Archive for November, 2009

Know Your Neighbor…Eid al-Adha

November 27, 2009
Know Your Neighbor…Eid al-Adha

A couple of days ago, I came back from India by way of Amman, Jordan, and took a cab to cross the border at the Allenby border crossing.  I was held up for two hours at the border because of large crowds.  Unbeknownst to me, it was a few days before one of the...
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Wear a Tallit…Go to Jail!

November 21, 2009
Wear a Tallit…Go to Jail!

Last week a woman who likes to pray wearing a tallit (prayer shawl) — behavior which would be considered quite normal for the majority of the Jews in the world, who are not Orthodox — was arrested for wearing her tallit at the Western Wall, the holiest place in the world for Jews.  You...
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Bernard Kouchner is Wrong; Thomas Friedman is Wrong

November 12, 2009

Bernard Kouchner, the French foreign minister, said that Israel no longer desires a Middle East peace deal. (See J Post article) Thomas Friedman, the normally very astute NY Time columnist, says that Israel and the Palestinians do not seem so interested in peace, so the US should tell them, "give us a call when...
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Jews not welcome at Mary’s Tomb?

November 6, 2009
Jews not welcome at Mary’s Tomb?

I had a first time experience today.  I got kicked out of a church for wearing a kippah (yarmulke). I have visited a lot of churches and Christian holy sites since I started wearing a kippah full-time.  I have been to churches in Canada, in Ohio, in Jerusalem, in Rome.  I've been to the...
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