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Kiddush Hahodesh in the the Gulf States

Kiddush Hahodesh is alive and well in the Gulf States. From Gulf News: The Saudi Arabia Supreme Court announced that Friday May 26 will complete the month of Sha’baan and that the first day of Ramadan will be on Saturday May 27. The UAE Moon Sighting Committee announced on Thursday that the moon crescent, which […]

How About that Anti-Peace Jewish Leadership

From Laura Rozen: Tonight, former Florida Democratic Congressman Robert Wexler is hosting a private dinner for Abu Mazen with some 30 Jewish community leaders and former officials, among them Alan Solow of the Conference of Presidents, AIPAC’s Lee Rosenberg, ADL’s Abe Foxman, former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger and former NSC Middle East official Elliott […]

I’m Waiting for His Defenders

From the BBC: A US military analyst, Bradley Manning, has been arrested on suspicion of leaking classified combat video and documents to a whistle-blower website. Specialist (Spc) Manning, 22, from Potomac, Maryland, is being held pending further investigations. Hopefully Specialist Manning will have as many vocal defenders as Anat Kam who will decry the muzzling […]

Search and Seizure in International Waters

Just a little info from the web site of the United States Coast Guard. The specific statutory authority for the Coast Guard Law Enforcement mission is given in 14 USC 2, “The Coast Guard shall enforce or assist in the enforcement of all applicable laws on, under and over the high seas and waters subject […]

He Must Be Doing Something Right-More Rabbah

Sometimes you can tell the correctness of someone’s actions by their critic’s statements. Here is a good one. (hat tip) Their principal objection is based on tznius, modesty, in the understanding of Rabbi Avi Shafran, Agudah’s director of public policy. … “Tznius isn’t a mode of dress. It includes the idea that women are demeaned […]

It Sounds Better All the Time

After reading this depressing article, what this article describes keeps sounding better and better, although employment-wise it seems to be like jumping from one pot of ice water to another.

New Book: Contemporary American Judaism

While looking for something else, I stumbled across an interview with Dana Kaplan, author of Contemporary American Judaism: Transformation and Renewal. His summary of the book. I argue that American Jews, like other Americans, have become much more interested in personal spirituality, and this has transformed American Judaism. Until the end of World War II, […]

Summer Reading on Iran

For those who are interested in some summer reading on modern Iran, Patrick Clawson has a list here.

Cyrus and Masada

In his short and very interesting book, History: Remembered, Recovered, Invented, the historian Bernard Lewis made an interesting comparison between the development of the historical memories of Masada for the Jews and Cyrus for the Persians. Cyrus has been dead for two and a half millenia and was forgotten by his own people though remembered […]

The Madoff Debacle and the Jewish Community

The Jerusalem Post has an article about the extent of the Madoff debacle and its potential fallout for the Jewish community. A partial review by The Jerusalem Post Monday revealed at least $600 million in Jewish charitable funds were wiped out by the collapse of a Wall Street investment firm, with perhaps another $1.5 billion […]

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