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19.01/ #ShavuaTov everyone. Big Football day. #Steelers win, Patriots lose, and Ravens not only lose, but their coach demonstrates (again) just how bad a sport he is

19.02/ Tom Joseph's point is crucial. 21 Republicans would be enough, plus the 47 Democrats, to remove Trump (ym'sh). They aren't "worse" than the 30+ GOP who don't reject DJT, the former are cowards the latter are outright fascists
19.03/ What I love so far about Biden's proposed cabinet is that I haven't heard of a single one of them. It's so nice to have professionals back in charge (I'm a lifelong Democrat because I know governing requires expertise)
19.03b/ Even more names are added and I only know 1, John Kerry, but that tells me there's a pattern: pure professionals in these key roles BUT if a 'big name' is chosen, it's to signal an emphasis on an overlooked crisis

19.03c/ The diversity is important as well. Defense, DNI are women, DHS is a latino (a Cuban Jewish latino, but that's just fun)

I wonder if the pattern of 'no currently elected officials' will continue as well (a problem of the early Obama admin.)…
19.04/ This is a nice video introducing the team. And I'm now reading that Janet Yellin will be the nominee for Treasury Secretary, the first woman to hold the position. I'm enjoying the quiet competence!
19.05/ With the caveat that I literally know nothing about inside baseball in DC, I'm calling my shot for AG:…
19.07/ Our nation must make sure that Ted Cruz will not escape a reckoning for this type of betrayal. Not sure if it's against any law, but utter shunning & stigma is the least of his due
19.08a/ This is a great clip from what I assume was Blinken's job interview with Grover, explaining the importance of accepting refugees

I do like to think that all senate confirmation hearings should have a muppet portion
19.08b/ In all seriousness, my wife made a great point to me rn: every nominee should be able to explain their job to Sesame Street and, most importantly, jibe with the values of that show (in a "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" way)…
19.09/ Thread about people who don't shake hands after losing in sports and the larger implications. Hint: there's a reason why Tom Brady is a big Trump (ym'sh) supporter

19.10/ A thread of a dvar Torah for parshat Toledot on a reason for Yitzchak's favorable treatment of Esav
19.11/ Ah yes, #Thanksgiving leftovers, aka "Friday Night Dinner"
19.12/ I had intended to write much more this week but Thanksgiving - thankfully - interrupted. It was very nice, considering. Zoom schmoozing with both extended families; two beat-down NFL games; and family movie night after ("Lilo & Stitch" woot!)
19.13/ Short Shabbases, especially FAT (Friday after Thanksgiving) are still abrupt in my mind. So I'll end the thread for now. #ShabbatShalom y'all

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Week 175 below.
176.02/ #MotzeiShabbatMovieNight continues. This week "Denial (2016)" about Holocaust denial, because it's great and because we're facing a new assault on truth, this time about October 7th.…
176.03/ I'm not writing more about the freeing of some of the hostages because of mental self-preservation. If I think too much about kidnapped children and what they went through I descend into a deep despair. Thank God they are being freed, what a literal nightmare.
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Week 173 below.
174.02/ The newest season of #MotzeiShabbatMovieNight began tonight with "Flash Gordon." It's a camp classic and stars Topol a'h, the wonderful Israeli actor. One of the extras on my disk has Alex Ross saying it's his favorite film!…
174.03/ Dave Barry @rayadverb taught generations of comedy lovers about this amazing spectacle. The Great 'Spoldey Whale Incident.
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173.01/ Week one-hundred and seventy-three, November 4-10, 2023, thread begins here.

Week 172 below.
173.02/ After a number of discussions with many in the world Jewish community I think most of us are at the 5th stage of grief with our former friends: acceptance. We oscillate, sure. Some are still denying, a number of the "pick-me"s are still bargaining.…
173.03/ #ChochmatNashim for #ChayeiSarah 2022 5783 (Last year). @ChochmatNashim

Downloadable PDF with working links to Divrei Torah from Orthodox women scholars.

(Alt. spellings: #ChayeiSara #ChayaSara)…
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172.01/ Week one-hundred and seventy-two, October 28-November 3, 2023, thread begins here.

Week 171 below.
172.02/ Oh my! Happy Cow Tools Day for all who celebrate!
172.03/ Just came back from a lecture and Q&A with @jeremybob1 and while what he said about the current situation is grim, I'm glad to have learned so much. Also, I'm definitely going to buy his book.
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171.01/ Week one-hundred and seventy-one, October 21-27, 2023, thread begins here.

Week 170 below.
171.02/ I highly recommend this article by @havivrettiggur. It's a very astute analysis of the situation in Israel, the fallacy of the anti-Israel paradigm & why the Israeli Left collapsed after 2000 & where they are now.…
171.03/ One thing I've read, from Rettig-Gur & many others, is that Hamas had a real strategy. It's the Algeria playbook: to make life in Israel so intolerable that the "colonialist tourists" would pick up and go back to where they came from. That's why I call it a paradigm error
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