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Tag: Obama, Oy Vey
October 15, 2008 | 11:24 pm"If you knew that visiting your grandparents could change the world, would you do it?" A couple of weeks ago, a video came across my inbox with Sarah Silverman posing this very question.
October 15, 2008 | 10:01 pmI wouldn't gamble with Israel's future. Why would you?
Most arguments in favor of Sen. John McCain and his approach to Israel rest on his greater experience and knowledge. Yet, put simply, McCain is a gambler -- in practice, in personality and in judgment.
No supporter of Israel...
October 15, 2008 | 9:11 pm
I've never understood why they call a last-minute election ploy an "October Surprise," other than the fact that it usually happens in, you know, October.
As a hard-fought election winds to a close in a divided country, campaigns will of course give their...
October 15, 2008 | 7:23 pm
Many millions of dollars are being spent in both current presidential campaigns emphasizing personal qualities over clarifying the candidates’ stands on the issues. Now seniors take their politics seriously: While the 65-and-older demographic comprises only 12 percent of the nation’s...
October 15, 2008 | 12:08 am
From the YouTube page:
Miri Ben-Ari, a Grammy Award-Winning violinist, originally from Israel, dedicates her rendition of the National Anthem titled Stand With Me, a music video in support of the Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Barack Obama.
Supported by Hip Hop mogul...
October 14, 2008 | 5:55 pm
News about The Great Schlep—an effort to mobilize young Jews to visit older relatives in Florida to convince to them to vote for Barack Obama—has been all over the Web for weeks. CBS News just found out about it, and wrongly attributes the idea to Sarah Silverman.
October 13, 2008 | 3:19 pm
WASHINGTON (JTA)—A campaign by a new dovish pro-Israel group to get Jewish newspapers not to run Republican Jewish Coalition attack ads has raised questions about what’s kosher and what isn’t in this fraught political season.
The new group, J Street, helped flood many Jewish...
October 10, 2008 | 12:49 am
October 9, 2008 | 11:05 pmIt is highly unusual for me to be speaking out politically.
I have worked for Republican and Democratic presidents alike. I was a political appointee during the Reagan administration, serving on the National Security Council staff in the White House. I held a senior position in the...
October 9, 2008 | 10:52 pmAs a patriotic Jewish American, I care deeply about Israel's wellbeing and security, as well as that of our own country. In having to choose between the two presidential candidates, I find myself looking closely at their statements, record of accomplishments and the people
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First came Sarah Silverman with a video for The Great Schlep, an organized effort to get young Jews across America to visit older relatives in Florida to convince them to back Obama [WARNING ADULT LANGUAGE]:
And here’s Jackie Mason’s response, gleefully e-mailed all over cyberspace yesterday (Silverman’s video was released Sept. 25) by the Republican Jewish Coalition:
September 30, 2008 | 3:39 pm
Comedy (?) from The Daily Show. Post-debate analysis reveals John McCain is going to die soon, and Michelle Obama has a big butt. Are these Florida swing voters hilariously out of touch, or simply telling it like it is? Wyatt Cenac reports.
September 30, 2008 | 5:04 am
Jewish friends, colleagues and supporters from Chicago say Barack Obama’s Yiddishe neshumah—Jewish soul—makes him the right candidate. Official campaign video.
September 29, 2008 | 1:01 am
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September 26, 2008 | 12:29 am
Here’s what Israelis4Obama say on YouTube:
We are Israelis and Israeli-Americans who believe Barack Obama will be good for America and good for Israel. In such dramatic times a leader who is able to employ intelligent diplomacy hand in hand with a strong defense is crucial to our future. We urge the Jewish community to hear our voices. Thank you.
September 25, 2008 | 3:13 pm
Once again, Sarah Silverman steps up to the Hollywood Jew home plate and knocks one out of the park. Go L.A. !
In this video for The Great Schlep, the effort to get young Jews to visit retired relatives in Florida and convince them to vote for Barack Obama, Sarah uses bad language to promote smart ideas.
It’s infuriating, funny, wise and insightful, and just as good as you’d hope.
Rough language warning.
Hollywood Jew hat-tip to Brad A. Greenberg who beat me to this choice video morsel.
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McCain and Obama, Biden and Palin reach out and apologize (in the Rosh Hashanah tradition), blow a shofar, interrupt, yell, smile and joke—just like your family on Rosh Hashanah.
It’s a joke video, see!
The YouTube text says:
The presidential candidates for 2008 atone for their sins for the New Year. Happy Rosh Hashanah from Taglit-Birthright Israel! Cartoon by http://jewishrobot.com
September 17, 2008 | 11:31 pmThe Rabbi's Spouse
In her recent story, Danielle Berrin contemplates the role of the clergy's spouse ("Who You Calling Rebbetzin?" Sept. 12).
It seems that one of the downsides is being misunderstood.
I repeatedly emphasized to Danielle that my voluntary role in our...
September 17, 2008 | 11:13 pmMaybe it was because I had just helped my daughter move into her freshman dorm room and I was envious of the deliciously named courses she was thinking of taking. Or maybe it was because I've always been a sucker for pitches like "Conversational Hebrew in One Day!" Or maybe it was...
September 17, 2008 | 7:06 pm
September 17, 2008 | 3:55 am
Joelna Marcus tells JTA she was the target of a push poll because she is Jewish. A caller, pretending to be a pollster, tried to insinuate Barack Obama is pro-Palestinian.
The Republican Jewish Coalition has admitted it sponsored a negative poll about Barack Obama.