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Sundown: Here Comes the Ambassador

Plus Gaddafi the Jew, Reconstructionism goes mainstream, and more

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Muammar Gaddafi last year.(Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)

• Dan Shapiro, a top administration national security aide, will be nominated to be the United States’s next ambassador to Israel. [Laura Rozen]

• Gaddafi is unwilling to go. Time to recall that one of his sons is actually all Western-y. [WP]

• Oh, and Gaddafi is technically Jewish. Wait, what? [Israel Today]

• French-Israeli law professor sues for criminal libel for a slightly negative book review. One defendant, NYU Professor Joseph Weiler, is a pretty fascinating guy. [NYT]

• The two main bodies governing Reconstructionist Judaism in America will merge. Sell-outs. [JTA]

• This piece goes on and on about how unutterably different Reps. Anthony Weiner and Jason Chaffetz are from each other, without mentioning a certain crucial similarity! [NYT]

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Jason Chaffetz converted to Mormonism, apparently, so they no longer have that “crucial similarity.”

Let’s please not credit claims of Jewish origin for every misbegotten sleazeball presidente, in the Middle East or elsewhere. It’s just birtherism, antisemite style.

Weiler is even more interesting than you know – among other things, he’s a Modern Orthodox Jewish defender of Christianity in the public square (based on his view of religious freedom) and an advocate for Jewish-Christian rapprochement. Check out this bio and interview in the National Catholic Reporter: http://ncronline.org/blogs/all-things-catholic/tackling-taboos-jews-and-christians-cross-and-deicide

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Sundown: Here Comes the Ambassador

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