Shavua Tov! Check out this week’s top Jewish news stories: a boxing champion and aspiring rabbi, a woman’s Western Wall arrest for wearing a talit, the Jew behind the vampires of “Twilight,” debate on Israeli settlements, the Reform Movement on abortion, a bagel fiasco in New York, and a special offer if you want to fly to Israel this winter.
1. Childhood Dream realised by Yuri Foreman – Times of India – And you heard that Jews can’t fight? Aspiring Israeli rabbi wins boxing title. And he’s been unbeaten for 28 fights. Next month, Orthodox Jew Dimitriy Salita will face off in a boxing match against devout Muslim Amir Khan. Read Heeb Magazine’s take on both fights.
2. Obama, Sarah Palin, the Anti-Defamation League and J Street argue about Israeli settlements in the West Bank (Capital J blog articles). First, Sarah Palin said that settlement expansion is necessary for all the American Jews moving to Israel. Then J Street attacked Palin for her position on the settlements, saying that she was “pandering . . . at the expense of the Security of the State of Israel.” The ADL then blasted J Street’s attacking of Sarah Palin and questioned it’s “pro-Israel” status, and J Street responded to ADL defending its status as “pro-Israel.” Oh yeah, and then Prez Obama said that Israeli settlements were “dangerous” and could “embitter” the Palestinians. Oy. So much to say – please add your thoughts to the comments.
3. “Reform movement: Don’t include Stupak amendment in Senate bill.” Capital J blog. The Religious Action Center (RAC) of Reform Judaism is asking the Senate to make sure any health care reform bill it passes removes the “dangerous” restrictions on abortion funding contained in the House bill’s Stupak-Pitts Amendment. Rock on RAC!
5. “A Bissela Tsuris for H & H Bagels.” Corporate Crime Daily. A hilarious take on the crisis of another Jewish gonif in New York – this one in the bagel business.
6. Jewish Screenwriter Pens ‘Kosher’ Vampires for ‘Twilight’ – Jewish Journal. In case you were wondering why the vampires in the movie don’t drink human blood – they’re Kosher. Or sort of.
A special bonus for you: click here for info on Cheap tix to Israel ($872 a person, from MSP), if you buy them before 11/23, and travel in Nov/Dec. As reported in the Star Tribune.