Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Krauthammer: The Biden incident


Why did President Barack Obama choose to turn a gaffe into a crisis in US-Israeli relations?

And a gaffe it was: the announcement by a bureaucrat in the Interior Ministry of a housing expansion in a Jewish neighborhood in north Jerusalem. The timing could not have been worse: Vice President Joe Biden was visiting, Jerusalem is a touchy subject and you don’t bring up touchy subjects that might embarrass an honored guest.

But it was no more than a gaffe. It was certainly not a policy change, let alone a betrayal. The neighborhood is in Jerusalem, and the 2009 Netanyahu-Obama agreement was for a 10-month freeze on West Bank settlements excluding Jerusalem.[...]


  1. Well, if you want an answer the answer is that a government that lets a 'gaffe' like that slip out is incompetent.

    Obviously Hashem is guiding us with an incompetent leader for very good reasons all His own.

    My opinion is that this is happening davka because the charedim have put their faith in people who lack the ability to provide tshuah, like we say in the davening, 'al tivtichu bindivim".

    Anybody who thinks the right chilloni government can 'handle' their way out of the mess we're in needs a serious emunah check.

  2. http://www.jfk-airport.org/chapels.htm

    Scroll down for the International Synagogue.

    Is it mutter to daven in the JFK shul? It is under the authority of the NY Board of rabbis who are mostly frey. There was no mechitza until 2005 and even now, whenever the Reform and other chayos come to daven, they take the mechitza down.

  3. KSA kashrus scandalMarch 23, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Why is a Jewish company under KSA kashrus officially sponsoring such an outrageous event - a Jewish pre-Passover dinner with chazir on the menu ??!!

    Shmaltz also makes two beer types with pictures of women in a state of undress that is ervah mamash. I don't know if KSA has the gall to allow their symbols on the bottles.


    But there is also a nobility to He’Brew. Shmaltz takes its brewing seriously, and it also tries to maintain a direct connection to Judaism. Jeremy continues, “We are interested in having a direct tie to Jewish culture and the community and we find fun, creative ways to make that connection.


    All HE'BREW products are kosher certified to the strictest Orthodox standards by Kosher Supervision of America (KSA).


    Tonight at Coda, Pre-Passover Beer Dinner (Pork Included)

    By Brian Yaeger, Monday, Mar. 22 2010

    Who says you only drink beer on Purim?

    As a sort of pre-Passover party, local brewing company Shmaltz is taking over tonight at Coda Jazz and Supper Club, which hosts Live City Revue every Monday. A mishmash of irreverent music and theater is already par for the course. At tonight's Jewish Soul Food beer dinner, don't expect a neutral kosher ― parve ― course among the classic New York dishes paired with a few He'Brews.

    In a highly unlikely intentional move, instead of 10 plagues, there will be 10 plates, all à la carte. Among the unkosher ― traif ― offerings, diners can choose small plates like chickpea and fava bean soup with smoked ham hocks braised in Shmaltz Genesis Ale, bacon-wrapped sweetbreads with wild mushrooms and pearl onions in a Messiah Bold Ale reduction, or the chopped Petaluma chicken livers with Shmaltz cracklins, or entrees such as crispy Marin pork belly with Jerusalem artichoke purée and bay scallops.

    For dessert, instead of extra portions of the chopped apples-and-nuts dish called haroset, there will be haroset cheesecake with salted Maldon caramel.


    We'll be cooking up some "kosher and some traif" and pairing it with Shmaltz Brewing's fine beers

  4. These comments are totally off topic. Why are you posting them here?

  5. Well, it's not like there are specific categories here for airport shuls or promoting maacholos assuros but the Rabbi deemed them to be of interest and allowed the comments through.

    I have seen random comments on many blogs but somehow this is the only one where kvetchers come out of the woodwork to complain.

  6. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3866469,00.html

  7. Thank you, SB. I was tempted to say the very same thing myself.

    Frequent Flyer- Blogger or Wordpress would be delighted to host your blog where you can discuss anything you like.

    Perhaps the time has come for you to take the plunge and see if your blogs sinks or swims.

    Do not mistake Rav Eidensohn's generosity and kindness for endorsement. The fact remains that his posts are meant to solicit a response or opinion to his ideas- not yours.


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