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Winners and Losers: Israel’s Historic Unity Government

16 Iyyar 5772 – May 8, 2012
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...

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

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...

Hollywood to the Holy Land (Part 2)

12 Iyyar 5772 – May 4, 2012
"Dear God," I said. "I don’t know why you have come into my life and done this great miracle for me. But I am certainly grateful, and I would like to make You happy some way in return. Tell me what You want me to do, and I will do it."

Roundup: Organ Donation, Abomination, Beer Nation, Cross-Davenation, Plus the Settlers of Tel Aviv

It's the 12th of Iyar. On this day in the year 70, Roman General Titus breached the middle wall of Jerusalem (it was June...

Jblogs: It’s Methuselah Day

11 Iyyar 5772 – May 3, 2012
It's Iyar 11, the yahrzeit of Methuselah at the 969 years of age (according to one opinion). I suppose on this day Jewish geezers go down to the park and pass judgment on the pigeons (You call that pecking?). It's also the yahrzeit, in 1884, of Judah Philip Benjamin, the second Jewish senator in U.S. history (from Louisiana), who also served in the cabinet of President Jefferson Davis (yes, yes, they lost).

From Hollywood to the Holy Land

My bar-mitzvah ceremony was held in a Unitarian church. To me, that’s a perfect symbol for being a Jew in America, where you are totally immersed in a foreign, gentile culture. Even if you live in a strictly-kosher ghetto, the World Series, Michael Jackson, Christmas decorations, the Oscars, and the NY Daily News are waiting for you the minute you cross the street.

The Wrong Time to Dance

10 Iyyar 5772 – May 2, 2012
Standing at my tenth floor perch as the Yom Hazikaron siren blared, I was able to see directly into the open window of a room with three Arab workers in it. I heard myself gasp as the siren hit its loudest pitch, for at that moment, the workers dropped their tools, and began to dance together. And laugh. And dance some more. And as the tears of the Israelis on the street below flowed, these workers danced.

Jblogs: Are You an Anti-Semite if You Have Absolutely Nothing to Say about Jews?

We're a seriously self-obsessed nation, goes without saying. And if we spot you even mumbling something under your mustache or into your beer – we just know it was about us and how we control things, and grab your money and all that. But what if you say nothing about us – and you're Gore Vidal? Tricky, right? We'll answer that and 9 more mysteries after you click.

My Incredible First Day in Israel

“Gevalt!’ I thought to myself. “My very first day in Israel, and my mother would turn on the TV in America and see her son making a protest speech against the Israeli government on behalf of the Jewish Underground!”

Holocaust Days of Remembrance and Traditional Coconut Pyramids

10 Iyyar 5772 – May 1, 2012
Here's the text that accompanies this image on the Pentagon-run website DefenseImagery.mil: "During the Holocaust Days of Remembrance U.S. Air Force Capt. Jennifer McGee, with the 12th Contracting Squadron, helps Madison Angelito and Alex Barner make coconut pyramids, a traditional Jewish dessert, at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas." There are Days of Remembrance? More than one? Needs checking. Also: traditional Jewish coconut pyramids? Whose tradition? Help...

Jblogs: Five Ways to Show I’m not Pregnant and Then Some

It's my second batch so far, and all I can say is I'm frustrated beyond belief, because there's so much good, zesty stuff out there in Jewblogia, and I only get an hour or two to look for the best. For sure I missed great pearls today, and if you want to help me correct this inequity, a.) start a new blog against me, and, 2.) send me da links. I want my links to your work. Trip well, cruise safely, it should all be G rated, maybe PG-13, max.

Here’s My Problem with the Dalai Lama

That’s right. I’m calling out the Dalai Lama. And here’s my problem with His Holiness in particular, and with Buddhists in general – and it also happens to be one of the first things that drew me to Judaism: Jews understand evil. Buddhists do not.

Thanks to The Jewish Press!

I was going to start out this blog by saying that I am happy to be back at The Jewish Press. But, in truth, I have mixed feelings. After all, I’ve been living in Israel now for 28 years, yet The Jewish Press is still in Brooklyn, along with its myriads of faithful readers.

US Pediatric Doctor Favors Female Circumcision

8 Iyyar 5772 – April 30, 2012
Dr. Hatem al-Haj, PhD, MD, a senior committee member of the Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA), has recently published a 41-page Arabic-language paper titled "Circumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine," explaining why female circumcision is recommended and even "an honor" for women.

JBlogs: Shalom Aleikhem Is Not What You Thought It Was

Our daily roundup of the Jblogosphere goes to Hirhurim, The Jew and the Carrot, Failed Messiah, and Cross Currents. We'll be here every weekday with whatever caught our attention out there. Your comments are welcome, and if you're a habitual Jblogger and just uploaded your heart online, please let us know so we'll come visit.

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