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Israel to Recognize, Pay, Non-Orthodox Rabbis

9 Sivan 5772 – May 30, 2012
The Israeli government will begin paying non-Orthodox rabbis and recognizing them as community leaders. The attorney general’s office advised the Supreme Court Tuesday that Reform...

Pushing The Envelope In The Obama White House

3 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
While we share the belief of most Americans that candidates for office should run on a level playing field, we are not naïve enough to believe incumbency doesn't matter. There are perks that come with political office, particularly the highest political office in the land. For example, presidents running for reelection are allowed to use Air For One, with all its attendant trappings of power, when traveling to and from campaign events – though their campaigns are required to reimburse the public treasury for expenses incurred.

Why Cory Booker’s Message of Social Civility Resonates

1 Sivan 5772 – May 22, 2012
Few people I have met have been more committed to social unity and bringing people together than Cory Booker. Which other African-American Christian Rhodes scholar would have agreed to become President of an orthodox Jewish student organization that was run by a Hassidic Rabbi?

Doctoring Documents: Postscript

25 Iyyar 5772 – May 16, 2012
Last week we called attention to the extraordinary reports that the Obama administration had taken to scrubbing references in official documents to Jerusalem as part of Israel.

NY Times: Brooklyn D.A. Inflated Success of Program Against Haredi Sex Abuse

21 Iyyar 5772 – May 12, 2012
Brooklyn’s district attorney has inflated the results of a program for combating child sexual abuse in the Haredi Orthodox community, a New York Times...

Jackie Robinson: A Real Mensch

17 Iyyar 5772 – May 9, 2012
I was lucky enough to have met and interviewed many Hall of Famers including Joe DiMaggio, Hank Greenberg, Ted Williams and Stan Musial. I also had the chance to meet and gab with many of the stars from the old Negro Leagues who went on to play in the major leagues after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier – Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Larry Doby, Monte Irvin and Satchel Paige. But I never had the chance to meet Jackie Robinson.

Turkey Blocking Israel’s Participation in NATO Chicago Summit

2 Iyyar 5772 – April 23, 2012
Turkey blocked the participation of Israel in next month's NATO Summit in Chicago, a Turkish newspaper reported. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vetoed Israel's participation...

Canada Shuts Down Organization Supporting B’Tzelem

23 Nisan 5772 – April 14, 2012
The website Shalom Toronto reports that Canada's foreign office will close down the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic development, which two years...

Play Ball!

21 Nisan 5772 – April 12, 2012
The 2012 baseball season should be a most interesting one. Every game is important. No longer can a team just play for the Wild Card spot and have an equal shot with the three division winners at participating in the World Series (as St. Louis did last year).

The Rose Nomination

28 Adar 5772 – March 21, 2012
It has largely passed under the radar screen, but Stephanie Rose, who was the deputy chief of the criminal division in the U.S. attorney’s office in northern Iowa at the time of the Agriprocessors immigration and Rubashkin prosecutions, has been nominated by President Obama to be a federal judge.

Higher Education and Students with Disabilities

24 Adar 5772 – March 18, 2012
The college of yesteryear is not the college of today. Students with disabilities comprise the most rapidly growing student population on many campuses.

Report: Turkey Warns Iran Against Attacking Israeli and Jewish Targets on Turkish Soil

20 Adar 5772 – March 14, 2012
Israel's Army Radio cited a report in the Turkish daily newspaper Zaman as saying that Turkey has warned Iran against perpetrating acts of terrorism against Israelis...

Air Strikes in Yemen Kill 45 Al-Qaida Terrorists

17 Adar 5772 – March 10, 2012
Reuters reports that on Saturday the U S drone attacks killed at least 25 al-Qaida fighters, including one commander, while a Yemeni air force...

When Allan Met Lillian and They Were 95 and Asked for a Short Wedding

7 Adar 5772 – March 1, 2012
They didn't want marriage at age 95, but their parents insisted…It's a very old joke which I kept thinking about while watching this video. You absolutely have to, also, or you'll hate yourself afterwards. Seriously, they look so CUTE together, short, wrinkled, with 190 years between them and such sweet love. After their two-minute ceremony in a small room in the county office, the couple ate lunch at a nearby International House of Pancakes and returned to their Palm Springs condominium…

How To Make Purim Sameach!

2 Adar 5772 – February 24, 2012
There’s nothing like a holiday where one is required to be happy to bring out the grouch in all of us. But we should all be excited to greet Purim. Not only because of the beautiful miracle that occurred, the lessons of emunah and the role of the Jewish woman that Megillas Esther teaches us, but also because it’s the only twenty-four hour holiday that we celebrate here in Chutz L’Aretz, and it has merely four mitzvot! How simple is that?

Elie Wiesel Wants Romney to Denounce Mormon Posthumous Baptisms

26 Shevat 5772 – February 19, 2012
The Boston Globe wrote Saturday that Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize laureate Elie Wiesel wants Mitt Romney to speak out against the Mormon practice...

French President Sarkozy Meets With Gilad Shalit

16 Shevat 5772 – February 8, 2012
According to a statement released by the president's office, Sarkozy saluted Shalit for his exemplary courage.

The Nixon Fascination

9 Shevat 5772 – February 1, 2012
Americans never seem to tire of Richard Nixon, the man who strode the nation’s political stage for three decades, as congressman, senator, vice president and president, only to see his career come crashing down when his involvement in the Watergate scandal led to his resignation – the only U.S. president to so step down – in order to avoid certain impeachment.

Will Netanyahu Call Early Elections?

7 Shevat 5772 – January 30, 2012
Israeli national elections are scheduled for November 2013.

Daf Yomi

3 Shevat 5772 – January 26, 2012
A Burning Question? ‘If Said In The Concerned Person’s Presence It’s Not Evil Speech’ (Arachin 15b)

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