The Jewish/Israel Blog Awards
I like the way my brother-in-law, Elie, put this so much, that I’m simply copying and pasting what he said:
The annual Jewish/Israeli Blog (“JIB”) awards are now being held, sponsored by the Jerusalem Post and the Israellycool blog. Though I’m kind of uncomfortable with self-promotion, I guess it’s de rigueur for me to announce that this blog has been nominated in four categories — which, in our case, are:
… and the fourth is Best Group Blog, but that category is small enough that there is no first round of voting.
In our case, it isn’t really self-promotion, of course — although I’ve been posting very actively in the absence of some other contributors, we do remain a group effort (and hope to expand the roster shortly). And our goal, to provide a positive voice on Torah issues, is one which we hope many readers support (even those who disagree with many of our views).
I have no idea whether we will win — but even being nominated has been good for PR, so if you care to help our efforts we appreciate your support.
Personally, I’ll also suggest that you read my brother-in-law’s work — he’s been nominated for:
- Best Series, for “Aaron’s Story“
- Best Post, for “And Who An Untimely End“
- Best Personal Blog
- Best New Blog
Few have a more poignant cause for personal blogging than Eli, and, if you can manage to even read it, there are few more poignant stories than Aaron’s petirah. May his Neshama have an aliyah. I don’t think many of us knew how good a writer Eli is, until now.
Dear Rabbi Menken
I am a cynical letz by nature.
I used to work in the TV industry. Four times a year Nielsen carried out very detailed and
thorough analysis of the TV audience both national and local. In those sweep months, the
networks pulled out all the stops to draw viewers to their programming. Only new shows and
specials and hyped miniseries were aired.
In the past, I have found Cross-Currents to be relatively non-controversial by blog standards,
even Orthodox ones. Then this week Jpost.Com starts running a contest to see which is the best
Jewish Religion blog. (BTW I voted for Cross-Cuurents) and all of a sudden all “bleep” breaks
loose with the FFB vs BT discussion.
You’re on to us. Rabbi Adlerstein and I crafted this weeks in advance. B”H the Jack Abramoff story gave us the necessary pretense, scant as it was, to get the fur to fly.
P.S. Tookie was a more robust debate, and I think the Intelligent Design stuff got more attention. I assure you that the opinions you see here are real. The participants are not actors.
For extra credit, to which TV show did I just allude?
Dear Rabbi Menken
I will never admit to having a TV at home or watching it. After all, it is TVless Teves. At NBC where I worked, the person in charge of Saturday Morning Kiddy Shows was a religious Jew. He never watched the shows that he
was responsile for on TV.