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Michael Oren Is Green at Diplomacy

Israeli Ambassador throws St. Patty party, a terrible idea.

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The pinacle of Jewish-Irish culture(printed&bound)

Yesterday, as diplomats tend to do, Israeli Ambassador to the US Michael Oren threw a party in his Maryland residence to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, as well as, according to embassy officials, the Israeli-Irish relationship and their respective cultures. Present were dignitaries including Irish Ambassador to the US Michael Collins, Sen. Joe Lieberman, Wolf Blitzer, former archbishop of Washington Theodore McCarrick, and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley.

Setting aside that St. Pats was two weeks ago, I am disappointed.

The menu was an uninteresting course of Israeli wines, or Guinness and “traditional Irish fare” like steak and potatoes. We can only pray that Ambassador Oren sprang for a keg, because I’m pretty sure serving canned Guinness to the Irish ambassador counts as a declaration of war.

The entertainment was mildly more interesting since Oren and Gov. O’Malley performed with a Celtic-influenced Israeli band Evergreen. Oren playing a Bodhrán, or Irish frame drum, and yes, there is a video, and yes, you can see it below.

But I’m still not pleased, because there is already a Jewish-Irish cultural holiday: Bloomsday. A holiday to celebrate Leopold Bloom of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the most famous Irish Jew of all time. Not to mention there is already an organization—a magazine, if you will, perhaps one of Jewish news, ideas, life and culture—which throws an annual Bloomsday party to remember that Jewish Irishman, walking the streets of Dublin, unknowingly acting out the epics of old.

Ambassador, honored guests, let me invite you to Tablet Magazine’s next Bloomsday, because relying on steak and potatoes and an Israeli band playing Celtic music for diplomacy is a mug’s game. Peace between nations requires country songs inspired by Molly Bloom’s soliloquy, selections of the novel performed in Yiddish, and a full ensemble 15 minute Ulysses shpiel, to get you up to speed. Say yes.

Earlier: Happy St. Patty’s Day!

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All true perhaps, but that relationship desperately needs shoring up and Ambassador Oren wouldn’t have wanted to preempt official celebrations with his own party.

Daniel says:

Of course, almost nobody has actually slogged through Ulysses. So Bloomsday parties are limited to a few Lit majors and wannabes/poseurs. But on St. Paddy’s day, as the saying goes, >everyone< is an Irishman.

Dan Klein says:

@Daniel Can’t I be both? Why must you confine me?

Vroom48 says:

St. Patrick’s day this year fell on the Fast of Esther. He had to reschedule. Now when Purim and SPD fall on the same day (as they have in the past) that will certainly be quite a “megillah”.

Steve says:

Loyal League of the Yiddish Sons of Erin for a long time celebrated a dual holiday with a dinner party. I remember Michael Mann as one leader. Of course, Robert Briscoe, sometime Mayor of Dublin, was always toasted.

Steve says:

Paul O’Dwyer, NYCity Council President back when, was a gunrunner in the days of the creation of the State of Israel and also attended many of those dinners.

George Bornstein says:

There’s quite a bit about Irish-Jewish ties in my new book “The Colors of Zion: Blacks, Jews, and Irish From 1845 to 1945,” published two months ago by Harvard.

Abe Doron says:

First of all the Guiness was not in cans, it was draft and they knew how to serve it. The food was delicious, And each one that was there has a unique experience.
It was a very special evening and defenetely did a lot of good, even for you.
It was a good idea that worked great.
It show us how anyone can write any thing without checking the facts, and just write negative stuff without any reason.
Is this the Pinacle of Jewish writing Dan Klein?

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