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The Book of Love

You know the Elvis Costello song, Everyday I Write the Book?

I could listen to that song every minute of every day and never get bored.

Even if I can't quite make out his words, there is something about that song that gets under my skin and I think it has everything to do with his…glasses.

You know what I'm a talking about: those big, black clunkers that take over his face with all the subtlety of a jet bomber.

The Jewish Week Interviews Congressional Candidate Reshma Saujani

Adam Dickter interviews congressional candidate Reshma Saujani, who is challenging Rep. Carolyn Maloney of the East Side in September's Democratic primary.

Divorcing Jewish Couple Ordered To Erect Wall

07/07/2010

 (JTA) — A New York judge has ordered a divorcing Orthodox Jewish couple to split their home with a dividing wall as the proceedings continue.

Superior Court Judge Eric Prus on Thursday ordered Pinchas and Nechama Gold to divide their house in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn in half while they go through their divorce, the New York Post reported.

The couple, who have been married for 21 years and have five children, have two weeks to decide where to place the wall in the 3,000-square-foot home.

WZCs Shenanigans

07/06/2010

In his opinion piece, “We Have Met the Enemy...” (July 2), Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is concerned about the anger he saw on display at the recently concluded World Zionist Congress. As we approach Tisha b’Av, he rightfully fears for sinat chinam — senseless divisive hatred that is traditionally blamed for the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. Yet he claims that the shenanigans at the Congress were in response to “non-Orthodox successes in passing resolutions relating to religious pluralism in Israel.”

Support Fellow Jews

07/06/2010

After reading The Jewish Week, I have come to the conclusion that this world has turned itself around. Liberal Jews criticize Israel and equate it with Nazi Germany while they support an enemy that is bent on Israel’s destruction. They criticize Israel for defending itself against an enemy that uses barbaric means to kill Jews, no matter how observant they are or what denomination they are from.

Save Matt Fenster's Life

Next Thursday is Yizkor, a traditional time of tzedakah, and a perfect time to give the gift of life and keep a good soul aive. The unity at Sinai is being played out in a pan-denominational effort -- from liberal to chasidic -- to save Matt Fenster. Check out Gift of Life.

Speed Kills

05/04/2010

Seeing something I have written in print always evokes the wish that I could snatch the words back, if only for a moment, to correct or change them. Manuscripts of notable novels and poems are almost always indecipherable squiggles, cross-outs, arrows, editing marks. Second, third and fourth thoughts are essential for clarity and elegance of expression. As the great Thomas Mann put it, “A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.”

Unnecessary Comment

05/04/2010

Why, oh why, did Gary Rosenblatt feel it necessary to mar an otherwise comprehensive column on the British chief rabbi’s appearances in the United States and the status of halachic leadership of Modern Orthodoxy with the unnecessary and erroneous parenthetical comment that “many prominent rabbis have been brought down by scandal?”  (“Hail to the Chief,” April 23).

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Avoid Escalation

05/04/2010

The unwritten “special relationship” with the U.S. is without a doubt Israel’s greatest and most potent outside asset. Consequently, avoiding an escalation in the current political conflict between the two countries should be Israel’s top priority.

No Times Coverage

05/04/2010

Thank you, Doug Chandler, for doing a nice reporting job on the April 25 rally [opposing the Obama administration’s position on Israel] (“Rally Here Slams Obama, Jewish Democrats,” April 30). I may want to subscribe to The Jewish Week again.

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