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Aint No Grave: Moses, Johnny Cash, End of Days

This week (Adar 7) was the yahrtzeit of Moses, and a day when burial societies (the chevra kaddisha), usually very private, get together for a communal meal, study and reflection. Adar 7 was chosen to be that day because not only is the grave of Moses unknown but no mortals prepared him for the grave, his chevra kaddisha was God.

Real Jews aren't afraid of a tea party

The liberal Jewish fear-mongering regarding the Tea Party movement, that somehow this grassroots anti-tax, anti-DC establishment uprising will hurt Jews, minorities, and the conservative wave sweeping the American spirit, is nothing but leftist wishful thinking.

Agudah: Avi Weiss Shul Not Orthodox

It's a strange thing about some liberal rabbis. They knock the concept of "Das Torah" (the unilateral and unquestioned right of sages to guide their community based upon their mastery of Torah). But then, when a rabbi such as Avi Weiss want to create a woman rabbi, he acts unilaterally, without respecting any communal consensus, based upon what he says is his own mastery and understanding of Torah. In other words, his Das Torah.  

Night At The Museum: 6,000,001

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009 The minute that news of the shooting got out, the first thing that many were getting ready to say is that we shouldn’t blame all Islamic supremicists Moslems.  

The Rebbe On War, Enemies, and Negotiating Land

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009 In light of the controversy over Manis Friedman’s remarks about the Jewish way to wage war against Arabs, here’s something from Chabad.org about how the Lubavitcher rebbe approached the same question, years ago. It was originally posted during Israel’s war in Gaza. (Click HERE for original page) Should I Pray For The Death Of Terrorists? By Tzvi Freeman Question:

Why Do They Hate Us? Maybe Obama’s A Bully

Friday, June 19th, 2009 One of the major complaints by the radical left against the Bush administration was that it was too uniltaral in its foreign affairs, it didn’t take advice from other countries, and the left often pointed to polls showing that support for the United States fell to new lows under Bush.   How’s Obama doing?  

Jailhouse Rav

Friday, June 26th, 2009 While telling prison stories, it’s a good time to remember my late friend, Rabbi Irving Koslowe, for many years the dean of New York’s prison chaplains. Here’s a piece from 1999, when the chaplain left Sing Sing for the final time.  
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