A couple of things that don’t fit anywhere else:
1) Yesterday, I attended an “Israel@60” celebration here in Fresno. Lots of good feelings, vendors selling kippot, food, music, food, dancing, food, etc. Two Chabad rabbis did a land-office business getting people to put on tefillin.
I was in charge of an “Israel Advocacy” table. It was not exactly the the most popular thing at the event, but that’s not surprising.
A few people came over, took my literature, and talked a bit. One man looked at a pamphlet and shook his head. “Why are you shaking your head?”, I asked. He pointed to a photograph. “Arafat,” he muttered. “We love Israel, said his wife. We’ve been there several times.”
Like everyone who expressed similar sentiments, these people were Christians. Yet so many Jews reject their friendship. We shouldn’t.
2) Bloggers love to see their posts linked on other sites. It’s proof that someone other than the author reads them. Jewish bloggers actually go to the extreme of posting a collection of links to each other’s posts from time to time! Such vanity. It’s called Haveil Havalim (vanity of vanities), and you can find this week’s edition here.