There is a fantastic oped in the NY Times from Alana Newhouse, the editor in chief of Tablet Magazine (which I really enjoy). There is a bill before the Israeli Knesset that may radically change Israel. That bill would give the ultra-orthodox power to say who is Jewish and who isn’t. This would destroy the connection between most Diaspora Jews (Jews living outside of Israel) and Israel. I wrote about the problem of Who is a Jew before when I visited Israel and the religious problem in Israel. I’ve also written about the Supreme Court case in Britain of determining who is Jewish. This is an issue that is very close to my heart and very important to me.
I thought this blog post from Barry Ritholtz was excellent. It contains an excellent housing analysis from Dhaval Joshi from RAB Capital. Quick summary: there is $4 trillion too much mortgage debt and 4-5 million too many homes. This is a must read.
“Masked gunmen from an Islamist group torched a UN-run summer camp for children and teens in Gaza on Sunday, Army Radio reported, the top UN aid official in Gaza said.”
“During the past month alone, five Gazans have been executed with formal sanction from the Strip’s Hamas rulers, three of them shot to death in front of the families of their victims just last Tuesday. Their bloodied bodies were then unceremoniously dumped at the local Shifa Hospital.”
“Modesty patrols” inspect cars to catch unmarried women with men who aren’t relatives.