I read the Talkback periodically to see what "real" people think, and it's generally pretty uncensored (or at least it appears that way to me--maybe it's less so than I think). When things start to get out of hand, I often just close out the session--nothing much of use when name calling starts. However, as a committed member of a Conservative shul and supporter of the Masorti movement, I had to read on to see the comments from "Joe Jew" and others, as they descended into some pretty strong language. What exactly are we trying to prove here? My experiences in Israel and with Israelis tell me that "official" personal observance by many is essentially "blocked" by the established religious authorities. What is it about people practicing Judaism in their own ways that so turns the stomachs of those who disagree that they will block Liberal Jews at almost every turn? Is it really better that they should have NO religious involvement vs. something?
Netanyahu instructs to reexamine open-fire orders against stone- throwers (Haaretz)
from the article: A.B. Yehoshua sends 'deepest apologies' for AJC remarks