Our roundup today concludes with parental anxieties, which all of us with and without children share. It reminded me of the joke about a father and his son who go into a restaurant and order soup. The soup arrives boiling hot, but the steam was trapped below the grease.
The son drank a spoonful and his mouth was burnt so badly, he started to cry.
His father asked him why he was crying and the boy said, I remembered my dead mother.
The father then also poured a hefty spoonful into his mouth and he, too, started to cry.
His son asked, Why are you crying?
And the father said, I’m crying because she didn’t take you with her…
Bibi the Survivor Before Sharon, two conservative Israeli Prime Ministers were forced out by American pressure over the peace process. One of those men was Netanyahu. Since Begin met Carter, there has never been a relationship as bad as the one between Netanyahu and Obama. If Clinton wanted Netanyahu gone, Obama wants him gone on a rail. And that makes Netanyahu’s position dangerously precarious because in any election or coalition deal, Washington D.C. is the shadow player. Daniel Greenfield, Sultan Knish
Those who remember Shaul Mofaz’s and Kadima’s role in the demolition of thousands of Jewish homes in Gush Katif, were aching for the moment when both would have imploded, come the promised September elections. The fact that the moment was clipped angers Paula R. Stern.
Bibi Challenging Israel’s Democracy By all polls I have seen lately, the Likud was in for a smashing victory in the election that will never be. Kadima was headed for self-implosion. Bibi has become their lifeline – betraying tens of thousands (likely more) of his “supporters.” Years ago, Sharon took my vote and betrayed it. Last year, after 10 years as a Likud member, I took my vote back. It will not be with my vote that Bibi extends his mandate; it was not my support he betrayed last night. Paula R. Stern, A Soldier’s Mother
|NATURAL BORN KILLER LADY|
Numerous Palestinian sites and institutions, including a few inaugurated by the Palestinian Authority, bear her name: a public square, a computer center, soccer tournament, and summer camp. Imagine someone in Dallas, Texas, setting to meet at Lee Harvey Oswald square, if LHO murdered 37 people.
Terrorist Dalal Mughrabi Again Presented as Role Model for Youth The Palestinian Authority practice of honoring Dalal Mughrabi and presenting her as a role model for youth continues. In 1978, a group of terrorists led by Dalal Mughrabi sailed from Lebanon to Israel to carry out a terror attack. They hijacked a bus and killed 37 Israeli civilians.
Palestinian Media Watch has reported that the PA regularly presents Mughrabi as a Palestinian hero and role model by naming sporting events, summer camps and even schools after her. Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik, Palestinian Media Watch
|SINGLES FOR CHANGE|
The item below sounded interesting enough for a link. It also sounds like something women should be able to do on May 20th, while that other event is going on with guys only. Let me know if you went and how it came down.
iChange: Inside the Activists’ Studio’s Sarah From Over a decade of work in nonprofits, I saw how lack of sleep, email overload, unmindful leadership, and inadequate personal organization could hinder the work. As I began to experiment with different strategies and tools to manage my own workload, I became more interested in the bigger picture. That is, how does the way we work for social change reflect the values we are fighting for? And what’s the cost if we’re changing our communities and the world but running ourselves into the ground in the process? The work I do now is to help social change leaders and organizations identify new ways of working that promote sustainability, productivity, and alignment with purpose and values. Pursue
Thanks to JewSchool for the link.
|IS THERE A RABBI IN THE HOUSE?|
There was a guy in my shul in New York who used to respond, when someone would call him “Rabbi,” by saying, in Yiddish, “Du bist alein a gonnif” (You are a thief all by yourself – loosely translated). This to suggest that the term Rabbi may have lost some clout over the years.
If, on the other hand, we must refer to anyone who has taught us a valuable lesson by the title Rabbi, there’s a whole bunch of no-goodniks out there I should be addressing as Rabbi No Goodnik.
There are a few websites out there whose sole purpose is to catch rabbis in all kinds of failures. I suppose that’s part of the Rabbi game, too.
Hirhurim offers a good discussion of mostly the social aspects of the Rabbinic title. As some of his readers suggest, he hasn’t touched, really, the on issue of ordination, and what’s the real connection between today’s s’micha institution and the classical one. Maybe some other time.
Who Can Be Called Rabbi? To many people, “rabbi” is a professional title. Failing to use that title confuses people and, to a small degree, hurts the subject’s livelihood. Is it proper, in such a circumstance, to withhold the title “rabbi” from someone who fails the religious standards mentioned above but serves in that professional capacity? Hirhurim
Please don’t gang up on poor Tibbi for linking to this oh-so-un-frum story, about Amrica’s first female rabbi. I’m as frum as the next lady out there, but I still found myself empathizing with what turned out to be a fairly sad account of a life of struggling to be recognized.
Being a female rabbi in the Reform movement 40 years ago wasn’t any easier than being female anywhere else. And Sally Priesand had to make a few very painful sacrifices.
America’s First Female Rabbi Reflects on Four Decades Since Ordination Regarding what the private lives of female rabbis are like, Priesand says that is up to each individual woman. When she was in rabbinical school, she intended to get married and have children, and planned to have a nursery next to her synagogue office. Reality turned out to be different. “When I got out in the real world, I realized that I just couldn’t do that; I would be torn between my family and my congregation,” she says. “But I can look back and know that all the children of the synagogue are in a sense my children and I’ve had an influence.” eJewish Philanthropy
And, obviously, no discussion of rabbinic ordination and the many different Jews who seek to have it would be complete without Shmarya the Failed Messiah. He is so reliable…
Rabbi Ordination Fraud Uncovered Five men are suspected for fraud and impersonation after attempting to take a rabbinic qualification exam in the name yeshiva students. The five men admitted they were paid thousands of shekels by yeshiva students to take the exam in their place, because the yeshiva students were not properly prepared to pass it themselves. Police suspect a larger network of fraudulent semicha test takers has been operating and that many more rabbis fraudulently obtained ordination this way. Shmarya Rosenberg, FailedMessiah.com
|OUR CHILDREN ONLY HAVE US TO BLAME|
We can’t raise our children trying to avoid mistakes. And we can take it for granted that over the course of 20 or so years we’ll make so many horrendous mistakes, our kids would end up singing in dark jazz clubs how we ruined their lives. It can’t be helped. Now go have babies and raise them the best you can.
Why parenting scares me For me, the scariest part of parenting is not knowing where my actions or words will lead.
Parents talk to children, reward or punish them, assign them tasks and mark their progress, all with the best intentions and perhaps even with some knowledge, but who know where it’s going to go? Who can predict the impact? The Rebbetzin’s Husband
You Let Your Kids Do WHAT? 20/20 featured a shocking episode this past Friday called “You Let Your Kids Do WHAT?” This show includes a Las Vegas Billionaire who bribes her teenage daughter to bring home straight A’s with trips to Morocco and $20,000 shopping sprees. A couple that is raising their sons on a Florida nudist colony. And a couple who bought their 7-year-old son a $50,000 monster truck that he rides as the youngest participant on the hyper-dangerous monster truck circuit.
The weird thing is that when these parents discuss their problematic parenting decisions they almost sound reasonable.
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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