Monthly Archives: August 2004

Judy and Lee Caligor

Judith and Leopold Caligor, basically my adopted grandparents, were killed this last Thursday when run over as they crossed a highway after dinner. They died as they lived–together, united, as one before the universe. They were 76 and 82, respectively.
Being raised an ocean away from my biological grandparents, Judy and Lee more than filled that role–celebrating with me birthdays, holidays and vacations.
More than anything else, however, they were teachers. Judy and Lee Caligor taught me the importance of community and the ethics of Judaism. At their funeral, seeing the hundreds of people who they touched personally and deeply with their loving kindness, I realize that the Beatles were almost right when they wrote: “And in the end, the love you take, is equal to the love you make.” Almost, because such is not the case. The truth is that even in their passing, they did not take any love out of this world. Our love for them burns on, and their memories will forever be blessed.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Israeli Spy?

Honest Reporting reports that Larry Franklin, the supposed “high level spy working for Israel in the pentagon,” as some reports have billed him, is not a Jew. Hope that takes care of the issue of dual loyalty, no matter how the case plays out.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Pentagon Scandal

Haaretz has great coverage of the pentagon scandal, first with straight news and then analysis. I think this paragraph is the bottom line:

Israeli sources assume Franklin fell victim to power struggles in the Pentagon, between the professional level and the political appointments of the “neocons.” The probe against him and its leaking were intended to weaken the political group, whose image was already tainted by the entanglement in Iraq.

What’s for sure is that this certainly will exasperate the already rampant accusations of dual loyalty.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Getting the Gold

Josh Harvey has a good amount of posts on Israel’s gold medal win. Nice stuff.
Maybe that’s why Iran was afriad of competing against Israel. By the way, does anyone know what’s up with that?

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Guess No Liveblogging

Right, so the Universal City Hilton did not have wireless in the conference rooms–they did in the lobby but for pay–so I was prevented from bringing to you live the 20-Something Think Tank.
You did not miss much. It was anything but a think tank–more like a glorified focus group and recruitment week-end. But more on that later.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

An End and a Beginning

I’m done with Jewish Impact Films, which I ended with a 39 race to the finish in which I worked on 5 spots in various positions–from gaffer to grip to photographer to director–and moving on to the 20 Something Think Tank, a conference of young interested Jewish activists also in Los Angles.
I will definetly post links to my films when they are ready, and am preparing to live-blog from the 20 Somethings conference, if the hotel is modern enough to have wireless internet access.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Ethics of Ultimate Ends

Just to work on a Max Weber saying, the Likud party has certainly given up their ethics of responsibility in favor of their ethics of ultimate ends.
Potentially tying Sharon’s hands by voting against national unity talks with the Labor party was not stupid, in my eyes, but malicious. No, I do not think there is one simple solution to the problems of the Middle East–so I don’t think that disengagement is the only way to go. But to not create a national unity government during these times of transition–as the fence is built and the international community’s voice is rising against it–is to step on the State’s feet when it needs decisiveness.

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized