Archive for March 2005
From Haaretz, Lapid and Poraz assure Sharon of Shinui’s support for budget. This is good news. The deal is hardly one many libertarians would love, but politicians are still politicians, even when they lean libertarian.
Reuters had this to say in its article, ‘EU Accuses Israel of Breaching Peace Road Map’: “The international community regards the Israeli settlements, home to 235,000 Jews, as illegal and an obstacle to peace. Israel disputes this.”
Apparently, “the international community,” is code for Europe (and probably the Arab states …). Doesn’t Europe have enough history of preventing Jews from living where they want and dispossessing them of their homes? Living outside the Ghetto was illegal too, but that does not mean it is wrong.
This article in the Washington Post, ‘French Kiss 35-Hour Workweek Au Revoir’ notes a welcome change in French labor law. As Jews, many of us know that we can keep Shabbat while working more than 35 hours (I think I put in more than 50 last week). But, there is a small catch, “The changes will allow workers to increase overtime and work up to 48 hours a week if they want — the maximum allowed by the European Union.” I suspect that this will be enough for all but the most committed professionals (and people with two jobs).
What a tragedy, as reported in the Washington Post, Minnesota Rampage Leaves 10 Dead. I know the response today will probably focus on the importance of gun control, but in a state like Minnesota, where carrying is legal with a permit, I can only think about how sad it is that so many had to die in a victim disarmament zone. That is what schools have become. The victims are disarmed, and the criminals are empowered. Why else would it be that most spree killings happen in victim disarmament zones like schools, post offices, and government facilities? How sad.
So, on Sunday, I officially converted to Conservative Judaism. My wife and two other people converted with me. My Hatafat Dam Brit was the week before, the Bet Din was like a comfortable conversation, and the mikvah was nice, if a bit chilly. It feels good. The road to this point was a long one, but that is the way it should be. After all, the road has just begun.
This post and thread on Jewlicious has turned into a really interesting discussion of observance and the nature/existence of G-d. I strongly recommend it. There is nothing particularly libertarian here, but it is a good Jewish exchange of ideas.
This article in Haaretz by Avraham Poraz makes a tough case for the course Shinui is taking on the budget (Shinui threatens to vote against the budget, which could push the government to hold elections). I am tempted to agree with Poraz that peace will move forward with or without Sharon. However, I am also fairly risk averse when it comes to shaking things up in the middle of the peace process. In principle, I agree with Shinui, but in practice, this approach may be a bit too aggressive.