Category Archives: Jewish Stuff

The Unmentioned Factor in Cantor’s Loss

Admittedly, there are probably stronerg forces at play in Eric Cantor’s stunning loss to David Brat, including losing touch with his constituents and general rightwing frustration with Congress, but I find it remarkable that this has not been remarked upon … Continue reading

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What Is the Point?

Saw this at the supermarket today: It’s water and flour. It tastes worse than the container it comes in. Seems like a lot of extra effort for the same ‘wonderful’ taste.

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Bring the Booth to You in Boston

I’m referring to Sukkot, called in English the Feast of Booths. Jews are commanded to have meals in a hut known as a sukkah (this is a holdover from our more agrarian days). Apparently, Boston has a Sukkah-mobile: (observed at … Continue reading

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More From the Highly Successful Republican Jewish Outreach Program

The Virginia edition (boldface mine): People brought yellow lawn chairs with the motto “Don’t tread on me,” and at least one tricorner hat was visible in the crowd. John Whitbeck, 10th Congressional District Republican Committee chairman, raised eyebrows when he … Continue reading

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Some Yom Kippur Thoughts

I’ve always thought this is what the holiday is all about. Though this wouldn’t be too bad either. G’mar chatimah tovah.</i?

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Gay Rights and Russia and Using the Wrong Metaphor: It’s Called a Pogrom

Recently, Obama criticized Russia’s anti-gay policies–and was right in doing so. But Obama, and others too, have drawn comparisons to the beginning of the eliminationist policies of Nazi Germany. Personally, I think that’s the wrong comparison. Comparisons to Hitler will … Continue reading

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An Abomination Unto the Lord

With all of the hard times traditional Jewish delicatessens are facing, it’s good to read this about Katz’s in New York City: The pickle barrels no longer line Ludlow Street (they now occupy a storage room inside Katz’s). The corned … Continue reading

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I Didn’t Think Even Michele Bachmann Could Be This Stupid

You really don’t want to mix Yom Kippur and politics. For those who don’t know, Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement and the holiest* day of the year for Jews. It is a time for repentance and forgiveness. It … Continue reading

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A Yom Kippur Meditation

I realize a fair number of my readers aren’t religious, but I think the sentiment behind the following, read in every synagogue today, is pretty universal: To be sure, they seek Me daily, Eager to learn My ways. Like a … Continue reading

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Gut Yontif and a Happy New Year!

To all those celebrating, may you be inscribed in the Book of Life.

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