Archive for December, 2011

My Chanukah gift to you…

December 20, 2011 Leave a comment

An 8 day special Chanukah collection – in word and song – from the sublime to the ridiculous:

  1. Beit Meir Boys Choir – Light Up The Nights
  2. Six13 – Chanukah Rights!
  3. Hanukkah Boosters Light a Fire Under Holiday, by Stephanie Simon and Ann Zimmerman, The Wall Street Journal
  4. Reinvention of Hanukkah in the 20th Century: A Jewish Cultural Civil War by Rabbi Rabbi John Rosove,
  5. Chanuka & Card Games by Rabbi Ari Enkin, (Hirhurim)
  6. Jews, Christmas and Chinese Food by Stuart Schoffman,
  7. All I Want for Christmas Is… Jews
  8. Santa Puts on Tefillin,

Have a Happy Chanukah!


Is Israel a Punching Bag…or Maybe a Theocracy?

December 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Some good weekend reading on Israel:

See you on Sunday on Square Off at 10 AM!

Shabbat  Shalom.

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Facing Off with Thomas Friedman on Israel

December 15, 2011 Leave a comment

A horrible article by Thomas Friedman in the New York Times: Newt, Mitt, Bibi and Vladimir

A wonderful response by Jonathan Tobin in Commentary magazine:  Thomas Friedman and the New Anti-Semitism-Part One

And here is a letter I wrote to the New York Times (read it here … they will  never print it!):

Thomas Friedman’s charge [column, Dec. 14, 2011] that Benjamin Netanyahu’s standing ovation in Congress “was bought and paid for by the Israeli lobby,” is rather nefarious sounding, especially when no proof is offered for such a highly charged claim.

Backing his position by the belief that Mr. Netanyahu would receive a  more negative reception speaking at the University of Wisconsin, Mr. Friedman overlooks the possibility that the members of the U.S. Congress are better informed and have a clearer picture regarding the Middle East than the students on a Madison, Wisconsin campus.

Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg,
Rabbi, Beth Tfiloh Congregaton
Dean, Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School

Hindquarters and Kosher Pig: Is Food Jewish?

December 13, 2011 Leave a comment

I looked back over the sermons I’ve delivered in recent weeks since the end of the holidays and I saw that I had spoken about Gilad Shalit, Steve Jobs, Mitt Romney, Maimonides, Barack Obama, Bibi Netanyahu, Nickolas Sarkozy, Elana Kagan, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Leonard Garment, Henry Kissinger … and I must tell you the truth: I felt like I’m the biggest yenta in the whole world!

So this morning I wanted to do something “light.” It’s been a difficult week, so I’m not going to talk about a person; I’m going to talk about a “thing.” And what thing is central to the life of every Jew? Food! And if you don’t believe me, come to Beth Tfiloh – or most any shul – on any Shabbat and stand in the corner and watch as the people come in for Kiddush. It looks like the running of the bulls in Pampalona. What one minute before looked like a group of well-dressed, respectful, mild mannered, Shabbat worshippers … all of a sudden turns in to a wild mob, ready to kill anyone who stands in their way of getting a piece of kugel. It’s unbelievable! And it can only be matched by the tuna fish and egg salad that people put into their pockets for a little snack later on at home. And it is never enough! It’s like the Jewish woman sitting in a restaurant with her husband complaining, “The food here is so terrible and the portions are so small.” READ MORE

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Pre-marital sex @ YU/Stern, Palestinian “Peace” & Super-rich Israelis

December 12, 2011 Leave a comment

It has been a busy week for articles of Jewish interest:

  • It all started with a provocative, anonymous essay about premarital sex published by an online student newspaper on Monday, the kind of first-person tell-all that would probably pass without much mention at the average secular university. But this essay was different, because it was written by an Orthodox woman and posted by a publication at Stern College for Women — part of Yeshiva University of Manhattan — where the writer says she is a student. Orthodox Jewish Student’s Tale of Premarital Sex, Real or Not, Roils Campus, New York Times
  • The Palestinian Authority claims in English to pursue peace, but a new 269-page
    book and CD entitled Deception, published by the research institute
    Palestinian Media Watch, says that in the Arabic-language media, their statements
    tell a different story: Palestinian Authority: Pursuing Peace, or Pushing Propaganda?,
    The Daily Beast

Food for thought on Israel

December 9, 2011 Leave a comment

The overwhelming majority of Jews are card-carrying Democrats.  This article is not meant to be political … it’s just “food for thought:” Israel rift roils Democratic ranks, Politico

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