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‘End of Days’ Friend Better Than ‘These Days’ Frenemy

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Covering Jewish Art: Tobi Kahn At MOBIA

Sunday, November 15th, 2009 The Jewish Week is proud of our arts coverage, but let’s take a look at what else is out there.

Debbie Friedman Concert For Reform’s HUC

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 (Here’s a press release for the great Debbie Friedman and an honorable cause. — JM) “DEBBIE & FRIENDS:” CONCERT TO BENEFIT HUC-JIR AND ITS SCHOOL OF SACRED MUSIC - Launching of National Cantorial Scholarship Initiative

Shuls Of Straw: Yitz, Avi & The Big Bad Wolf

Friday, November 6th, 2009 It’s time to stop crediting “the Rav” (Soloveitchik) for having been the intellectual centerpiece of Modern Orthodoxy. He’s not. Never was. His “modern” Orthodoxy wasn’t all that modern, even in his prime. He was about as modern as your zaidy’s Eisenhower-era Dodge, equipped with only AM radio.

Jews Right To Fear Dinkins Do-Over

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 There’s nothing more predictable than politicians (and their followers) saying “my opponent is playing to people’s fears,” as if that disccredits the reason people are afraid in the first place. Opponents of William Thompson have warned that if elected this Democrat might turn New York back into the Fort Apache anarchy of the David Dinkins years, or into the Detroit or Newark of this year.

J Street, and Mom’s Yahrtzeit

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 “And Rachel… had hard labor… it came to pass as her soul was departing… Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Efrata (Bethlehem). And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave, the same as is on Rachel’s grave until this day.”   This week, Heshvan 11 (Thursday, Oct. 29) is that day of Mother Rachel’s passing. I just might light a candle. That’s what family does. I’m her kid.

Maccabi Coach Apologizes To Knicks

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 October 27, 2009   JERUSALEM (JTA) – An Israeli basketball coach apologized for making a scene after being ejected from his team’s exhibition game against the New York Knicks.   Pini Gershon, head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv, delayed the Oct. 18 game in Madison Square Garden for about 10 minutes when he refused to leave the court after being ejected with two technical fouls.  

Rambam In Hebron

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 (Everything below is excerpted from an e-mail sent by Hebron’s David Wilder)   In 1165 Moshe ben Maimon, known as Maimonides or the Rambam, visited Eretz Yisrael. In the preface to his commentary on the Talmudic tractate of Rosh Hashana he writes of his visit to Hebron.  

Oren And The Neturei Kartas Of J Street

Monday, October 19th, 2009 J Street, a devious and dangerous neo-Jewish organization, an anti-Israel group with the Orwellian cynicism to call itself “pro-Israel,” is having a major gathering next week. They invited Israel’s Ambassador Michael Oren to speak. So far, he’s blown them off. Wisely. (Update: The embassy announced that the Ambassador won’t be going but someone from the embassy will attend simply as an observer. After all, these guys have to be carefully watched.)  
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