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  • Mason takes on Silverman

    Fresh on the heels of Sarah Silverman telling the world she’s going to blame the Jews if Barack Obama loses comes this new vid from Jackie Mason, courtesy of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Mason doesn’t like the yenta Silverman’s suggestion that if you don’t vote for Obama it’s because you’re a racist. More ▸

  • The OU is not endorsing Barack Obama

    A top Orthodox Union official’s unwitting and unapproved appearance in a pro-Obama video has led the organization to reiterate that it does not endorse candidates. Nathan Diament, director of the OU’s Institute for Public Affairs, is briefly shown and identified on screen by his name and organization, but is not heard speaking, in a video… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Hastings apologizes, more Jewish pro-Obama videos

    Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.) now says he regrets his comments last week about Sarah Palin, but maintains a McCain-Palin administration would be “anathema” to most African Americans and Jews. Georgetown University professor Jacques Berlinerblau, in the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, likes Sarah Silverman’s “The Great Schlep” video, but doubts it will have much impact… More ▸

  • EMET pulls out of involvement with “Obsession Project”

    A pro-Israel think tank has pulled out of involvement with “The Obsession Project,” just a few days after a Muslim advocacy group filed a complaint about the effort. The Washington, D.C.-based Endowment for Middle East Truth had agreed to write a policy paper and lead an educational outreach effort subsequent to the distribution of 28… More ▸

  • Political tidbits: Is Bubbie’s vote really that important?

    Writing in The New Republic, Nate Silver explains “Why your Bubbie will not decide the election” – no matter how many grandchildren make The Great Schlep. Barack Obama tells a group of mostly Jewish donors in Detroit why he likes the Jewish New Year. Abba Spero, in the Jewish Press, compares John McCain and the… More ▸

  • Shanah Tovah from Barack Obama

    Barack Obama released High Holiday greetings Sunday afternoon. He spoke about “reparing the world” and bringing peace and security to Israel. Here’s his full statement: “As Jews around the world celebrate Rosh Hashanah, I want to send my best wishes for a happy, healthy, and sweet new year. This marks not just a time for… More ▸

  • The Iran debate exchange

    Friday night’s debate discussion about the Iran threat featured a lot of talk about Israel. John McCain cited some of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ugliest rhetoric against the Jewish state as a reason not to talk to him, while Barack Obama defended diplomacy while also noting Israel was “our stalwart ally.” Here’s some of the… More ▸

  • Looking at why Orthodox Jews have gone GOP

    John McCain’s overwhelming 78-13 percent lead over Barack Obama among Orthodox Jews in this week’s American Jewish Committee poll was just the latest example of how Orthodox Jews – at least at the presidential level – have become strong backers of the GOP. The reason? For Orthodox Jews, Israel is far and away the most… More ▸