Archive for February 2013

The War On Purim

The War On Purim
  One more Purim item. On The Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart reported on a poor costume decision made by one Jewish politician and followed up with a blockbuster story about the latest attack on religion in America.   First, NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind tries to apologize for his racist Purim costume …... Read more »

Mark Kirk Shows He's Not A Moderate

Mark Kirk Shows He's Not A Moderate
  On Tuesday afternoon, as Chicago was being buried under a blanket of cold, wet snow, Mark Kirk gave the cold shoulder to the idea of cooperation and bipartisanship in the United States Senate. Joining such “moderates” as Rand Paul, Ted Cruz and James Inhofe, Kirk voted to continue the GOP’s obstructionist agenda by supporting... Read more »

The Book Of Purim (A Parody)

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Yesterday I posted about Purim and although I included a summary of the story, I neglected to mention that one of the fun traditions of the holiday is to do parodies.  Sometimes it’s fake news stories like you might find in The Onion.  But mostly it’s Purim Shpiels … overlaying the Purim story on some... Read more »
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Food Fight: Latkes vs. Hamentashen

Food Fight: Latkes vs. Hamentashen
The Jewish holiday of Purim starts Saturday at sundown.  It is a joyous holiday, one of the many times that G-d saved the Jewish people from annihilation.  And it falls in the middle of the month of Adar, considered the most joyous month in the Jewish calendar. In case you don’t know it, here’s a... Read more »

National Brotherhood Week: Gone and Forgotten

National Brotherhood Week: Gone and Forgotten
Do you know that it’s National Brotherhood Week?  Well, it used to be National Brotherhood Week.  In 1934, the National Conference for Christians and Jews NCCJ) came up with the idea of celebrating National Brotherhood Week during the third week of February. But it only lasted through the 1980s.  Looking back on the political climate... Read more »

Women Arrested For Praying In Jerusalem

Women Arrested For Praying In Jerusalem
Monday was the first day of the Jewish month of Adar.  So, as they’ve done on every Rosh Chodesh (first day of the new month) for more than two decades, members of Women Of The Wall gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, wrapped in their tallitot (prayer shawls), for a special prayer service.  And, as has... Read more »
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