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Netanyahu Sworn In as Israel’s Prime Minister

By Jay Firestone

March 31, 2009 | 7:41 pm

From Haaretz:

“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in late Tuesday to lead Israel’s 32nd government, after cobbling together a coalition amid rising tensions within his own Likud party and with other leading political figures.

Lawmakers voted 69 to 45 with five abstentions in favor of Netanyahu’s right-wing government after a six-hour debate, making Netanyahu prime minister for the second time in 10 years.”  Click here to read the rest of the story at Haaretz.com.

  • Jewish Worshippers and Irish Police Clash in NY (In 1897)

    By Julie Gruenbaum Fax

    March 31, 2009 | 4:47 pm

    On Passover eve this Wednesday, along with burning scraps of bread and grating horseradish, observant Jews will engage in an even more obscure ritual: blessing the sun as it slides into precisely its position the moment it was created, according to the Talmud. It’s a once-in-28... read on

  • Britney’s Three-Year Old Fan: Not Jewish, Sadly

    By  Orit Arfa

    March 27, 2009 | 8:03 pm

    I desperately tried to find a Jewish connection to the latest YouTube wunderkind, Izabelle, who is billed as the “3 year-old Britney fan.” As a Britney fanatic myself (I know, roll your eyes, but it’s true), I was amazed how this three (now four) year-old so perfectly executed... read on

  • Is Pat Oliphant Anti-Semitic? No, He’s Pro-Stupid.

    By Rob Eshman

    March 26, 2009 | 5:29 pm

    Jewish groups are livid at cartoonist Pat Oliphant for his recent cartoon depicting a jackbooted Israeli mowing over a helpless Palestinian woman and child.

    Is it anti-semitic?  In my original post I wrote that I wasn’t sure.  That seemed to get some readers more upset than the... read on

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  • The Messiah Was Here, and Traffic Is Still Bad

    By Rob Eshman

    March 20, 2009 | 5:48 pm

    Friday morning at The Foundry on Melrose Los Angeles Magazine convened a klatch of writers, pols and activist Angelenos for a discussion on the city in the age of Obama.  The timing was perfect, as the President Himself had just swept through town on a 48 hour dazzle that included a... read on

  • Did Former JDL Boss Confess to Bomb Plots?

    By Tom Tugend

    March 17, 2009 | 2:27 pm

    Looking briefly at this, the “news” seems to be that Rubin admitted to what the government charged (and Krugel admitted), i.e, they planned to blow up the mosque and Issa’s office. I think few people, other than Irv’s wife, thought otherwise.

    What’s more intriguing to me, if the... read on

  • Roger and Me

    By Rob Eshman

    March 16, 2009 | 1:55 pm

    “New York Times columnist Roger Cohen visited my synagogue Thursday,” writes Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple on Huffington Post today. ” All day long the sparks flew and the cultures clashed.”

    In a typically lucid and powerful article, Wolpe recounts his day with the New York... read on

  • ‘West Wing’ Actor Ron Silver Dies at 62

    By Jay Firestone

    March 16, 2009 | 4:42 am

    From CNN.com:

    NEW YORK (CNN)—Actor and political activist Ron Silver, who played a recurring role in TV’s presidential drama “The West Wing,” and who also let his political views play out in real life, died Sunday after a two-year battle with esophageal cancer, according to a... read on

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