Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
(In 1996, when Bibi Netanyahu first became prime minister, I took a look back at his high school years in the United States and a girl who knew him when. With Netanyahu about to become prime minister again, and with the article no longer available in The Jewish Week’s online archives, here’s a reprise in response to several requests. — JM)
Bibi Was There – And Then He Wasn’t
By Jonathan Mark
Thursday, March 12th, 2009
It’s funny, isn’t it, how anti-Zionists keep following Obama around, and the poor guy has nothing to do with it. How come Israel-haters didn’t keep following, say, Mario Cuomo around, or Rudy Giuliani, or Mitt Romney, but they can’t stay away from Barack Obama? They’re just drawn to him. Strange.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
Almost no one remembers anything about how the Blessing of the Sun was observed in 1953 or earlier. Reb Zalman Schachter, ordained by Chabad, told me he had no particular awareness of earlier blessings: “You got up in the morning, davened, and made a bracha.”
The Jewish Week & American Examiner, ancestor of the The Jewish Week, did not cover the 1981 ceremonies, but it did run one advance item – albeit buried on the bottom of page 42 – further illuminating how Brooklyn reacted in 1953.
Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Last week, Gilad Shalit passed Day 1000 in his captivity. Here’s a brief video shown at every school SAR day school, where everyone and everything paused, to remember, to keep the hope alive.
Sunday, March 29th, 2009
Here’s a beautiful in-house video about the final days of The Rocky Mountain News, a great paper that died too soon. You needn’t live in Denver to appreciate the loss. My cousin Jack Frank left the Bronx during the Great Depression, on one of FDR’s alphabet programs that brought him to Colorado. In time, he got a job as a reporter for the Rocky. The Rocky made it through that depression. It didn’t make it through this one. Please watch.
Young Families, Singles Flocking to Upper East Side; ‘The Memory Is In Their Taste Buds’: The Lure of Sephardic Food; Safra Synagogue Rabbi’s Growing Empire; Sephardic And Egalitarian at B’nai Jeshurun; Giving Voice to Sephardic Music.