Quote of the week

The role of the president of the United States is to support the decisions that are made by the people of Israel. It is not up to us to pick and choose from among the political parties.” —former White House official Ann Lewis, Senior Advisor for Hillary Clinton for President. [Washington Post]

Jews in Space—update

According to Metro today, Israel’s first astronaut isn’t religious—but he will be taking along the first kosher astronaut rations.

Jews… in… spaaace!

Israel’s first astronaut is about to fly on Space Shuttle Columbia. This brings to mind all kinds of intriguing questions. Like, have the Rabbis ruled on when you should observe the sabbath if you’re in a non-geostationary orbit? Do you wear a yarmulke inside a space helmet? Can you operate a space suit on the sabbath or do you have to hold your breath? Presumably the first Muslim in low orbit will need some kind of motorized zero-G prayer harness with automatic Mecca-seeking action.

Quotes of the week

Alan Johnstone, BBC World Service: Israel’s population has grown by over 20% in the last ten years. Meanwhile, the Palestinian population is exploding. Mobile Radio Technology magazine: Losing the WTC [antenna] sites was like losing a personal friend… To see the WTC come down along with its 351-foot antenna mast made me feel sick. Tiger Direct online catalog: Glancing away from your computer screen, your unfocused eyes reveal a vision. Modular, innovative, advanced.

Never be rude to an Arab

One of the most popular hit singles in Egypt last year was I Hate Israel by Shaaban Abdel-Rahim. Sample lyrics, translated into English: I hate Israel and I love Ezrael [the Angel of Death] If he took the Jews he’d be a really cool guy. His new album has reportedly been banned, which kinda makes you wonder how much worse it must have been.