Volume 3, Number 46
"There's a Jewish story everywhere"

Today's Postings:

Monday, February 23, 2009

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Israel jeopardizes Egypt and the Palestine Authority by conducting its indirect 'non-negotiations' with Hamas ... by Shoshana Bryen
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Israeli government and military did what increasingly appears to be an extraordinary job of degrading the Hamas arsenal and leadership, reasserting deterrence not only against Gaza but against Hezbollah and Iran, and limiting civilian casualties. [It now appears that 12, not 41 people were killed outside the UNRWA school that Israel did not hit- nine adult males (some known Hamas members) and three civilians.] READ MORE

As Netanyahu forms a coalition, two ‘clocks’ ticK ... by Rabbi Dow Marmur
JERUSALEM—Two clocks are ticking in Israel-Palestinian relations, one loudly and the other quietly but perhaps even more persistently. That’s how Amos Oz, the celebrated Israeli writer, describes the present situation in and around his country. READ MORE

Whether for David fighting Goliath, or for the Pimpernels fighting the French reign of terror, we root for underdogs.. by Carol Davis
ESCONDIDO, California—Life they say, imitates art. One could argue that it’s the other way around, but it’s really an effort in futility. I think it works both ways. Take for instance the Bible Story of the young David who slew the giant Goliath with a slingshot. True or not, everyone wants the underdog to succeed or come out on top. It’s ingrained in the culture.

Drawing inspiration from one of the greatest ballerinas ... by Sheila Orysiek
SAN DIEGO—In the late 1970’s the San Diego Ballet decided to invite Prima Ballerina Assoluta Alicia Alonso to perform with the company in San Diego.  The temerity of this proposal was breathtaking.  It is comparable to asking Albert Einstein teach mathematics to an elementary school class or to ask Thomas Jefferson to give a writing class tips on how to write a declaration of independence.  Even more startling - Alicia Alonso accepted the invitation.  She not only agreed to come, but to dance her greatest role, Giselle.READ MORE

A bissel sports trivia with Bruce Lowitt
OLDSMAR, FloridaQ: Who was the 24-year-old player-manager for the 1948 Cleveland Indians, the last time they won a World Series, who invented the “Ted Williams shift,” in which the shortstop plays behind second base to better defend against left-handed batters? READ MORE


September 18, 1952, Southwestern Jewish Press:

—Abraham Dickenstein To Explain Ampal READ MORE

—U.S.O-JWB High Holy Day Services To Be Held READ MORE

—New Center Exec Outlines Program READ MORE

—Bay City B’nai B’rith Women

We continue our exploration of Jewish singers from around the world:

Helen Reddy sings "I Am Woman"VIEW VIDEO

Lou Reed sings "Walk on the Wild Side"VIEW VIDEO

Mordechai Ben David (MBD) sings "Racheim" (Have Mercy)VIEW VIDEO

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Misheberachs —Our prayers for speedy recoveries go to two of our writers, Norman Greene, currently recuperating in a hospital, and Sheila Orysiek, anticipating surgery early next month. We offer for them (and for all our readers) "Misheberach" performed by Debbie Friedman. (The initial camera shaking in this video subsides)

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