Pope Francis Blunders

I actually like the pope. But this is just awful commentary: Pope Francis said there are limits to freedom of speech, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith, in comments that the Vatican later said Friday did not mean justifying the attack on the satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Francis spoke about the Paris terror …

I Really Don’t Like Writing Blog Posts about Anti-Semitism . . .

But it is worth reminding people that contrary to the claims of the immoral and the benighted, anti-Semitism isn't "scarce" in the West (alas). Jeffrey Goldberg:On the one hand, it is completely unsurprising that Europe has become a swamp of anti-Jewish hostility. It is, after all, Europe. Anti-Jewish hostility has been its metier for centuries. (Yes, the …

On Dilemmas Associated with Judaism that Are Not Actually Dilemmas At All

Not knowing who Rabbi Andy Bachman is, I certainly cannot give him any kind of career advice, but as a Jew, it troubles me that a rabbi believes that he needs to leave the pulpit in order to do more good in the world. It also troubles me that a rabbi believes that his work …

Still More Depressing Middle East Notes

1. Important points on Hamas's resumption of the war against Israel:With no deal reached for a permanent truce between Israel and Hamas, the terrorist organization in Gaza wasted no time in renewing its attacks on Israel today. And it’s worth wondering if the atrocious media coverage of the war, which abided by Hamas’s threats and only showed what …

Yet Another Round of Middle East Notes

1. Israel has tried to extend the current truce. Hamas has apparently rejected Israel's offer. I am sure that anti-Semites anti-Zionists will find a way to blame Hamas's actions on Israel.2. One of the reasons why Israel was motivated to take action against Hamas was because it blamed the organization for kidnapping and killing three Israeli …

Middle East Notes (A Continuing Series)

1. There is a cease-fire. Let us hope and pray that it holds. Israel has decided to act unilaterally in order to end operations in Gaza, "[w]ith Israeli troops essentially finished destroying Hamas’s tunnels into Israel and having dealt Hamas’s military capacity a significant blow." Israel, of course, has been helped by the fact that it no …

More Depressing Middle East Notes

1. Those who think that Israel's enemies are serious about wanting to bring an end to the fighting have not been paying attention to current events:It was the start of a three-day truce, the best hope yet to end a 25-day-old war that has taken an enormous toll on both Palestinians and Israelis.On Friday morning, …