The bike lanes occur hard by many bicycle stores – which have handmade signs in rainbow colors and rammed-earth structures for resting and bike racks confected from found scrap metal and owners who are lean bearded guys in jeans- just like in the drawings of the 1960s. A Jew in the Rain
Jewish bootlegger – a theme emerges?
(F)rum Runners Prohibition is perennially making a comeback, at least in the media; and this is one of those revival times. It began with the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire, now in its second season, set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City and priding itself on its historical accuracy. The show is filled with gangsters, including prominent Jewish gangsters. This fall Ken Burns’ three-part PBS documentary Prohibition went beyond the subject’s curiosity and entertainment value to treat Prohibition as part of America’s struggles over self-definition. Banning alcohol, Burns shows, was not simply a battle over the “liquor question”; it was no less than an effort by rural white Anglo-Saxon Protestants to reclaim the country’s culture from the hard-drinking moral demons—that is, the immigrants—who had managed to pass through the gates. Lawrence J. Epstein, Jewish Ideas Daily
To The Last Byte The question isn’t, “What is Facebook worth?”, the real question is what are we worth? The secret of Facebook is that there is no Facebook, just reams of user data, information voluntarily submitted by hundreds of millions of people in exchange for a free ride, which is monetized by a company that makes nothing except increasingly broken code, by selling ads to companies hoping to convince consumers to buy the products manufactured by their Chinese partners. Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish
Everything old is new again There is an expression I like to quote from the 1998 edition of the Artscroll Chumash. “To the degree that one trusts in God’s help, one receives it.”
Someone else — I can’t remember who it was — said it very nicely. When you notice Hashem’s gifts and acknowledge them, it is as if He says, “You liked that? Wait till you see this! I’ve got a lot more to show you, since you’re interested…” Ki Yachol Nuchal!
On a need to know basis:
Advice to New Army Mothers For now, I’m in a place that years ago I never imagined I would be – safe on the other side, looking back. Now, with my two older sons out of the army, with Yaakov safely married in the States and Chaim in his studies, I can be glad they were in. I can say that they grew as people, as Jews, as Israelis, as men, as sons. Now, when it is safe.
Every once in a while, I meet a mother of a son about to go in – a mother not born in Israel, but one like me who came later in life with a son who is now about to begin the journey, or a mother who struggles through this period while she is there in America and her son has come alone. It is a strange feeling to be here, knowing they are just at the start. I met one such mother last night – I’ve known her for years but this time she told me her son was finishing high school and this time, it was across that divide that I began remembering those first days, those first fears. Paula R. Stern, A Soldier’s Mother
I totally agree with Dov Bear on this one:
Fisking “Thou shalt not text”
Over the last 20 years, as it has become easier than ever to acquire porn, rape in America has declined by more than 70 percent while other sexual assaults have fallen by over 60 percent. If Kobre was correct about porn “leading to violence against women” we’d see an increase, wouldn’t we? Instead, we’ve seen the dramatic opposite. As one wag put it “As raunch waxes rape wanes.”
About the Author: Tibbi Singer is a veteran contributor to publications such as Israel Shelanu and the US supplement of Yedioth, and Jewish Business News.
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