A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.
Did you enjoy 5767? For Jews around the world, it was the usual assortment of bad – and even worse – news.
Of course, not everything was awful. It was a year of recovery in Israel, as the aftermath of last year’s less than successful Second Lebanon War was followed by recriminations and political stalemate.
But the push for a two-state solution has morphed into a three-state version with a Hamasistan in Gaza. And the people of the town of Sderot and its environs celebrated the first day of the school year with a barrage of Kassam rockets from Gaza as they settle in for another year of being under Palestinian fire. Israel also suffered the humiliation of seeing its president resign in disgrace after taking a plea-bargain escape from a rape trial.
So, as we pause to catch our collective breath, the arrival of a new Jewish year has us all wondering about what’s in store for 5768. Can things get worse? Of course, they can!
Yet even as we cope with Kassams, terror and cutthroat politics, we shouldn’t lose what’s left of our sense of humor.
But before the Almighty writes down just how much worse (or better) it will be for us in the proverbial Book of Life, I present (with apologies, as always, to former New York Times columnist William Safire) the annual “Jewish Pundit Quiz” for 5768.
So guess – or should I say prognosticate – along with me about the coming year. My answers are at the bottom of the column. And remember, if you are worried about the outcome, teshuvah (repentance), tefillah (prayer) and tzedakah (acts of justice and charity) may avert the severe decree.
1. The winner of the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination will be:
a. Sen. Hillary Clinton
b. Sen. Barack Obama
c. Sen. Joe Biden
d. John Edwards
e. Gov. Bill Richardson
2. The 2008 Democratic vice-presidential candidate will be:
a. Sen. Barack Obama
b. Gov. Bill Richardson
c. Al Gore
d. Al Sharpton
e. Gov. Ed Rendell
3. The winner of the 2008 Republican presidential nomination will be:
a. Sen. John McCain
b. Mitt Romney
c. Rudy Giuliani
d. Fred Thompson
e. Newt Gingrich
4. The 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate will be:
a. Jeb Bush
b. Rudy Giuliani
c. Mitt Romney
d. Condoleezza Rice
e. Dick Cheney
5. The decisive issue in the 2008 presidential primaries will be:
a. Health care
c. Islamist terrorism
d. The war in Iraq
e. Congressional corruption
6. By the start of 5769, the situation in Iraq will have:
a. Collapsed, as a spring U.S. withdrawal leads to chaos and mass bloodshed.
b. Stabilized, as the success of the U.S. troop surge reverses the tide of American public opinion.
c. Stalemated, as the insurgents wait patiently for the victory of an antiwar U.S. presidential candidate.
7. The most important issue for the majority of American Jews in 5768 will be:
a. Funding Jewish education.
b. Fear of the Christian Right.
c. The collapse of the federation system as Jewish philanthropy continues its decline.
d. The drive to build more Jewish history museums.
e. Ensuring the victory of the Democrats over the Republicans.
8. By the start of 5769, the prime minister of Israel will be:
a. Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu
b. Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni
c. Defense Minister Ehud Barak
d. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert
e. Ariel Sharon (who will come out of his coma and ask what happened while he was asleep).
9. By the start of 5769, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will:
a. Have been resolved, as Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas reach a historic agreement.
b. Still be stalemated, as weak Israeli and Palestinian leaders find they can’t agree and have no support even if they did.
c. Have re-escalated, as missile attacks lead to an Israeli all-out attack on Hamasistan in Gaza.
d. Be largely sidelined, as an Iranian announcement of the successful test of a nuclear bomb renders all other issues moot.
10. The most important event next year in terms of Jewish history will be:
a. The freeing of kidnapped Israeli soldiers Gilad Shalit, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev.
About the Author: Jonathan S. Tobin is senior online editor of Commentary magazine and chief political blogger at www.commentarymagazine.com, where this first appeared. He can be reached via e-mail at email@example.com.
If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.
Comments are closed.
If itis a mitzva to eat matza all Pesach, then why is there no berakha attached to it?
When we are united with unconditional love, no stone will be raised against us by our enemies.
The reporter simply reports the news, but it is greater to be inspired to better the situation.
Freeing convicted murderers returns the status of Jewish existence to something less than sanctified.
“The bigger they are the harder they fall” describes what God had in mind for Olmert.
We, soldiers of the IDF, who stand guard over the people and the land, fulfill the hopes of the millions of Jewish people across the generations who sought freedom.
How much is the human mind able to grasp of the Divine?
Jews have brought the baggage of the galut (exile) mentality to the modern state of Israel.
The Haggadah is an instruction manual on how to survive as strangers in strange lands.
It’s finally happened. New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan reported on her blog that “many readers…wrote to object to an [April 2] article…on the breakdown in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians,” claiming “[they] found the headline misleading and the article itself lacking in context.” Ms. Sullivan provided one such letter, quoted the […]
Nor did it seem relevant that according to widely circulated media reports, Rev. Sharpton was caught on an FBI surveillance video discussing possible drug sales with an FBI agent.
Jewish soldiers in the Polish forces often encountered anti-Semitic prejudice.
When the state was established, gedolim went to Ben-Gurion and asked him not to draft women and, later, yeshiva bachrim.
To admit Israel is a Jewish State would undo Arabs’ claimed victimhood and plans to eliminate Israel.
Friedman has been writing the same column for decades in which he asks Israelis whether they will leave the “West Bank.”
Issuing a statement dredging up Wildstein’s life, Christie’s office raised as many questions as it answered.
No matter how wrong Israel’s leaders may think their American counterparts are, little good comes from public spats.
Lieberman has repeatedly dismissed the Palestinian Authority as not being a peace partner.
This is a political version of replacement theology.
Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/get-out-your-crystal-ball-the-5768-jewish-pundit-quiz-on-next-years-news/2007/09/11/
Scan this QR code to visit this page online: