Entries from May 2017

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Craig Breslow’s in the bullpen

Jewish relief pitcher Craig Breslow changes up his delivery and it seems to be working By MORDECAI SPECTOR When the Jewish World last talked with Craig Breslow, he was in his fifth season in the Big Leagues and pitching for the Twins. During a rough patch in 2009, the Twins waived the left-handed relief pitcher. […]

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Red Cross in tatters

Humanitarians at War: The Red Cross in the Shadow of the Holocaust, by Gerald Steinacher, Oxford, 352 pages, $32.95 Reviewed by NEAL GENDLER When World War II ended, the reputation of the Swiss-based International Committee of the Red Cross was in tatters — not least because of its silence during the Shoah. Creator of the Geneva […]

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Cowboy suits, Jews and Minnesota

The rhinestone cowboy look got its start with Jewish immigrant and former Minnesotan  By MAX SPARBER If you grew up watching old Westerns, particularly those involving singing cowboys, you probably noticed their costumes. They were hard to miss, with bright colors, chain stitching and floral appliqués. But you probably didn’t know that they mostly originated […]

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Al Franken: Already a towering figure in Washington

Al Franken has written an intimate memoir of his life, show business career and tenure in the U.S. Senate. The book is titled Al Franken, Giant of the Senate (Twelve), and it’s really funny. As many Jewish World readers know, Franken is from St. Louis Park (3-10-17 AJW). In the foreword he mentions, vis-à-vis this […]

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Special rabbinic dispensation

Rabbis don’t know who gave Jared and Ivanka permission to fly on Shabbat By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Which Orthodox rabbi gave Jared and Ivanka permission to fly on Shabbat? We don’t know who it was, but we know who it wasn’t. It wasn’t Haskel Lookstein, who oversaw the first daughter’s conversion to […]

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Five ways to celebrate Shavuot

Torah study is optional on the holiday marking the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Shavuot is the “Rodney Dangerfield of Jewish holidays,” says Rabbi Shira Stutman of Washington, D.C.’s Sixth and I synagogue. Meaning: It gets no respect. Considered by Jewish tradition to be on par […]

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Orthodox Union asks women clergy to change their titles

By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Following its rabbinic ruling prohibiting synagogues from hiring female clergy, the Orthodox Union is pressuring synagogues that have hired the women to change their titles. In February, the Orthodox Union, an umbrella Orthodox Jewish group, issued a Jewish legal ruling by seven rabbis that bars women from serving […]

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Israel gave Trump the royal treatment

Trump’s visit to Israel brings him multiple standing ovations, while troubles mount back in the States By ANDREW TOBIN JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Donald Trump must have felt like he was back behind his desk at Trump Tower. During his whirlwind visit to Israel and the West Bank on Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. leader […]

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Remembering Guernica and its message for today

Guernica, A town bombed 80 years ago by Franco’s Axis allies stands as a reminder of the consequences of inaction in the face of fascist aggression By ALEJANDRO BAER The Basque town of Guernica recently recounted the sorrow and devastation inflicted 80 years ago. On that fateful late afternoon of April 26, 1937, German and […]

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Velvl Greene reflects on God and science

Dr. Velvl Greene, the son of Jewish refugees from Ukraine, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He came to Minnesota for post-graduate studies at the U of M, where he earned a master’s degree in in dairy bacteriology. He later was a University of Minnesota professor and a NASA scientist, and a disciple and confidante of […]