Hillary Clinton owes her reputation for untrustworthiness to a single large and admirable decision that she made long ago; and to a series of baffled responses that her decision aroused and continues to arouse; and to the hatreds and paranoias that, like weeds or fungi, eventually sprang from the bafflement—a long history. And every new phase in the long history has done her credit, even if some of those phases require too much explanation.
The large and admirable decision was one that she made in the middle 1970s, she and Bill together, in setting out to pursue a joint career. The two of them had attended Northern and Eastern colleges and universities (and, in Bill’s case, Oxford) at a moment when, among the students, political opinions and cultural assumptions tilted sharply and even radically to the left. In 1969 Hillary was a protest leader at Wellesley, and Bill helped organize one of the big anti-Vietnam War demonstrations at Oxford—which means that both of them breathed the left-wing air and thought the thoughts, even if neither of them veered into the extremes. And then, like everyone else who had gotten caught up in the broad, liberal-and-radical, capital-M Movement of those days, they noticed after a while that leftwing breezes from the universities and the countercultural zones were not about to sweep the country. They campaigned for George McGovern. The nature of his defeat did not suggest that similar campaigns, sharply leftwing and confrontational, were a good idea for the future. Only, what was a good idea, in that case? The Clintons came up with a good idea, and it was different from everyone else’s.
A large fire damaged the Boston-area home that serves as headquarters of the local Jewish social justice group Moishe Kavod House on Thursday morning.
After months of campaigning marked by vitriol, it may be up to two (Jewish) daughters to set things straight.
The speakers mentioned ISIS. They mentioned Iran. But there was nary a peep about another big I: Israel.
(JTA) — The U.S. State Department said it was “deeply concerned” over construction plans in eastern Jerusalem. The Israeli government on Wednesday announced the approval of tenders for 323 apartments in eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods, on top of plans for 770 units in the Jerusalem suburb of Gilo, which has a population of 40,000 and also…
Anthony Weiner just exchanged a war of words with Donald Trump Jr., and was on the losing end of the tête-à-tête.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Southern Israel-based SodaStream has hired 300 new employees for its production plant in the Negev Desert. The company now has 1,400 employees in the Idan Hanegev industrial park near Lehavim, one-third of them Bedouin Arabs from the surrounding area, the Israeli business daily Globes reported. The company, one of the largest employers…
(JTA) — One the eve of Pope Francis’ visit to Auschwitz, a U.S. rabbi has called on him to remove a Catholic church from the premises of the Nazi death camp. The letter sent from Rabbi Avi Weiss, national president of AMCHA-Coalition for Jewish Concerns, was first reported by The Algemeiner on Wednesday. Francis arrived…
@ElBloombito returned last night to offer bilingual translations of Michael Bloomberg’s DNC remarks.
The ‘Community of Stuff’ rents household items to Tel Avivians who have no room in their apartments, boosting the city’s lending economy.
PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — President Barack Obama praised America’s diversity and solidarity, and defended his record, while telling Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton. Obama was the final speaker on a Democratic National Convention night Wednesday filled with big names. Before him, Vice President Joe Biden, Democratic vice presidential nominee Tim Kaine and former New York…
Michael Bloomberg assailed fellow billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday, calling his U.S. presidential race a “con” and ripping into his history of bankruptcies and lawsuits.
PHILADELPHIA (JTA) — Gabrielle Giffords couldn’t say much, but what she said brought down the house. The Jewish former Arizona congresswoman, shot in the head by an assailant in 2011, made an appearance at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday evening, its third, during a segment on victims of gun violence. “Are you ready?” she…
On the ten year anniversary of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle shooting, one woman who was shot and the rabbi who stood by her through her recovery recall the experience, how their lives have changed since then, and the action they feel we must now take.
As the mercury continues to rise, now seems like a good time to pray to Ben & Jerry’s to make these cool, heavenly flavors available to the devoted masses.
In recent years limonanna has become something of an official drink of Israel, sipped beachside in Tel Aviv or in umbrella-shaded outdoor cafés throughout the country.
On “Wristband,” the first single from Stranger to Stranger, Paul Simon’s 13th solo album, Simon sings about being lost. This is not a new theme for him. It goes back as far as “Hello, darkness, my old friend.” And this is not a serious allegory on the level of his canonical songs from decades ago, including “America,” which he recently donated to the presidential campaign of fellow New York Jew Bernie Sanders, also 74—in an ad that was reprised at the Democratic National Convention this week. This isn’t about the meaning of our nation or love or anything deep. It is about being locked out of your own concert. The show must go on, but you are the show, and a 6-foot-8 bouncer tells the 5-foot-1 Simon that he can’t go on at all. “I don’t need a wristband,” sings Simon in mock umbrage. “My ax is on the bandstand, my band is on the floor.” All of this is powered by a Latin-tinged upright bass and eccentric Afro beat. And the inimitably neurotic humor of Simon.
Yes, he definitely belongs there, but why is he locked out? Perhaps he’s finally had enough. Simon says that whenever he finishes an album, he considers never making another one again. But Simon is now in his seventh decade, and he has to wonder. He knows his voice has held up remarkably well, that his search for new harmonies (in Harry Partch’s microtonal instruments—based on 43 tones instead of 12—which he uses on a few songs on this album) and unexpected rhythms and new rhymes could conceivably keep going on for a while. But he’s been thinking of the pop song form since he was around 13 and fell in love with doo-wop harmonies, and that was quite a while ago now. (When Simon received the Gershwin Award from the Library of Congress he found, in Simon’s father’s handwriting, the copyright for his very first song, “The Girl For Me,” from this period.) Should the rest of his life be dictated by his adolescent dreams? Simon has said that he wants to look into some spiritual form of expression that doesn’t involve songs.
Unorthodox Ep. 51: Arsalan Iftikhar (@TheMuslimGuy), Rabbinic Student Deena Gottlieb, Plus DNC Drama
This week on Unorthodox: The hottest wedding venue in Vilnius is a former concentration camp.
At tonight’s meeting of the Democratic National Convention, attendees have been treated to fiery speeches by Vice President Joe Biden, Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine, and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg. As of this writing, President Obama is currently addressing the crowd.
Last night, former president Bill Clinton took the stage to vouch for his wife, and today he was prominently seated in the audience. Those watching him closely as he reacted to Biden’s speech quickly noticed something unusual: