Monthly Archives: May 2009

Poem: Sailor at Nostrand and Bedford

Sailor at Nostrand and Bedford I. If you think that what I want is to touch that sailor, to pull his liquid body from those polyester pants, you’d be wrong.  Look at him, all amble and shucks, his bright white … Read More

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What It Means to Be a Jewish Superhero

Tonight at 92YTribeca, I’m looking forward to hosting a Comic Book Shabbat dinner with Arie Kaplan. Arie is well-known writer and author within the comic book industry, and his fascinating book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books traces … Read More

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Love, Hate, and the Jewish State

How do you feel about Israel? It seems like a pretty simple question, but any diaspora Jew can tell you that their thoughts on Israel are layered, complex, and emotionally charged. Makom and the New Israel Fund are organizing an … Read More

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Jewcy Zeitgeist: Obama Speaks Again, Pelosi Stands By Her Words, and ‘Idol’ Dips

Here are today’s top stories in no particular order: Vice President Joe Biden is visiting Lebanon as the nation gears up for Parliamentary elections. President Obama has offered his third commencement address as commander-in-chief, his first at a service academy, at the Naval … Read More

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My Trip to the White House

  I rarely have religious experiences. But yesterday I attended a truly remarkable strategy meeting including a briefing and discussion at the White House. The program was co-facilitated by Jumpstart and JStreet (check em out) and attended by a couple … Read More

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Non-observant Jews Demand More Rights at Religious Weddings

The NAAJP (National Association for the Advancement of Jewish People) announced a classs action lawsuit against several orthodox wedding halls around the New York area today, citing that the segregation of secular relatives and guests at ultra orthodox weddings at … Read More

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Ahmadinejad: Even Tyrants Need “Hope”

Even Iran, a nation led by one of the most virulently anti-Semitic regimes in the world, can’t help but use an extremely successful campaign strategy, most likely designed by an American Jewish campaign manager (David Axelrod). Irony of irony? You … Read More

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A Personal Response to the Riverdale Terror Plot

Waking up to the news that the FBI foiled a plot to bomb two synagogues in Riverdale, New York was shocking not only to the local Jewish community but to all New Yorkers…and to our nation at large. The would-be … Read More

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