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Michael Oren Correct To Stomp On J Street

My colleague, James Besser, asked, on his blog , why Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren (correctly described as “smart and sophisticated”)  “continues to pick needless fights” with J Street, the so-called and cynically self-described “pro-peace process lobby” and political action committee (see a JTA story on Oren’s latest comments).

Real Jews Don’t Play Dreidel

Real Jews don’t play dreidel. It is a boring, shallow game, needing no skill whatsoever, useless except as a visual symbol for the holiday. It is a game for Jews who don’t know better, a game for half-baked Jews who think “Tikkun Olam” is an actual phrase that real Jews use.  Jews who eat treif and then piously lecture the rest of us about Heksher Tzedek are exactly the kind of Jews who, if they were writing a story about Chanukah, would write a scene depicting a game of dreidel.

Should Kids Be In The Main Shul?

Sunday, December 6th, 2009 A writer from The Wall Street Journal examines this question from a Christian perspective, but shuls have wrestled with this, as well. What do you think?

Pray For Binyamin Jolkovsky

Friday, December 4th, 2009 Binaymin Jolkovsky, the good hearted and very hard working editor of Jewish World Review, a terrific online magazine with reprints of just about every great newspaper column in America, along with wonderful, inspirational Jewish material, podcasts, and even comics, was taken to the hospital by ambulance this week. He left a note to his readers, he ”apologizes for not being able to publish” while he’s flat on his back. Pray for him, his Hebrew name is Binyamin Leib ben-Pesha.
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