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December 23, 2009

Dec. 23: Why Carter Apologized to Jews, ‘Circumcise Me’

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Carter: Grandson’s race not reason enough to apologize

Jason Carter, the grandson of the former U.S. president, is considering a run for the Georgia state Senate.
Jason Carter, the grandson of the former U.S. president, is considering a run for the Georgia state Senate. (Courtesy Jason Carter)
Jimmy Carter is asking the Jewish community for forgiveness — and insists it’s not simply because his grandson has decided to launch a political career with a run for the Georgia state Senate. Read more »

Convert cuts up in one-man show ‘Circumcise Me’

Yisrael Campbell uses humor to bring to life the story of his transformation from lapsed Catholic to observant Jew. Read more »

Op-Ed: New U.S. anti-Semitism envoy facing formidable task

With anti-Semitism manifesting itself across the globe in a wide range of forms, and likely to face pressure from foreign governments as well as at home, the new U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism has her work cut out for her, write her predecessor in the post and a Holocaust scholar. Read more »

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How did Hebrew translator/leaker get a security clearance? (Politico)

Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Laura Rozen report that experts are wondering how a security clearance was ever granted to Shamai Leibowitz, who recently pleaded guilty to leaking classified documents he obtained during a stint as a Hebrew translator for the FBI.

Organ harvesting: Part II

A guide to not mixing up an anti-Israel blood libel and a legitimate news report.

Steve Rosen: Why my views changed (Foreign Policy)

Steve Rosen, AIPAC’s former foreign policy director, explains his evolution from hawk to, well, not exactly an inhabitant of the peace camp, but to recognition of the inevitability of U.S. engagement in pursuit of Israeli-Palestinian peace.

Fox News and Gilad Shalit (Jerusalem Post)

Israeli media outlets are complaining about why information on the Gilad Shalit talks keeps getting leaked to Fox News.

Burial battle (Pittsburg Post-Gazette)

What happens when an elderly woman in a hospice wants to move her husband to a different cemetery so the family can be buried together — and the rabbi says no?

Frank Lloyd Wright’s shul (Wall Street Journal)

Taking another look at the synagogue that Frank Lloyd Wright and a rabbi built.

Jewish Christmas songs (Forward)

The Forward jumps into the holiday music mix with an article by Amir Efrati about Jews who write Christmas songs. Plus J.J. Goldberg says Adam Sandler is old news — time to check out some new Chanukah tunes.

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Israel’s army is taking action to move student soldiers out of a hesder yeshiva whose leader reportedly urged soldiers to defy orders to evacuate settlements.
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The European Commission will give $10 million to help Palestinian families living in the West Bank.
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Brazil has set aside a day to honor Jewish immigrants to the country.
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