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Sundown: Hail to the Chief

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Rabbi Richard Jacobs(Ben Fink Shapiro via Union for Reform Judaism)

• Rabbi Richard Jacobs was elected as President of the Union for Reform Judaism. [JTA]

• A Bronx woman is being denied the right to be buried in a pet cemetery with her fluffy friends. And of course she is. [NYPost]

• Lebanon has announced the formation of a new government dominated by Hezbollah affiliates. [Reuters]

• A Scottish town’s stupid boycott of Israeli books is being met by a Kiddush clubs’ stupid boycott of the scotch distilled in the area. Stupid. [Forward]

• Yiddish words for a new era [McSweeny’s]

• The accidental discovery in Jerusalem of Israel’s longest underground stream is impressive until you compare it to streams in almost any other country. [JPost]

But it still gives us an excuse to listen to this.

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The unconscious cabal. I looked up and played that Robeson video last night, apropos of the Tony Awards.

Why is the Scotch boycott stupid? Seems like a clever way to combat the Scottish travesty.

They are boycotting all Israeli products, not just books.

The boycott of “Morrison Bowmore, Loch Lamond and Chivas Brothers — the latter known for its premium Chivas, Glenlivet and Ballantine’s labels”
makes very good sense – since it will directly affect those who are acting out anti-Israeli positions (and maybe even being anti-Semitic in their demonization of Israel).

Or would you rather support those who harm you?

Dan Klein says:

@eli and LB I don’t think boycotts–or counter-boycotts–or counter counter boycotts–are useful modes of protest, and in this case only serve to legitimize each other.

Sometimes it’s not a matter of protest so much as of conscience. I don’t fancy lining the pockets of those with whom I emphatically disagree. It might not affect their bottom line — probably doesn’t, in fact — but I sleep better.

I don’t know about you guys, but that’s the last damn kilt I buy. It’s just not worth it.

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