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- Miriam Shaviv
Sep 5, 2008
Barack Obama’s pastor, Jeremiah Wright, proved a huge problem for the Democratic presidential nominee – particularly (but by no means exclusively) amongst Jews. Now, Ben Smith of Politico puts the spotlight on Sarah Palin’s church – which, just a couple of weeks ago hosted David Brickner, the executive director of Jews for Jesus:
Palin’s pastor, Larry Kroon, introduced Brickner on Aug. 17, according to a transcript of the sermon on the church’s website.
“He’s a leader of Jews for Jesus, a ministry that is out on the leading edge in a pressing, demanding area of witnessing and evangelism,” Kroon said.
- Miriam Shaviv
Sep 5, 2008
"This is a hugely important discovery," expedition organiser Dmitry Vasilyev told AFP... "We can now shed light on one of the most intriguing mysteries of that period -- how theactually lived. We know very little about the Khazars -- about their traditions, their funerary rites, their culture," he said.
At its height, the Khazar state and its tributaries controlled much of what is now southern Russia, western Azerbaijan and large parts of region., eastern Ukraine,
- Danny Caro
Sep 4, 2008
The future of junior Jewish football has been in doubt for some time now. With the leagues in London, AJY and Maccabi Primary League, and Manchester struggling for numbers it appears that youngsters have fallen out of love with the game.
In my day, kids couldn’t get enough of football. I remember playing in Hendon Park until 10pm when our floodlights were the lamp-posts. It didn’t stop us from diving, shooting and yelling in a John Motson voice.
It’s hardly surprising that numbers are falling. That said, figures of those playing five-a-side have never been better. With PSP’s Wii’s and the pressures of modern day society, it appears that players of all ages are finding ‘better things to do with their time’.
- Danny Caro
Sep 4, 2008
Credit crunch. What credit crunch? While some people are scraping for pennies, two Premiership football club splashed more than £60 million on two players.
Four years ago, Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, chairman of the rabbinic court in Bnei Brak, asked righteous women to kindly leave shul before the service was over, for reasons of ‘modesty’ – ie so that they should not mingle with the men.
But what if the women didn’t want to leave early? A shul in Tzfat has come up with a rather ingenious solution:
New guidelines imposed at the Breslover Shul in Tzfas determine women must leave after Shabbos morning Davening before Aleinu, or they are locked inside the women's gallery until men make their exit. According to the new rule, after Aleinu the women's gallery is locked for 15 minutes, during which the men make their exit. The women's gallery is then reopened to allow those who didn't make it out in time to leave.
So Lauren Booth – journalist and, rather more famously, sister of Cherie Blair – is stuck in Gaza after being turned away from the Israeli and Egyptian crossings.
She arrived in the Palestinian territory last week on a boat with 45 other activists, aiming to defy Israel’s blockade of the Strip – and to show solidarity with the Palestinians.
Now she is complaining that she can’t leave.
So who is the most ‘Jewish’ presidential candidate in America? Now that Joe Lieberman has missed out on being named Republican running mate, the slot is wide-open.
Michelle Obama, wife of the Democratic presidential nominee, and Rabbi Capers Funnye, spiritual leader of a mostly black synagogue on Chicago’s South Side, are first cousins once removed. Funnye’s mother, Verdelle Robinson Funnye (born Verdelle Robinson) and Michelle Obama’s paternal grandfather, Frasier Robinson Jr., were brother and sister.
- Daniella Peled
Sep 1, 2008
So who won in the "Free Gaza" boat affair?
This band of activists was determined to sail to Gaza to break the siege with balloons and hearing aids – and they did. Israel wanted to avoid a media frenzy featuring scenes of nuns arrested by Israeli sailors and crying Palestinian children seeing their hearing aids consigned to the briny depths. They also succeeded.
But it is interesting to note just how seriously the Israelis, who tend to underplay such supposedly well-meaning, do-gooder efforts, took the whole Free Gaza saga. Hasbara bodies were briefing like crazy. Groups like Bicom were mobilised to inform foreign journalists just why this siege-busting attempt was not only illegal and dangerous but also equivalent to a denial of Israel’s right to exist.
- Candice Krieger
Aug 29, 2008
What has the British and Israel summer had in common this year? It certainly hasn't been the weather.
The answer in fact, could be lying at your feet.
Crocs. Yes, those hideously unflattering plastic clogs-cum-sandals-cum-flippers that have been stomping all over the streets.
- Craig Silver
Aug 28, 2008
It's amazing how some things in life can change so suddenly. In my last blog I expressed my excitement as I waited for the new football season to begin. But just one week ago my football career was ended forever.
I was playing a pre-season friendly, getting ready with my fellow team mates from Glenthorne United to compete in the great JC MSFL league which kicks off next Sunday (September 7).
I like to consider myself a rough and ready defensive midfielder always trying to win the ball at any cost and spread the play to the wingers. My idol is Roy Keane a player who took no prisoners in his days as the Manchester United captain.