Monthly Archives: May 2009

Transforming America’s Israel Lobby

Barely a week after Benjamin Netanyahu had his first meeting as Prime Minister with Barack Obama, the two are squaring off publicly over the issue of “natural growth” in West Bank settlements. One of the more interesting circumstances about this … Read More

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Friends (Chevre) Cheesecake for Shavuot

There is a cheesecake sitting in my (boyfriend’s) refrigerator right now. At some point late last week I got it in my head that with Shavuot just around the corner I should make a cheesecake. Since I’m doing a time-share … Read More

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Jewcy Zeitgeist: Italian Prime Minister in Hot Water, Global Warming Causes Deaths, and Gay Teen Takes Prom Queen

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order:  The Prime Minister of Italy might be on his way out after a scandal involving an 18-year-old aspiring model and a supposed "inappropriate relationship" with the girl 54 years his junior. His wife … Read More

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Everywhere But There

If the mounting litany of threats against the Islamic Republic of Iran are any indication, Israel definitely intends to go to war. Barely a day passes, or so it seems, without a member of the Israeli government making a statement … Read More

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Enterprise Solution: Star Trek and President Barack Obama

Long before the promotional campaign for the new Star Trek film started in earnest, commentators had already discerned an uncanny similarity between the personalities of Spock and Barack Obama. Calm in the face of anger, collected when others are scattered, … Read More

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Jews in the World at the End of Philo-Semitism

The half century after World War II was a period of unusual, perhaps unique international attention to the Jewish people (as opposed to Jewish concepts of God and religion).  Spurred by the horrors of the Holocaust and what once-upon-a time … Read More

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How to Save Judaism: Better Marketing!

Jews don’t seem to care as much about Judaism as they used to. This smacked me on the head recently when I learned that a friend of mine’s step-father (born to a Jewish family) recently "accepted Christ" and attends an … Read More

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Seven Days for Shavuot

The giving of Torah happened at one specific time, but the receiving of Torah happens all the time, in every generation.  — Isaac Meir Alter, the Gerer Rebbe, 1799-1866 In the Torah our ancestors were instructed to make three annual … Read More

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