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Don't blame the system; she's not a victim.
She's a willing participant in "be nice to me, and I'll be nice to you"
Her "signature issues" are weak, lame, and designed to win the hearts of "moms everywhere", instead of taking on real controversies affecting most other black women from Chicago or other urban centers.
7 months ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/117086/inside-east-wing-who-shrank-michelle-obama
Reading the attacks on Ms Clinton here is like reading the attacks on Christie at the National Review. Her lack of "purity" for every leftist cause seems to bother those people who'd like to return to the "good old days" of losing Democratic candidates like McGovern.
Hillary Clinton was fighting the fight for health coverage when Obama was still on the take in Chicago and his wife was getting a sweetheart deal of a community outreach job.If Hillary isn't pure enough for you, you can look forward to 8 years of Christie with a cabinet filled with Rand Pauls and Rafael Cruz
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Conversation @ http://www.newrepublic.com/article/115509/elizabeth-warren-hillary-clintons-nightmare
warren is a brilliant lawyer with exceptionally high integrity
however, her political skills are pretty weak, and she has less charisma than a midwest Republican governor
using religion as an element of class warfare was his claim to fame
he may have mobilized his constituency, but he also destroyed any belief in democracy
1 year ago on Ovadia Yosef Z”L
@poetsawyer the purpose of this meeting with the Utah Senators had nothing to do with "love of God and country" and everything to do with enlisting Jews in the radical Republicans' fight to destroy the Affordable Care Act.
And sharing "family values" is about as empty a pledge as anyone can make in as much as your concept of "family values" and Mike Lee's may well be miles apart, linked only by the buzzwords and catch phrases of the Fox News Channel and the Republican Party Platform
1 year, 1 month ago on Our Friends the Mormons
@MamallamaKantrow what a pile of syncretic garbage
mr feiglin is delusional if he thinks that because
he makes a bracha but is vehemently against any rational settlement of
the issues he can achieve anything even resembling peace.
1 year, 1 month ago on My Coffee Break With An Arab MK
@SashaKaiHarris @ChHoffman Nobody has ever told you not to be a vegan
Just don't use it as a moral superiority tool, because it just doesn't fly
And don't try to turn it into a religious issue, because there is far more in Judaism which recognizes and regulates the eating of meat than that which might ever discourage it.
1 year, 1 month ago on Haredi Leader: Wearing a Shtreimel Is Chilul Hashem
if you want to be a vegetarian, good for you
just don't cloak yourself in a pseudo-morality and assume a holier-than-thou position for it.
1 year, 2 months ago on Haredi Leader: Wearing a Shtreimel Is Chilul Hashem
@RichardSchwartz the illnesses in the Jewish community caused by animal-based diets are a function of excess - too much food is eaten; and much of that excess is cake, fried potatoes, and a dozen other non-animal products.You can be a vegetarian and still kill yourself with any of the big three - diabetes, hypertension & stroke, or coronary disease. What's threatening our planet is that too many people drive too many cars with too many coal-fired plants generating too much wasteful electricity. Eating tofu instead of chicken might make you feel like you've done something - but it's a bit presumptuous to think that the world will suddenly give up the most efficient creators of high-quality protein - the chicken and the dairy cow - to satisfy your pseudo-science and your misplaced concerns for the health of the "Jewish community"
It's a bit presumptuous to put words in God's mouth that were never uttered at Sinai. For all we know, the reason the cow was created was to provide a chuck roast to go in the cholent. But we don't know, so we're not going to speculate.
It's nice to conflate ethical, pseudo-religious, moral, and health positions to advocate vegetarianism. But for every chief rabbi who was a vegetarian, there were a hundred others who relied on meat as a part of their diets; and for every perceived "cruelty to animals" that you can find on a farm, you will find that the workers who pick lettuce or sort potatoes are no better treated.
If you think that vegetarian diet satisfies your need to feel morally superior, go right ahead and enjoy your sense of self-satisfaction; to the rest of us, it's a position which may sound a bit like a "pick-and-choose" to compensate for other areas where you find yourself deficient. You can't solve your ethical deficiencies by worrying about cows, how they're impregnated, and what is done to fatten their offspring.
the only positive commandments in the Torah for which one suffers "Karet" or excision from the people are the performing of a bris and the eating of the Korban Pesach
To say that Judaism is against the taking of animal's lives is to invent a new Torah
Some people tried that a while ago; they go to churches, not synagogues
the only chassidim who'll give up their streimels are the ones who'll also give up their shabbos chicken
Yes. There are crazy Muslims. And then some Rebbe spits on a 10 year old girl in Bet Shemesh because he doesn't like the length of her skirt or sleeves.
1 year, 2 months ago on Spain’s New ‘Fornicators’
the writer of this article should have his meds checked by a responsible medical professional
1 year, 2 months ago on America’s Problems in the Middle East are Just Beginning
Star-K is into technology - they've done a lot of work in the area of appliances and their use on Yom Tov and their passive status on Shabbat.
That said, the status of a phone as kosher is as subjective as the status of the moon.
1 year, 2 months ago on What’s Wrong With the Star-K Kosher Phone?
If Israel is doing the job for him, why should Abbas risk his standing in his community. They'll hate Israel any which way; right now, an "accepted" Abbas is in Israel's interest, so it works just fine
1 year, 2 months ago on Here’s How Abbas Fights Terror: He Lets the IDF Do It (Video)
It's a big mitzvah to dedicate and pay for a sefer torah.
But to suggest for one moment that it can make up for or get even for even one life, let alone for 6 million slaughtered Jews, is sophistry in the extreme and an act of self-serving propaganda that should be called out for what it is.And there are a lot more worthy uses for money in the world of Jewish life than dedicating more and more sifrei torah while day schools turn away kids whose parents can't pay tuition.
1 year, 2 months ago on The Ultimate Revenge for Holocaust Survivor: New Torah Scroll
@Avner Tzure actually, he was not just stating facts - the fact is that the US credit rating is higher than Israel's, but he just mentioned Israel's
And it has zero to do with Obama except to the extent that the JP has evolved into FoxNews-with-a-kippah
1 year, 2 months ago on Tale of 2 Debts: Moody’s OKs Israel’s A1 Rating; US Sinks in Red