An Orchard Street boutique owner has started a campaign called "Jews Against Obama" – and is selling its T-shirts, hoodies, and tote bags for $250 each.
Doron Braunshtein, owner of the Apollo Braun boutique on
The word "chutzpah" is often misused by people who don't have much knowledge of Yiddish, as Michael Wex writes in Born to Kvetch. (http://www.the-yiddish-world-of-michael-wex.com/) It does not mean "audacity," Wex notes; it means sheer, shameless gall, like propositioning the widow at her husband's funeral. The classic definition is someone who murders their parents and then begs for mercy because he's an orphan.
I think we need to add a new definition. Making "Jews Against Obama" T-shirts, hoodies, and tote bags; selling these crudely printed shmattes for $250 each; and then sending out a press release proclaiming that these crudely designed shmattes will someday wind up next to the Greek sculptures in the
"Every item I make in my lifetime"? Does this putz frame his used toilet paper? I haven't been down
There is a more serious political issue here. Braunshtein is apparently smart enough to know he can't get away with claiming that Obama is a Muslim, so he says that most Jews–"at least the ones that are proud of their religion and practice it" – won't vote for someone whose father was a Muslim and whose middle name is Hussein.
He says most Jews will vote for McCain. Well, the Republican hopeful has connections to preachers far more anti-Semitic than the Rev. Jeremiah Wright ever was. McCain chased after the support of Rev. John Hagee of "Christians United for
CUFI is a "Christian Zionist" group. They believe that there should be no Palestinian state on the West Bank, because that would be dismembering the Biblical land of Israel – and it's essential for Jews to regain full control over their ancient domains of "Judea and Samaria" (the West Bank) in order for Armageddon to come and Jesus to return.
Many right-wing Jews advocate allying with these "Christian Zionists," as they are fanatically pro-Israel-they are more virulently opposed to Israel giving up one speck of land than are most Israelis and a good chunk of American Jews. "The plan of the anti-Christ is to divide
On the other hand, I'm disappointed by Obama's recent statement that he wouldn't negotiate with Hamas because it wants to destroy