Sundown: Reform Jews Bring Home the Bacon
Plus, exit Mitchell, stage irrelevant, and more
• On average, the religious group (including secularism) with the richest adherents in America is Reform Judaism; Conservatives take third (with Hindus sneaking in at second place). This is as much an indication of education levels. [NYT Mag]
• George Mitchell resigned as U.S. special envoy for the Mideast, ostensibly for having served his two years but actually because the peace process is on life support. [Politico]
• “I don’t see Hamas as a terror organization,” said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “Hamas is a political party.” [JPost]
• Nakba Day is Sunday, but the clashes have already begun in East Jerusalem. [Al-Jazeera]
• A fascinating look at the Alawite sect—it’s like a non-mainstream, neo-Platonic version of Shiism—and how its adherents came to power in Syria despite comprising only 12 percent of the population. The Alawites of French Syria are eerily reminiscent of the Jews of British Palestine. [NYRB]
• Jeffrey Herf argues that the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise in Egypt is bad not only for Israel but for Egypt itself as well. [TNR]
• Some ultra-Orthodox newspapers airbrush women out of more than just photos. [Unorthodox Gymnastics]
• The head of an Orthodox day school in Buenos Aires was assaulted to shouts of “Jew, Jew!” [ADL]
Wishing you a sunny afternoon.
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