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Good Reads in the Blogosphere

In: JVoices

A quick round up of interesting reads right now: Think Progress packs a good punch, calling out election coverage fiascos and more, particularly on McCain and Palin. Richard Silverstein writes about the UN demanding $1 billion from Israel due to damages incurred during the Lebanon War, and along with many folks, wrote about Israeli security […]

This Week in History — Beauty and Power

In: JVoices

Crossposted on Jewesses with Attitude You may have noticed a former beauty queen in the news lately, but I’m not going to write about her.  Instead, I’d like to focus on Bess Myerson, the first and only Jewish Miss American, who won her title on September 8, 1945, just four months after V-E Day.  Ms. […]

Crossposted on Jewesses with Attitude A few years ago, I read Devil in the White City, Erik Larson’s non-fiction account of the history of the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, complete with architecture, politics, and a murder mystery. Good stuff. But I didn’t realize that the Chicago World’s Fair was also the site, 115 years […]

Labor Day, 2008

In: JVoices, Labor, Worker's Rights

Labor Day. For many, a three-day weekend. For some, a reminder of the importance of the labor movement, and the benefits that this movement won for its members, their families and the communities they live in, and indeed the U.S. as a whole. It’s not for nothing that the book is entitled “From the Folks […]

Crossposted on Jewesses with Attitude Thirty-eight years ago today, thousands of women nation-wide responded to Jewish feminist Betty Friedan’s call for a Women’s Strike for Equality. In addition to a huge march down New York’s 5th Avenue, women around the country demonstrated in support of three main goals: free abortion on demand, free 24-hour community-controlled […]

Israel and “Jisrael”

In: Israel, JVoices, United States

Don’t you hate it when you accept an invitation to a wedding or bar mitzvah, and then remember that you have tickets for something that same night? So what do you do? Try to get rid of the tickets? Try to wheedle out of your social obligation? Try to attend both? Well, after my wife […]

Israel and the Diaspora

In: Israel, JVoices, Sephardi

I have been sitting on this post since July 2, 2008. This is a huge issue as far as I am concerned, and a personal one at that. Of course, the news on the state of diaspora relations with Israel doesn’t pause, so I’ve decided that tonight would be time enough to get this subject […]

JVoices fondly acknowledges its contributors

In: JVoices, Labor, Strike, Writing

During last winter’s three-month strike of the Writer’s Guild of America, JVoices made a show of solidarity by committing to symbolically compensate its writers for posts made from New Year’s Day through June 30. Compensation has begun and eligible contributors have been contacted. Great blogging, while it may be provided free of charge, requires work. […]

Crossposted on Jewesses with Attitude Fifteen years ago this week, Ruth Bader Ginsburg became the second woman – and the first Jewish woman – to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Considering that of the court’s 110 justices, 7 have been Jewish and only 2 women, Ginsburg’s appointment was no small feat. Of course, […]

This week, the House of Representatives voted in favor of a resolution “apologizing” for slavery. And the House should be commended, not criticized, for it. [Editorial note: The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen, a Jewish American representing a majority-black Memphis congressional district.] Unfortunately, ridiculous debates have raged for years amongst political commentators and […]