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Who’s Listening, Indeed?

The JTA headline on the recent World Zionist Organization elections says “WZO Elections Send Pluralist Message – But Who’s Listening?” Perhaps the reason why no one is listening is because that isn’t really the...


Looking For Honesty In All The Wrong Places

Three current new items, with a bit of commentary. Item One: From a JPost editorial on 3/2/06: “As the government of Tajikistan was busy demolishing the only synagogue in Dushanbe, UNESCO, the international body...


Consultation of Virtual Rabbis on the Rise

United Press International reports that the “ultra-Orthodox” (just love that pejorative) are consulting virtual rabbis more than ever. It’s not just the Orthodox — our Ask the Rabbi system fielded thousands of inquiries last...


Thank You for Voting!

Thanks to everyone who voted in the Jewish & Israeli Blog Awards. With your help, we won Best Group Blog and Best Designed blog, and placed second to Gil in the Best Jewish Religion....


Cross-Currents on the Ropes

Like Hollywood, the blogosphere can be a place where no good deed goes unpunished. When I wrote my original piece about Jack Abramoff’s hat, I thought I was being generous to him by speculating...


Healing an Injured Phrase

From Rabbi Avi Shafran, Am Echad Resources “One of the 613 Mitzvot is ‘Tikkun Olam,’ to heal or repair the world,” declares the Social Action Committee of a Massachusetts temple. The assertion is characteristic...


Will an Apology be Forthcoming?

Only rarely does history provide an unambiguous answer to hotly debated issues of policy. Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939, for instance, was a complete rebuttal to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s boast at...

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