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Loose Lips Sink Ships

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 Israel’s war against Iran is underway. Over in London, the Telegraph headlined (Feb. 16): “Israel Launches Covert War Against Iran.” The sub-head: “Israel has launched a covert war against Iran as an alternative to direct military strikes against Tehran’s nuclear programme, US intelligence sources have revealed.”  

Ben-Gurion’s Disproportionate Response - 1956

Friday, February 20th, 2009 Here’s a fascinating cartoon from Zurich, 1956: Ben-Gurion’s disproportionate response.

David Gregory’s Jewish Heart

Friday, February 20th, 2009 Interesting blog by David Gregory, the new moderator of NBC’s “Meet The Press.”

Remembering Gene Siskel

Friday, February 20th, 2009 Roger Ebert, who’s now suffering from illness himself (he’s totally lost the ability to speak) put together some nice memories and videos of his old partner, Siskel, who passed away from cancer a decade ago. Ebert, on his Chicago Sun-Times blog, recalls being touched by how seriously Siskel took his Judaism, among so much else. A beautiful essay about friendship.

Saving For A Rainy Day? It’s Raining

Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 Some readers have asked for more info on Satmar’s real estate holdings in relation to Kiryas Joel being the poorest community in the country, according to the latest government figures.  

Israel Lost; Jews Won

Monday, February 23rd, 2009   Few things illuminate just how useless Israel can sometimes be better than its film industry. This year, “Waltzing With Bashir” was Israel’s entry for Academy Award’s Oscar for best foreign language film.   It lost. Good.   The film focused on the killings at Sabra & Shatilla during the first Lebanon war. That’s when, in Menachem Begin’s words, “goyim kill goyim, and they come to blame the Jews.”  

When Booth Saved Lincoln’s Life

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009 In this week’s column (Feb. 27) on “Small Miracles of the Holocaust,” I mention the time that Edwin Booth saved Robert Lincoln’s life. Here’s some more on that fascinating historical footnote. Of course, to R. Lincoln and E. Booth this was not a footnote at all, and it turned out to be a lifesaver, of sorts, for Edwin, as well.

New Book By Gidon Rothstein

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 Rabbi Gidon Rothstein, author of “Murderer In The Mikdash,” and this week’s Sabbath column (Feb. 27), has just come out with a new book, “Cassandra Misreads The Book of Samuel (and other untold tales of the prophets)”. You can check it out and read a chapter (and the back cover) right here.

The Edge of Town: Uncanny Tales of Survival

Thursday, February 26th, 2009     (Because of a formatting error on the main site, here’s a corrected version of this week’s “Edge of Town” column).       Uncanny Tales Of Survival   “Small Miracles of the Holocaust,” and the mysteries of coincidence          by Jonathan Mark      
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