Shevuous many years later -- culminating in an excrutiating romantic misunderstanding between two young adults that can break the hearts of old men and women long past their childhoods.

Postcards From An Old Catskills Passover

I was looking for you in the lobby, before the seder, but didn't see you. I always loved seeing you in the spring, even if the weather's raw on Route 17, too cold to walk to the falls or the lake.

Yom Hashoah: When The Boston Braves Wore Swastikas

Contrary to coventional wisdom, the swastika was far from obscure before the Nazis, and so benign that it was an infrequent but not unknown sports logo even in North America.

Senta Berger Casts A Giant Shadow

Once upon a time, before Tel Aviv filmmakers invented the Israeli thumb-sucking depressive anti-war movie filmed in a cloud of cigarettes, being a liberal in Hollywood meant being more Zionist than the Stern Gang.

Advice For Obama From Menachem Begin

With Benyamin Netanyahu coming to the United States, so soon after the tantrum by Hillary Clinton and Jeremiah Wright’s 20-year congregant, we’re reminded of Menachem Begin’s response back in 1981 when a previous administration tried to slap Israel like a dog one time too often. Check this out from Begin.

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