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  • A Soloveitchik heading YU — as in Yale University!? (Peter Salovey’s rabbinic roots)

    Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik never served as president of Yeshiva University. But until his death in 1993 (and some would say even until today), the Rav served as the school’s — and Modern Orthodoxy’s — religious leader. His late brother, Rabbi Ahron Soloveichik, was also an important figure at Y.U. and in the Modern Orthodox world….

  • On the bright side — Harvard Hillel & Putin (or… J’accuse Pussy Riot?)

    On a week like this, you can be excused for thinking that things are always bad for the Jews. But if you’re looking for a little optimism… it was only a few decades ago that Harvard & the like were trying to keep the Jews out. Now the problem is that too many non-Jews want…

  • Eight for Nate (Silver): Dude, we need some new algorithms

    Now that Nate Silver (or, more to the point, his system for aggregating the polls) has proven to be king of all Election Day prognosticators, could we get him to come up with algorithms to answer some more pressing questions: Is there any chance Star Wars Episode VII won’t suck? Will they get the lights…

  • Olmert: Likud an ‘extreme right-wing party’

    Speaking at Columbia Law School, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called the Likud an “extreme right-wing party” and suggested that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should have better relations with the White House.

  • Reflections on Obama-Romney

    We have one exit poll out showing President Obama’s Jewish support was down, but still close to 70 percent. That said, we’re expecting more polling data later Wednesday, albeit from partisan sources, so (for now) I’m going to hold off pontificating about the Jewish vote. Instead, a few general observations: [[READMORE]] 2004 Redux: Two Realities…

  • Super PAC supports Shmuley Boteach (rhymes with peacock)

    Super PACs are prohibited from coordinating their efforts with candidates. So I guess it’s understandable that the folks at Patriot Prosperity PAC could put out an ad mispronouncing Rabbi Shmuley Boteach’s name… a half-dozen times in 30 seconds. [[READMORE]]

  • Elie Wiesel’s November surprise: Obama book

    Elie Wiesel says he and President Obama are going to be co-authors.

  • Ben Cardin: I don’t need you risking your necks to vote for me early

    A major subplot this election season has been GOP attempts to fight voter fraud/supress the vote (you decide). Well… now we have a Jewish senator from Maryland, Ben Cardin, telling people to stay away from early voting. Of course, that’s because of Hurricane Sandy. Click here to read the message.

  • Texas association in Shabbat hoops controversy with Beren Academy adopts new policy

    Months after initially refusing to reschedule a Friday night game involving an Orthodox school, the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools has changed its rules to accommodate the religious observances of all its members.

  • Did Obama and Romney disagree in the foreign policy debate? Not so much

    Just a minute into Monday night’s debate, and I knew this was going to be a tough one to sort out. Which moment? The one where Mitt Romney declared that “we can’t kill our way out of this mess,” and proceeded to outline a balanced approach to confronting the challenges facing us in the Middle…