Sundown: Shanah Tova Edition
Sending you off with extra material
Special longer-than-usual Sundown today, due to the half-day and the fact that we will be off tomorrow and Friday. Here’s wishing you and yours a sweet 5771!
• Old Jews Telling Jokes … the Rosh Hashanah-themed e-cards! This is easily the best way to wish someone a happy new year. [OJTJ]
• Hussein Ibish asks why we should include Hamas in peace talks when the group has made clear, through its violent attacks last week, that it does not want peace. [NOW Lebanon]
• Elliott Abrams advises peace processors to shoot for a “framework agreement” rather than a comprehensive, final one. [WP]
• Shmuel Rosner writes that when it comes to the peace process, impatience is the great enemy. [FP]
• If you needed another “Hey no matter what happens with the peace process, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad is building a real Palestinian state in the West Bank” essay, well then here’s one. [WP]
• Was a lampshade in post-Katrina New Orleans really made from Buchenwald’s human remains? [NYMag]
• Andrew Ferguson has a few words to say on the subject of Peter Beinart. [Commentary]
• The last Jews of … Burma! [Moment]
• Jules Feiffer and Norton Juster—the (Jewish) geniuses behind The Phantom Tollboth—have teamed up again, 40 years later. (Though this time, they don’t live in the same Brooklyn Heights duplex.) [NPR]
• Former Jewcy editor (and Friend of Tablet Magazine) Lilit Marcus has a new book out, Save the Assistants! Buy it! [Amazon]
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