Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

Operative Word? Obligation! In the days since Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, the reaction from the rest of the country has been a mixture of shock, horror and anger at the level of devastation and the plight of many of the victims. But along with the inevitable recriminations about the effectiveness of the nation's response to...
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Don’t Champion Flight; Stress the Sorrow of It! The tears that streamed down the faces of thousands of Jewish men, women and children forcibly removed from their homes in Gaza are not even dry yet. Yet Leslie Susser of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency is already championing the expulsion of hundreds of thousands more of our co-religionists from Judea and the...
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Are hurricanes an indication of the Almighty's displeasure?
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According to most accounts of the last days of the Jewish settlements in Gaza, there were a considerable number among those waiting to be tossed out of their homes who thought some form of divine intervention would save them. That makes sense, since there is no other way to explain why so many of them really thought that the disengagement...
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Offbeat musings on arts, culture and Philadelphians
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Now at Bat … You may have read elsewhere that Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld’s baby boy, born on Aug. 22, was named Shepherd. But, TLW got the real inside scoop. His name is Seven. Just Keep on Walken! An online claim and special Web site to the contrary, Christopher Walken is not running for the presidency of the United States...
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Columnist Susan Estrich writes in the St. Petersburg Times ( www.sptimes.com ) on Aug. 24 that the media's embrace of Iraq-war protester Cindy Sheehan ought to worry Jews: "Did an ABC staffer insert the following lines in an e-mail sent by celebrity antiwar mother Cindy Sheehan? " 'Am I emotional? Yes, my firstborn was murdered. Am I angry? Yes, he...
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