• Why past presidents have saved peace for their final years in office, and why President Obama may prove no exception. [Time]

• The dozen or so Senate Jews are backing a letter Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) is sending to Ambassador Michael Oren expressing grave concern over the conversion bill. [JPost]

• The latest Kabbalah red-string wearer? Gov. David Paterson of New York. [Daily News]

• The IDF has established the Nahshol, “the world’s first female-only unit dedicated to combat intelligence missions, combin[ing] the fighting capabilities of combat forces with advanced intelligence-gathering skills.” That is so insanely hot. [Ynet]

• Israeli political scientist Asher Arian died at 72. [JTA]

• Contributing editor Gary Shteyngart on how technology alienates us from each other. [NYT Book Review]

They say, ‘Sing while you slave,’ I just get bored.