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We've Got Your Back, Mr. President

Hillary Clinton just said that despite Bibi Netanyahu’s diplomatic defense of “natural” settlement growth, NO EXPANSION will be tolerated by the Obama Administration. Holy moley, it’s music to my ears. I’ve read the article ten times over. The Administration needs…

To Your Health…?

According to WHO, Israel apparently ranks amongst the healthiest of nations. This appears to be based on the life expectancy of 81, low rankings of infectious diseases, low newborn mortality rate, comparatively low numbers of people dying of cardiovascular disease…

Torah in Toronto

I just got back from Toronto where I spent two days at a small and exciting conference reading Moslem and Jewish medieval legal texts with a wonderful group of scholars. One of the highlights of this annual pilgrimage to the…

Identity Politics and SCOTUS

News outlets have been buzzing about Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court as the first Hispanic nominee to this position. But who counts as Hispanic? Turns out, this question is just as tricky as who counts as a Jew, and…

Brian Walt Defends the Corries

Wonderful news: Rabbi Brian Walt is now officially a blogger.  Rabbi Walt, who will soon be stepping down from his post as Executive Director of Rabbis for Human Rights – North America, opens his brand-new blog with a sharp rebuttal…

Memorial Day

Staff Sgt. William D. Vile, 27, of Philadelphia, Pa. died of wounds suffered when insurgents attacked his unit using direct fire May 1 near the village of Nishagam, in Konar Province, Afghanistan. Spc. Shawn D. Sykes, 28, of Portsmouth, Va.,…