Newsletter Issue # 20 March 7, 2012

Germany turned its focus to internal security. The unrest in Berlin during the summer of 1918 led the Prussian Ministry of the Interior to make a surprising decision. Bernhard Weiss, a little-known Jewish war hero and recipient of the Iron Cross First Class, was ordered to leave the front lines and serve as deputy head of Berlin’s criminal police. He also innovated and created the first-ever mobile crime lab — referred to informally as the “Weiss wagon.”

Harvey the dog begins when he steps outside his Eastern Parkway home for his morning walk with his owner, Dale Kaplan. The two may vary their route, ambling down Crown Heights’ main drag, Kingston Avenue, detouring to a side street or taking the longer stroll to Brower Park. But wherever they go, droves of chasidic children appear.

Conservative media publisher and activist Andrew Breitbart, died Thursday at age 43. A firebrand who was embraced by antitax, conservative tea partiers and reviled by liberals for his Internet investigations that brought down politicians and chastised mainstream journalism. Breitbart was behind investigations that led to the resignations of former Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York and former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod.

The Beren Jewish day school in Texas has lost the battle – the championship basketball game – but won the war for honoring the Sabbath. The threat of a suit in a federal court demanding that the Texas Association of Schools move a scheduled semi-final playoff from its scheduled Sabbath date, so the Beren team could play. The policy had been not to change schedules, even for the Jewish Sabbath, although the Association’s rules prohibit any games being played on Sunday, the day of rest for Christians.

As our society becomes even more dependent on technology, we continue adapting to the technology innovations that continue to amaze us. The constant advances in everything from mobile gadgets to our household appliances will force us to change the way we currently do everyday tasks. If you need help figuring out how to use any of the new technology, just ask your kids.

Yes, Rush Limbaugh is a Jew. Rush’s Conservative Gentile persona is a successful act that has earned him record multimillion dollar contracts in the radio business. Rush’s real name is Ronald Levy, born on the upper West Side of Manhattan. His father was a dermatologist and his mother a junior high school librarian. He attended the Ramaz School where he excelled at floor hockey and then Amherst College where he double-majored in art history and chemistry.

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