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Friday, October 17, 2003
One thing Jarvis mentioned on Wednesday was that his sister, a Presbyterian minister in Philly, is fighting a Presbyterian missionizing effort in her city. The Jewish Week has the story.
11 a.m. -- A federal judge hears oral arguments by attorneys for Amcha - The Coalition for Jewish Concerns and The American Jewish Committee regarding a lawsuit to stop the construction of a trench in the Belzec death camp in Poland; Courtroom 705, U.S. District Court, 40 Centre St.How on earth did they get the court to assume jurisdiction over a property dispute in Poland? posted by Steven I. Weiss | 2:59 PM |
Update to Elder Avraham's post on the Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's statements. Apparently, the Foreign Minister, Syed Hamid Albar struggled to control the damage done to his countries reputation after the remakrs were met with severe critism from the Western world.
"The intention is not to create controversy. His intention is to show that if you ponder and sit down to think, you can be very powerful... The only problem with the Jews is when the State of Israel was created... Please forget about anti-Semitism... The PM's message is to stop violence, which is not the answer for us to succeed in our struggle. People may not be very happy but this is the reality: the Jews are very powerful... How can we be anti-Jew?"He's right, I have no idea where everyone is getting that impression from. posted by Pinchas | 1:33 PM |
Killing Arafat, or Maybe Not
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told a leading newspaper that expelling Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat "would not be good for Israel...At least one country in this world has sound intelligence services.
Sharon added that Israel's position not to expel Arafat is not new. "Our calculations for years have been that expelling him would not be good for Israel."So that whole 'let's kill him, let's throw him out' episode was just for shock value, to rile up the righties, to position the current government as moderate, to refocus the world's attention on Arafat?
I encourage readers to jump to the complete CNN story because the Palestinian Authority response to Sharon's statement is classic PA spin. I specifically appreciate the part where he says that settlements, not exploding buses and cafes are the main impediments to 'peace.' posted by Pinchas | 1:08 PM |
Since everyone else is writing about their experiences at the Gizmodo party, I figure I'll contribute my part, from the Protocols perspective. The only Jew I met at the event was Beth Pinsker, but man, were the philo-Jews ever out in force.
This is ridiculous. The NYT has a story on the Easterbrook brouhaha in their "A" section. And then there's the lates Easterblogg post, an apology. Both of these upset me, the NYT story because it doesn't let anyone defend Easterbrook other than himself, and Peter Beinart hangs him out to dry. Easterbrook's apology is just stupid because he's apologizing not for what he said, but for possible inferences from what he said -- which is precisely when you know that his critics were being hypersensitive. Those hypersensitive critics, of course, graciously accept his apology.
Finally, I get a chance to peruse the Jewish Press Letters Section. There are a bunch of solid letters this week, including the return of Rachel Weiss, who decries those who want Tashlich to become a social event (presumably because in a pro-socializing context some strange woman might come to say "Gut Yom Tov" to her husband). Still her overall point is solid. Stupid Letter Of the Week honors go to Chavah bat-Avraham. First she defines Judaism as the opposite of tolerance, multiculturalism, and the Democratic party. Then she says:
I`ve been a Roman Catholic, an agnostic, and an Evangelical Protestant. I can tell you that there are vast numbers of people who would eagerly become Bnei Noach, and some who would convert to Judaism (yes, I mean Orthodox Judaism) if they knew what it was about and that it were possible. But then we would have to enlarge our tents and our little club would not be so exclusive.Thats right. We should abandon our fellow Jews who have liberal tendencies (like me?) and be focusing our attention on converting non-Jews to Noachism, which somehow means conservatism. Disturbing, no? posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 8:41 AM |
So what of the general leading the hunt for bin Laden?
Gen Boykin has repeatedly told Christian groups and prayer meetings that President George W Bush was chosen by God to lead the global fight against Satan.Wonderful. Christian Jihadists. Just what the Dr. ordered. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 8:25 AM |
Evan Coyne Maloney's full dispatch from the Rutgers conference is up. Will there be another one of his masterful documentaries? I hope so.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 1:29 AM |
POP star Prince is banging on people’s front doors — after becoming a Jehovah’s Witness.Yeah, I know. My mouth's agape too...
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Thursday, October 16, 2003
It's finally happened. Someone got here by searching for sex between the sheets hasidic jew.
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Mexijew.com will be going offline soon.(link) posted by Steven I. Weiss | 6:03 PM |
Naomi Chana finally gets around to her Unesaneh Toqef post. As usual, its well worth the wait and she footnotes protocols!posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 5:37 PM |
2 p.m. -- Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean tours the sukkah outside Lincoln Square Synagogue; 200 Amsterdam Ave., at 69th Street.UPDATE: Ms. Kessler had this on Tuesday:
Former Vermont governor Howard Dean is visiting a sukkah in the Empire State. The Democratic frontrunner will spend some time October 17 at the sukkah of Lincoln Square Synagogue, a modern Orthodox synagogue on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, mingling with Rabbi Adam Mintz and students. Afterward, he will repair to a room in the synagogue with a raft of Jewish communal leaders including Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham Foxman and Jewish Council for Public Affairs chief Hannah Rosenthal.One more reason to keep visiting Campaign Confidential! posted by Steven I. Weiss | 4:05 PM |
GOP turns to Israeli lobby for support
The powerful pro-Israel lobby, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, has a long tradition of partisan neutrality. So some eyebrows were raised on Capitol Hill last week when Roll Call published an article titled “GOP turns to Israeli lobby to boost Iraq support.”posted by Pinchas | 1:13 PM |
Steven Waldman handicaps the papal election at Slate. Our dark-horse candidate, Jean Marie Lustiger, comes off okay. Boy, if a Jew becomes pope...that'll reveal the whole "Elders of Zion" thing isn't a joke.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:58 AM |
10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. -- Jordan's Queen Noor speaks at the conclusion of the Seeds of Peace ``Breaking News, Making Headlines'' International Youth Conference; UA Theatre at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 102 N. End Ave., Battery Park.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:37 AM |
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday told a summit of Islamic leaders that "Jews rule the world by proxy" and the world's 1.3 billion Muslims should unite, using nonviolent means for a "final victory."...What is especially interesting to me about this is that Malaysia happens to be the country that produces the crayons that find their way to Dougies tables. You would think a country so concerned about Jewish hegemony would think twice about that, wouldn't you? posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:50 AM |
Addendum to my earlier post on Easterbrook vs. Harvey Weinstein and Michael Eisner. I find, via Instapundit, some other prominent bloggers chiming in. My reading of Easterbrook relied upon a careful and close reading of precisely what the man wrote; as a yeshiva-educated Jew and a blogger I'm at least twice-trained to do. It's weird to see other respectable bloggers, some of whom are Jewish, pounce on Easterbrook with all the vitriol and lack of coherence usually reserved for that kid who just found a new sect to adhere to. What's weirder, I think, is the near-uniform disagreement with the final point of my post, "It's okay to accept rebuke from a non-Jew about moral issues particularly relevant to us as Jews." Disagreement with this seems to permeate most of the posts I'll be disagreeing with here. I'm surprised that there isn't universal agreement about this, since thinking otherwise is quite bigoted.
First you slam the Jews for worshipping money above all. Then you say that they should know better than to produce films where whole families are slaughtered, because whole families were exterminated by the Nazis, thereby drawing a parallel between, gee, fact and fiction.Key problem: Easterbrook doesn't address "the Jews," he addresses two Jews. Yourish goes further:
That is one unbelievable ethical standard to hold Jews up to. That's right, the Jews have to be the most righteous among all nations, because six million of ours were slaughtered.He's not asking for Jews to be the most righteous, he's reminding two Jews that they're glorifying senseless violence.
Which segues well to Roger Simon's argument that -- rather oddly -- relies on an artistic argument.
But clearly much of the world thinks a lot of Tarantino's work. He has won Academy Awards, the Cannes Palme d'Or, British BAFTA Awards and Japanese Film Awards, among others. His films are not just commercial successes, although they are clearly that.Whether artistic merit can be separated from moral merit is a discussion for some other time, but clearly Easterbrook is not swayed by Tarantino's supposed artisanship, and is concerned only with what he sees as the glorification of violence that he thinks will harm our society. This is a red herring, and Roger's got a couple more to add on, such as
As the Academy Award-nominated screenwriter of a movie about the Holocaust, Mr. Easterbrook, I think I have earned the right to say this: You're an asshole.Huh? That doesn't earn him any more right than I or anyone else has.
Roger points to some other people that are angry at Easterbrook:
Michael Totten, who isn't even sure he thinks it's anti-Semitic, though he emphasizes Easterbrooks' statement regarding the "worship [of] money" by "Jewish executives" Weinstein and Eisner. Yourish emphasized this, too. Thing is, the point agrees with Easterbrook's general moralizing position. Do Yourish and Totten actually disagree that Eisner and Weinstein care a lot about money and very little about keeping violence out of films?
Adam Sullivan is generally incoherent, and mentions:
Somehow the holocaust has been turned into an event in history that careless minds find as instructive for Jews when discussing Jewish morality.Is there any reason why someone can't?
Eric Dreamer basically channels Yourish.
I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised after their recent turn toward idiotarianism with Jonathan Chait’s article glorifying Bush hatred; but this is another huge step in a very wrong direction.So I guess I shouldn't be surprised to see equation of anti-Semitism with Bush-hatred in LGF in the future.
Of course, in the light of Mobius' idiocy, these previous comments are relative genius. Proving once again that he is too stupid to engage in public discourse, he asks me to meet him in the schoolyard to have my ass ceremoniously whupped. Of course, there are other stupid people in this world who read what he writes and think there's something to it, so I'll respond.
First, he thinks that because "neocon" has been used as a slur against Jews, and he only realized this fact later than the rest of us, his previous defense of blatant anti-Semitism should be reconsidered. What Mobius is too thick-headed to realize is that James Moran and Tam Dalyell didn't use the term "neocon," they spoke rather explicitly about "Jews" in a way that was clearly anti-Semitic.
Again proving he barely knows how to read, Mobius contrasts his prior comment:
because these people are anything but religious, a) who gives a fuck, and b) why is their cultural heritage relevant? if they were doing business under the auspices of promoting judaism or just being jewish, it would count. but because it's likely these men barely identify with being jewish, why (sic) does their jewishness have to do with anything?Answer: because Easterbrook is referencing the Holocaust, you idiot, and that's relevant to all Jews whether or not they want it to be, just as it was when it took place. I related to this in my prior post, which Mobius quoted but is apparently having trouble understanding:
The interesting thing is that his moral argument doesn't simply appeal to a traditional Jewish moral sensibility based on, say, Bible and rabbinic texts, it appeals to Jews as victims of senseless violence -- who therefore should reject glorification of senseless violence.Man, what an idiot. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 12:57 AM |
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
This might be the most interesting Jewish scandal in a long time:
11 a.m. to Noon -- The National Federation of Blind in Judaism holds press conference to discuss charges of discrimination against the Jewish Braille Institute of America; Midtown Holiday Inn Hotel, Renaissance A Room, 440 West 57th St., between Ninth and Tenth avenues.UPDATE: NYT. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 4:11 PM |
(CBS) The person responsible for analyzing the Iraqi weapons threat for Colin Powell says the Secretary of State misinformed Americans during his speech at the U.N. last winter.When Colin Powel took the US case for war in Iraq to the UN, I ceased my months of nay saying. I argued that if this real American hero, who for months was the lone administration holdout, was using his credibility to make the case to the world that there was likely some validity to the assertions of the Bush White House.
“…I think my conclusion [about Powell’s speech] now is that it’s probably one of the low points in his long distinguished service to the nation,” says Thielmann.Where I have thought poorly of the Bush administration for some time, I always held General Powel in the highest regard. If the claims made by his former intelligence aid are true, I am truly, unpartisanly disappointed.
“…The main problem was that the senior administration officials have what I call faith-based intelligence,” says Thielmann. “They knew what they wanted the intelligence to show. They were really blind and deaf to any kind of countervailing information the intelligence community would produce. I would assign some blame to the intelligence community and most of the blame to the senior administration officials.”I suppose this administration which promised to “restore honor and dignity to the White House,” while always being “honest with the American people,” even managed to corrupt one of the most honorable men of our generation. It makes me sad. posted by Pinchas | 3:01 PM |
4 News Organizations Told to Identify Officials Interviewed in Wen Ho Lee ReportsGuess they should have been using my lawyers... Prediction: Judge Jackson's ruling will be overturned. posted by Pinchas | 11:13 AM |
JERUSALEM - U.S. citizens were ordered to leave the Gaza Strip following a deadly attack on a convoy of U.S. diplomats...
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Tuesday, October 14, 2003
TOM HARPUR rants and raves about American apocalyptism (if it isn't a word, it should be).
What scares one most about all the ignorant but lucrative nonsense being spouted about Revelation just now is that a recent Time Magazine/CNN poll found that 59 per cent of Americans actually believe the "end-of-the-world prophecies" in the Book of Revelation will come true. About 25 per cent believe the attacks of Sept.11, 2001, were predicted in the Bible. About 17 per cent believe the world will "end" in their lifetime.His solution, explained over the rest of the article is to "disprove" and discredit the book of Revelation. I dunno. I mean, Jews have apocalyptic strains as well, but nobody's out to burn the book of Zecharya, Habbakuk, or Daniel. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 8:25 PM |
Kudos to Rabbi Yuter II for being online when I read this Dr. Laura article on forgiveness. She seemed, at least at first glance, to be anti the whole concept. Forgiveness has been on my mind recently as I've been reading Healing into Life and Death for Kavvanah (more thoughts on that later). Yuter and I engaged in a lengthy AIM discussion about it, which he was kind enough to summarize on his blog. Basically, I was coming at forgiveness as a way for the injured party to come to terms with the injury and move on, while yuter was coming at it from the perspective of the injuring party asking/demanding forgiveness before the injured party is ready to grant it. Somehow, though, we ended up in the same place.posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 8:15 PM |
This is almost over, but maybe someone knows someone who went and we can get a first-hand report:
Noon to 2 p.m. -- PETA's animal rights touring exhibit, ``Holocaust On Your Plate,'' showing photographs of slaughterhouse scenes side by side with Nazi death camp scenes; Duffy Square on Broadway, between 46th and 47th streets.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 1:40 PM |
LG's new G5300 cellphone has a feature aimed specifically for the Middle Eastern market: a compass that can automatically point the user towards Mecca when it's time for prayer. They eventually plan to expand sales of the phones to countries like Indonesia and Malaysia which also have large Moslem populations.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 1:05 PM |
Pat Robertson clarifies his previous statements. When he said:
If I could just get a nuclear device inside Foggy Bottom, I think that's the answerHe really meant:
We’re not going to nuke it, we’re going to gut itPhew, we were worried there for a second. Conventional arms only, I guess. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 1:00 PM |
A lot of people have been sending me the link to Easterbrook's hit job on Hollywood, which takes the time to mention our co-religionists in the movie business:
Set aside what it says about Hollywood that today even Disney thinks what the public needs is ever-more-graphic depictions of killing the innocent as cool amusement. Disney's CEO, Michael Eisner, is Jewish; the chief of Miramax, Harvey Weinstein, is Jewish. Yes, there are plenty of Christian and other Hollywood executives who worship money above all else, promoting for profit the adulation of violence. Does that make it right for Jewish executives to worship money above all else, by promoting for profit the adulation of violence? Recent European history alone ought to cause Jewish executives to experience second thoughts about glorifying the killing of the helpless as a fun lifestyle choice.Oddly enough, Mobius is all atwitter. For those of you who don't recall, be sure to check out Mobius' previous idiocy on anti-Semitism here, here and nearly everywhere (follow the other anti-semitism links on the right for more). But, of course, Mobius being unable to think for himself, he lets Atrios speak for him:
Collective responsibility is just the flip side of collective blame. Both poisonous. Both bigoted.Where to begin? Probably with Atrios' defense of Moran -- something I addressed in the posts linked above. Then there's Atrios' characterization of Easterbrook's post, which is a blatant mischaracterization. Easterbrook is not talking about Jews as a group, so "collective responsibility" doesn't come into play, and the rest of Atrios' comments are only hyperbole heaped upon the initial incorrect assumption.
What Easterbrook is getting at here is what he perceives as a serious moral vacuum on the part of Hollywood types, but especially the perceived hypocrisy of Disney exemplifying that immoral stance. And so he appeals to what he thinks should be the moral sensibilities of the Jewish executives distributing the film. The interesting thing is that his moral argument doesn't simply appeal to a traditional Jewish moral sensibility based on, say, Bible and rabbinic texts, it appeals to Jews as victims of senseless violence -- who therefore should reject glorification of senseless violence.
It's a cute, and pretty weird, argument. But it's certainly not anti-Semitic.
Yudel, who is unable to post this week, IMed me about this, concluding "Don't cry "Jews" in a crowded moral argument." Thing is, Easterbrook isn't polemicizing against Jews here, he's sermonizing to a couple of them. It's okay to accept rebuke from a non-Jew about moral issues particularly relevant to us as Jews. posted by Steven I. Weiss | 11:55 AM |
The wonderful folks at Landover Baptist are at it again:
Friends, we learned again last month what we’ve been taught the last 40 years – Alabama is way ahead of the times. While the rest of the country (save Freehold) remains mired in all this liberal nonsense about democracy, freedom and equality, Alabama has long recognized what heathens will soon learn when an angry Jesus returns to draw a blood bath of holy terror for those who emphasized the carefree smile of individual liberty over the brass knuckles of religious control – the only law that matters is God’s law. (That is, those erstwhile immutable moral imperatives of the Lord that Jesus or that Paul fellow didn't tell us to go ahead and ignore.)I always enjoy how they manage to skewer both the religious right and themselves at the same time (intentionally or not). We need a Jewish version of this. Who's in? posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 11:19 AM |
Supreme Court grants cert to 9th Circuit "Pledge of Allegiance" case. Check Howard Bashman for some instant analysis. (via Volokh)
Monday, October 13, 2003
The second installment in Beliefnet Founder Steven Waldman's "Faith-Based" column for Slate, discusses "myths about the religious right." Some interesting statistics to go along with what he's got.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 6:25 PM |
What restaurants have succos for Succos? List them in the comments.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 1:12 PM |
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ivyJew Yedidiah wonders whether pre-emptive shootings of hijacked civilian airliners could be considered halachically sound:
Simplifying a complex Halakhic discussion, Jewish law forbids actively killing someone in order to save another person, or even another group of people. The Talmudic logic is, "who are you to know whose blood is redder?" Notice that this logic can be interpeted either as a revolt from the very notion of utilitarian calculations of human life, or a less fundamental disagreement with the utilitarian that claims that on a practical level the calculations are simply too difficult to make, and are best left in God's hands whenever possible.But in the case of the airliner, your primary target is the hijacker, and the passengers are what we'd call "collateral damage." posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:11 AM |
BeliefNet explores the apocalyptic traditions behind sukkot
The suburban, liberal Judaism that's common in the U.S. generally tries to take the hard edges off the ancestral religion. The more philosophically or emotionally challenging a particular Jewish observance might in reality be, the more likely it is to be downplayed or turned into a children’s activity. So the holiday of Sukkot, the Jewish harvest-time festival that also commemorates the temporary shelters the Israelites dwelled in during 40 years in the desert, is typically reduced to one afternoon each year in which the Hebrew school kids get together to decorate a wood-framed booth with bananas, corncobs and zucchinis.It's a good article for what its worth, and there is lots of cool apocalypse stuff associated with Sukkot. Still, that first paragraph sort of glosses over the fact that virtually all of Judaism has or had some apocalyptic or mystical connotations at some point. That's just the nature of things. Also, I don't understand why religion has to be fire-and-brimstone apocalyptic to be "philosophically or emotionally challenging" or why that must be the only "real" interpretation of it. posted by Voice From The Hinterlands | 9:59 AM |
Sunday, October 12, 2003
BTW: We're now the seventh hit when Googling "protocols." Pretty nifty, given how popular the word is, especially on the 'Net.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:42 PM |
Reader Zev sends in this snippet from WaPo that suggests AIPAC might be taking a more Republican stance...and offers no justification. Yet another piece on how more Jews are becoming Republicans when there is no solid indication that's the case.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:27 PM |
Tomorrow's 7PM Law & Order on TNT:
Monday, October 13th @ 7pm(ET)posted by Steven I. Weiss | 10:19 PM |
There are lots of tropes in arts and literature of late regarding superheroes and the supernatural, often coming with some comment like "we live in mediocre times" (Unbreakable). Anyway, this is the first instance I've seen of someone actually outfitting and characterizing himself as a superhero: "Car-Owners' Hero Dresses for the Job", with a letter in response addressing the comedic aspects more than the superhero aspects of the story, but nonetheless indicating the need for speciality. Like many good superheroes (Spiderman, Batman), he runs afoul of the police for his vigilanteism, though with far more reason in his case.
Reader Meredith points us to "Bris of Michelle Lauren Sarium (Lennox, VA)". Hmmm. So, either it really is some kind of "Brit Bat" service, or it's listing the mother's name instead (admittedly, an odd thing to do for a child-naming ceremony), or it's a joke entirely. If the comment currently there is given by someone who knows the original poster, it really seems like a joke. Your call.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 9:57 PM |
Noon -- St. Thomas the Apostle parishioners protest the closing of their church with a prayer vigil and rally, joined by parishioners of other churches threatened with closure; front of the church at 262 W. 118 St. (corner of St. Nicholas Ave.)Any chance we'll see something similar over at Young Israel?
In other Catholic news:
2 p.m. -- Communion and Liberation, a Roman Catholic lay movement, invites New Yorkers to a day of fellowship and friendship with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations, followed by testimonies and music in Bryant Park; Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue.posted by Steven I. Weiss | 9:25 PM |