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Suspended For Being Too Jewish?

23 Iyyar 5772 – May 15, 2012
My earliest thought of Judaism came in Catholic school, when I cussed out my grade three teacher for being an anti-Semite. I was no Biblical expert at the age of nine, but even my cursory understanding of the Bible told me that Christians had a heck of a lot in common with Jews.

Luckily, Avraham Wasn’t a Complainer

Avraham Avinu packed up his belongings without saying a word and hastened to the Land, even though it was loaded with savage heathens, prostitutes, idol worship, murderers, and rapists, even though there wasn’t one synagogue, kosher butcher, or luxury villa to be found.

Money? I’m Giving it Away!

22 Iyyar 5772 – May 14, 2012
Years ago, I was taught by secular Jewish friend that giving away money was disrespectful to money. It devalued money to give it away. And, for years, I agreed. Until I tried it.
Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret (1930–2002), Countess of Snowdon, younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II and the younger daughter of King George VI. And that's a whole lot of production value for one joke!

Being Gay and Orthodox Gets Really Complicated

Our recent discussions in the Jewish media of gay marriages and the conflict between being a faithful Jew and being gay reminded me of...

Dear Not a Jew -> Jew

Some people will tell you that if you put on tefillin in Brooklyn, you’ve reached the pinnacle of the Jewish journey, but it isn’t true. Other people will tell you we have to stay in exile until Mashiach arrives. But that isn’t true either. Hashem isn’t waiting for Mashiach. Before our very eyes, Hashem has brought millions of Jews back to Israel on His own, without waiting for Mashiach to do all the work.

Why Help Build America When We Can Help Build the Land of the Jews?

20 Iyyar 5772 – May 11, 2012
It is no secret that American Jewry is being decimated by assimilation. The longer the Jewish community remains in America the more the assimilation will grow. So I ask – what’s the point in working to strengthen something that is destined to dwindle out and end? The exile is a curse which is not supposed to continue forever.
A bunch of Hollywood starts visited an IAF base this week. I recognize the guy from House and the guy from the old ER right behind him. Anyone else?

Tibbi’s Roundup: If You Knew What’s Going On in my Head You’d Blush

18 Iyyar 5772 – May 10, 2012
Not related to the image above which is just my treat to you, the same-sex story reminds me of the joke about a guy...

“The People Shall Rise Up Like a Lion!”

17 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
Not only are the streets of Jerusalem inundated with the smoke of burning embers; but hillsides and streets all over the country are lit up with the fiery love of Torah which kindles in every heart. Not only the streets, but the smoke of these holy bonfires penetrates into every single apartment and house, like the aroma of incense on the Temple’s altar, penetrating through windows and concrete walls to reveal the inner spirit of every Israeli soul, of every Israeli home.
Prof. Yosef Garfinkel with one of the two small containers, one of clay and one of stone that were unearthed at Khirbet Qeiyafa near Beit Shemesh and are believed to be the first-ever archaeological evidence of a Judean cult dating from the time of Kong David.

Tibbi’s Roundup: Bibi, Terrorist Lady, Rabbis, Parents, Children, and the Stuff In-Between

Our roundup today concludes with parental anxieties, which all of us with and without children share. It reminded me of the joke about a...

Hugo Stiglitz VS the Canaanites

My considerable experience with bad people is: showing weakness to them never, ever works. Not ever. Never. As evidenced by the entire arc of human, and Jewish, history.

Why A Jew?

16 Iyyar 5772 – May 8, 2012
The secularists and atheists in my life don’t know enough about Judaism to know how big of deal this is, so they tend to look at my journey as a mildly exotic lifestyle choice – like a phase Madonna might go through – before they focus on the real issue at hand: circumcision.
Oketz is the IDF elite canine unit, trained to operate in every combat contingency.

Tibbi’s Roundup: The Rebbe and the Dog

One of the questions posed to PM Netanyahu and his new coalition bride Shaul Mofaz by one of those pesky Israeli TV reporters was:...

If I Were Prime Minister

Now that everyone is talking about elections, I’m thinking of throwing my kippah into the ring. In all modesty, my novels have won me a pretty fair following in the religious community, so I could very well garner the necessary number of votes to get elected to the Knesset.

Winners and Losers: Israel’s Historic Unity Government

A joint JoeSettler-Jameel post.  Left behind in the wake of Netanyahu’s surprise unity maneuver are some serious winners and loser. There is no doubt that...
Love a woman in uniform. A tank instructor during her training course surfaces for a second to say hello.

Tibbi Singer’s Daily Roundup: Be the Best Sheigetz You Can Be…

15 Iyyar 5772 – May 7, 2012
This Jewish guy gets to a small town out in the hinterland, and in his kosher traveler's guide he finds a motel that's run...

Premature Jew – Bashing

I was Jew-bashed, and almost killed, before I had my first thought of becoming a Jew.

A Jew on Broadway

On a friend’s recommendation, I went to see the Broadway musical Godspell. I found myself watching Jesus get hoisted on a cross by Judas Iscariot, surrounded by an audience with tears and/or rage in their eyes. At that moment, being the only person in the room with a Kippah on his head…made me stand out. But I forced myself to stay. Because I had never experienced this as a Jew.

Dennis Prager, the Torah, and Me

14 Iyyar 5772 – May 6, 2012
Throughout my life, I have always been drawn to great speakers. As a word-lover, I have to keep an eye on this predisposition, the same way a wine-lover must be careful about that second glass.

It Beats Writing Trashy Movies in Hollywood: Part 3

When I finally made aliyah, I knew lots of people, and was already half “Israeli”. I lived in Jerusalem with the saintly old lady I had met on my first visit, and spent my days running around with Rabbi Hazani, designing street posters and helping him with the campaign to free the Jewish Underground until he dragged me to the Machon Meir Yeshiva
Provocation by any other name… The "Slut Walk" parade went through the center of Jerusalem on Friday, May 4, to protest gender discrimination and sexual harassment. Meanwhile, Police have prohibited the Women in Green's walk around Jerusalem's walls on Tisha B'Av.

Tibbi’s Roundup: ‘Asifa’ Organizers Snub Women, Lubavitch

14 Iyyar 5772 – May 5, 2012
Happy New Week. I'm trying a topical approach to my roundup, so I went trolling for new, interesting things about Lag Ba'Omer (only a...

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