Courageous Women

Pres. Obama signed into law the Violence Against Women Act to a cheering crowd of Jewish, Native American, immigrant and LGBT women gathered at the Department of Interior March 7. Amid flashes from cameras from IPads and smart phones, Obama declared he was signing the more-inclusive VAWA “because this is a country where everybody should… Read More

The strategic value of hummus

I wrote recently on how Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was touting hummus – because the Sabra hummus company was expanding its operations its operations there – and making it sound like the chickpea-based food had become the commonwealth’s unofficial Middle Eastern dish best eaten with pita.

King of Jesters

I’m thinking about Danny Kaye. At our editorial meeting this morning, we learned that those of us over 40 or so know that the vessel with the pestle has the pellet with the poison but the flagon with the dragon has the brew that is true.

Palestine is a country – Just ask Sporcle

Thanks to Palestine’s recent success at the United Nations, it is now a true country, according to the website Sporcle. For those not familiar, Sporcle is an on-line trivia quiz site that features short quizzes on geography, entertainment, sports, history, literature and many other topics. The quizzes are timed so you might have three minutes… Read More

New way to speak about Israel

For as long as I can remember, supporters of Israel have complained about how poor Israel is at hasbara (literally “explanation,” but in this context, “public relations”). To those of us who love and support Israel, it has always been especially frustrating because it appears so obvious that objective analysis by any rational person would… Read More

The last first day

I have been thinking a great deal about the significance of this day, for it marks the end of a 29-year-streak. It is the last time I will bless one of my children as they go off for the first day of school. Since September of 1983 when my oldest son left the house to… Read More

Rabbis lobby for Israel at U.N.

The old adage about the weather is applicable to the United Nations. Everyone complains about it, but no one seems to do anything about it. A group of more than 60 rabbis, at the annual meeting of the Rabbinic Cabinet of Jewish Federations of North America, decided to try to do something, if not about… Read More

Dealing with our Jewish generation gap

I am, as I write this, about to depart for a lecture tour to the United States. While I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about the Jewish scene across the Atlantic, this time, I am going with some trepidation because there is a new Jewish reality in the Diaspora. Most audiences I will address will be… Read More