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Saturday, November 15, 2003
EphShap has a number of interesting posts up. First, he gets pissed at Jews e-mailing a boycott against an Eid-celebrating stamp; a wholly appropriate response.
This is the schedule of tomorrow's Maimonides Conference, though there isn't much detail:
Symposium "Moses Maimonides: Communal Impact & Historic Legacy"; Student Union, 4th flr. 1:15pm-5:30 pm ($5 advance registration requested - call 718-997-5730 to arrange payment).By the way, in case any readers in Philly are paying attention, there's an international conference on the 100th anniversary of the Jastrow Dictionary of the Talmud tomorrow at UPenn -- I'll be doing a story on the anniversary, but not attending the conference.
Directions to Queens College. Looks like it takes about 1.5 hours from the Heights by subway...are any readers planning on going? posted by Steven I. Weiss | 11:46 PM |
PARIS, Nov. 15 — A Jewish school in a northern Paris suburb was burned early Saturday in the first attack on a Jewish institution in France in about a year.posted by Pinchas | 9:03 PM |
Israel is heading for a "catastrophe" unless government policy switches course to reach a peace deal with the Palestinians, four former heads of the Shin Bet security service said on Friday.Check out the NY Times version of the same recap from Yediot's front page on Friday. posted by Pinchas | 9:01 PM |
Friday, November 14, 2003
In the new Jewsweek, the most hilarious assertion regarding anti-Israel media I've ever seen: they're going to Hell.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 2:52 PM |
I've been seeing commercials for the Sharon Osbourne Show that advertise an upcoming appearance by "Jamie Lynn Discala," whom I recall being "Jamie Lynn Sigler." Any Us readers care to cure my confusion?posted by Steven I. Weiss | 12:00 PM |
Drudge is nearly a week behind Elder I.'s post regarding Korn's 'resignation' from the ADLposted by Pinchas | 10:38 AM |
Thursday, November 13, 2003
A friend just told me about the Arab-American Comedy Festival, which I think I'll try to cover. Any bets I'll have an easier time getting in there than at OU?posted by Steven I. Weiss | 7:37 PM |
Joe Schick is now featuring a Jewish Press Stupid Column of the Week. No word yet on whether he'll be paying royalties to Elder Avraham.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 6:37 PM |
Just when you were wondering what other Cold War-era intelligence service the ADL could imitate (having done a dead-on impression of the Kremlin over Eugene Korn's "resignation") they decide to shoot for the FBI tactic, circa Vietnam, of recruiting domestic spies, attempting to lure a Philadelphia reporter into their web of deceit.
What to say about the Forward 50? It seems to have forgotten that the Elders run the Jewish conspiracy and therefore belong atop the likes of Paul Wolfowitz and Eric Yoffie.
Apologies for the non-blogging owing to my disease of laptopus droptoomuchus. Anyway, this latest top-ten list at Bangitout really is just too funny, "Gabbai Pick-Up Lines."
Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Well, the unthinkable has happened. The "other" Avraham Bronstein that lives in New York, NY wrote another letter to the Jewish Press. While the first letter he wrote was about some Holocaust rememberence dinner, this one was about something I'd actually have an opinion on. Check this out:
I agree with reader Zev Schiffman`s comment about Agudah`s unfortunate downplaying of the danger of "interdenominationalism." There can be no question that it is a growing menace to the fundamental homogeneity of the Jewish people and will no doubt lead to its further dismemberment.This puts me in the horrific position of having to name a letter with my own name on the signature line that deals with an issue I have an definite opinion about the Stupid Letter of The Week. I mean, what's this guy thinking? The Reform and Conservative and Unaffiliated ranks are being decimated by lack of education, assimilation, and intermarriage. Orthodoxy, which makes up, what, 10% of the Jewish population, tends to be the group that provides better systematic education and does a better job battling assimilation and intermarriage and generally doing all the things that put it in a great position to reach out to the other 90%. So, Orthodoxy can either reach out to the rest of the Jewish People and help make sure that they stay Jewish, or it can retreat into itself and let the 90% slip away. Which leads more to "further dismemberment"? The only thing I can think of is that my frummer-than-me alter-ego doesn't think that the other 90% is really Jewish to begin with and that the only thing to consider is protecting his own crowd (ie, the "real" Jews). I don't buy that at all. And yet my name is on the letter. I may never live this down. I'd consider writing the editor, but I tried that last time. I wasn't thrilled with the results. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 8:30 PM |
In the department of "anything the Egyptians and Blacks do, we can do sillier":
In a turn of events the 30-year-old characterized as 'horrifying,' Kevin Widmar announced Tuesday that his mother Lillian has discovered his weblog.Does this resonate or what? posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 12:53 PM |
I didn't get a chance to see it, but I am sure he looked silly. Did anyone catch this last night?
Kerry Rides Harley Onto 'Tonight Show'posted by Pinchas | 9:50 AM |
8:52 AM |
Another Evolution v. Creationism controversystarts in Texas::
Answers in Genesis works to equip Christians to challenge evolution at its base and to defend the truth against presuppositions, assumptions, and wrong interpretations made by the unbelieving scientific community. 'When properly understood,' Ham says, 'the 'evidence' confirms the biblical account.'That, of course, assumes he understands what the Biblical account actually means, or was supposed to have meant back then, or anything. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 8:51 AM |
Well, after a short excursion into the world of relationships, Yuter's back with a somewhat involved post on ascetecism and the Rabbis.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 8:46 AM |
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
From The CBN: The Matrix Revolutions: Back to a Messianic Allegory:
The movie’s Christian allegory and strong moral values ultimately overcome blatant false theology, humanism, lots of strong violence, and purposeless profanity.Choice lines from the review:
Regrettably, Neo is a deeply flawed messianic figure who is not only not divine but who also has deeply sinful traits as seen in the previous movies, unlike the true Messiah Jesus Christ.Good stuff. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 7:42 PM |
So, I went to the Orthodox Union’s Institute of Public Affairs Annual Dinner last night (see Elder I.’s Post and my comments below) and got to hear Senator Rick Santorum speak to the crowd of mostly Orthodox Jews. I listened to every word of the young and well-spoken Senator’s speech hoping to learn more of the Orthodox Jewry - Radical Right alliance.
1. The New York Times’ lack of religion would lead / led it to endorse both Communism and Fascism.There was one thing at the dinner that made me exceptionally angry. The promotional video shown in between jeremiads featured a picture montage of IPA staff and interns with various political personalities. Senator Trent Lott featured prominently in the video appearing more than once.
I thought then and still wonder how quickly history is forgotten. In the 1950s and ‘60s Orthodox Jews marched through America together with blacks demanding civil rights and equality. Orthodox Jews were arrested alongside Martin Luther King Jr. and his followers. Those Orthodox Jews were marching for freedom and against people like Trent Lott. Now our Orthodox institutions glorify him and ourselves for being associated with him and his ideology. How quickly we forget. posted by Pinchas | 6:04 PM |
Ali Alhamad said his children, along with 10-20 others, were kicked off their bus because they were Muslim. He said many of the children were wearing Muslim religious attire.Heartwarming. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 3:08 PM |
The Society of Biblical Literature is worried about the lack of tenure being given by universities which could lead to a lack of quality scholarship being produced. Since the situation is (obviously) even worse for Early Judaism/Talmud Stuff, this doesn't bode that well for my future as a wage earner.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 12:28 PM |
I just dropped my laptop again, and have 50 minutes left on the battery. I'm gonna take it in for repairs which, by past experience, takes a few weeks. In the interim, I'm considering borrowing, purchasing to return, renting, and possibly purchasing long-term if someone knows of a steal. If you have ideas, IM me if I'm still online, or call 917-529-0959. Thanks!posted by Steven I. Weiss | 12:13 PM |
NotePad is a cute J-blog, consisting mostly of a choice quote per day.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:58 AM |
I showed up at the OU's dinner last night, after having called ahead to reserve a spot as a Voice reporter. I introduced myself and was about to walk in when a flack, Stephen Shneider, decided to play some games with me. Out of the blue, he asked, "Do you have credentials with you?" No one takes an NYPD credential to a run-of-the-mill event like this one; the only place where I've ever been asked for credentials was to get past police lines. As it happened, I also didn't have my Voice ID with me, since I turned it in to get renewed yesterday. I told him that I'm a contributing editor to Jewsweek, write for the Forward, Voice and New York Magazine, and I've attended hundreds of events as press and never been asked for credentials. I show him some faxes I sent out that day on Jewsweek letterhead -- will that be enough?
Received an e-mail pointer to this '60s-era paper noting faults in the Jastrow.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 9:52 AM |
The BBC denied that the appointment amounted to an admission that it had "got its coverage wrong" but conceded the corporation was sensitive to criticism. He said it was "no longer the case" that the Israelis were refusing to co-operate with BBC journalists.I guess Sharon just forgot to make that announcement?
So, if anyone wants to dig into Balen's reporting, we'll definitely post/link your findings. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 9:40 AM |
Monday, November 10, 2003
Whoah. Who would have thought the Haredim would have taken the time out to write an anti-smoking polemic?
The first Afghan woman in three decades to take part in a beauty pageant is facing anger at home after winning.I really wonder how much anyone from the West really understands how things work anywhere else. After all the talk about liberating the women of Afghanistan, etc, we may have to consider that our notions of autonomy and equality will probably never flourish there simply because thats not how they see the world. Kind of makes you just take a step back and think... posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 7:48 PM |
While all of the Elders failed to blog about Kristallnacht, non-Jew Jeff Jarvis didn't. This probably says something about how Kristallnacht was a phenomenon really relevant to German Jews more than others; and, apparently, more relevant to present-day Germans than to present-day non-German-descending Jews.
BTW: There's a major Maimonides conference this Sunday at Queens College. I might post the schedule later, but if someone would be so kind as to do so in the comments, it'd be much appreciated.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 5:12 PM |
You heard it here first. Dr. Eugene Korn and the ADL have arrived at splitsville. More to come.
I got a really nice email asking me to publicize, so I will:
7 p.m. -- Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum delivers address on ``The War of the Jihadists Against the West'' at an Orthodox Union dinner honoring Lionel Kaplan, head of the American-Israel Public Affairs CommitteeIt's always great to know that the OU has its priorities straight. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 1:24 PM |
While the Remedia baby formula story isn't cause for humor, it really was kinda funny to see the anchor on NY1 today taking 20 seconds to give out the customer service number in Israel.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 11:59 AM |
Yet another reason to keep kosher:
Suspected Ebola outbreak kills nine in CongoSmart kid.
posted by Pinchas | 10:39 AM |
Sunday, November 09, 2003
A friend of mine referred me to this new site, Religious Forum. It's...interesting.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 11:37 PM |
11:30 a.m. -- The Council on American Islamic Relations announces a Ramadan food driveThis seemed interesting; kinda like giving away food before Pesach or somesuch. A bit late, though. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 9:18 PM |
Yeah, so I know, I've been delinquent for the last month or so. But this school stuff is hard, I tell you. No time to read and post - it's one or the other.
Jewsweek presents Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz unplugged:
Rabbi Steinsaltz believes Talmud study is the key to Jewish continuity. 'A Jewish society that ceases to study the Talmud has no real hope of survival,' Rabbi Steinsaltz says.Great interview. Read the whole thing. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 6:30 PM |
I just noticed this over shabbas...check out the print version of the latest Observer for the headline "Richard M. Joel Investited as President of Yeshiva University." I chuckled.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 12:54 PM |
A non-dairy soya-based infant formula, Remedia, has apparently hospitalized 10 children in Israel and could harm thousands more.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 12:24 PM |
I don't think I ever supplied the link to The Leper, YU's own parodypaper, so here it is. Funny stuff.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 12:21 PM |