William Satelan of Slate asks why it is acceptable to ban hate speech against Jews while defending mockery of Muslims.
This debate between East and West, between respect and pluralism, isn’t a crisis. It’s a stage of global progress. The Arab spring has freed hundreds of millions of Muslims from the political retardation of dictatorship. They’re taking responsibility for governing themselves and their relations with other countries. They’re debating one another and challenging us. And they should, because we’re hypocrites.
Miriam Krule of Tablet Magazine meets John Kirkpatrick, a Presbyterian from California who is the only large-scale grower of etrogs in the U.S.
Kirkpatrick knows his Jewish religious terminology, at least as it pertains to etrogs. He recounted the differing opinions about the necessity of pitoms, or stems, to be intact to qualify the fruit as “complete.” And he explained that his business began to turn around in 1987, “when we got to our first shmita” —the last year in the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah as a year of rest—“and had a pretty good year.”
- Times of Israel: Israeli strike on Iran without US would be a ‘disaster,’ World Jewish Congress president says
- Haaretz: Lieberman: Sanctions could push Iran into Tahrir scenario by summer
- Jerusalem Post: Netanyahu camp says NYC trip cleared air with US
- Ynet: Ahmadinejad: Iran unfazed by Zionist terrorists
- New York Times: In Syria’s Largest City, Fire Ravages Ancient Market
- Washington Post: Iran talk: What’s in a war?
- Wall Street Journal: House Republican Says She Will Block Aid to Egypt