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The Four Sons Of Pesach Sheni

Monday, May 19th, 2008 Today (May 19) is Pesach Sheni, the best holiday nobody ever heard of, the day when there are no sins, only second chances (read the Jewish Week story here) Was there ever a greater Pesach Sheni than in 1945? Like so many others, my Uncle Zisha was a Nazi slave on Pesach, 1945. He was liberated April 11. Two weeks later, on Pesach Sheni, Zisha had his seder.

Obama Backer: Zionists Wanted Holocaust

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 That sure was terrible, what Rev. John Hagee said about the Holocaust, that it was God’s way of sending the Jews back to Israel. Almost as bad as what Hamas says about the Holocaust and Jews. Hagee, of course, was a major supporter of John McCain, until this fuss led McCain to reject Hagee’ endorsement, and Hagee to withdraw his endorsement after McCain’s rejection. And Obama has rejected his endorsement by Hamas.

The Israel Parade Again

Friday, May 23rd, 2008 The Salute To Israel Parade is back in town this Sunday, and it’s terrific in a multitude of ways, which begs the question: Why does just about every Jewish day school lack confidence in the appeal of this parade, so much so that have to make attendance at the parade “mandatory”? Kids naturally love parades, and most yeshiva kids love Israel, so why is everyone so sure kids won’t come to this parade without a whip and chair?

Stories For A Shiva

Sunday, April 13th, 2008 As we say during Passover’s Prayer for Dew, “With His consent, I shall speak of mysteries.” The death by lightning’s fire of Scarsdale’s Rabbi Jacob Rubenstein and his wife, Deborah, in the midnight hours of Shabbat April 12, were strangely a reminder of how wonderful this world is.

Carter And Cocoa For Hamas

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 I think Jimmy Carter is every bit the anti-Zionist, perhaps even the anti-Semite, that many Jews think he is. And yet, as a father, I liked the idea of Carter talking to Hamas.

Pollard, The Chinese Spy

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008 The recent arrest of an Israeli spy, Ben-Ami Kadish, brings Jonathan Pollard to mind, and one of the weakest, most infuriating arguments on Pollard’s behalf: “He spied for a friendly nation,” Israel. As DeGaulle once said, nations don’t have friends, they only have interests.

The Great Ma’aleh (Orthodox) Film School

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Today Is Purim In Hebron

Thursday, December 31st, 2009 Check it out — today, the 14th day of Tevet, is Purim in Hebron.

Greatest Jewish Pitcher Of The Decade

Sunday, December 27th, 2009 With Jason Marquis signing with the Washington Nationals, here are some press notes (with assistance from Martin Abramowitz at www.jewishmajorleaguers.org, and BaseballReference.com). Of the 14 Jewish pitchers from 2000-2009, Jason Marquis was the decade’s dominant Jewish hurler with a record of 94-83; an era of 4.48, a WHIP of 1.42 and 867 strikeouts.
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