- This week brought sad news of the passing of TV icon Mary Tyler Moore. Read how her shows turned the world on to fully imagined Jewish characters.
- Big news from Israel this week: they are moving toward decriminalizing cannabis use.
- On the other hand, the ultra-Orthodox Shas party has introduced a bill that would lead to the jailing of the Women of the Wall and others who try to pray at the Kotel in a manner not authorized by the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate. Read the Woman of the Wall's response and sign a petition for Prime Minister Netanyahu.
- See also my latest Jewish Week column, "The Elephant in the Room" looks at the demise of Ringling Bros. Circus, which saw attendance decline once they succumbed to pressures brought on by animal rights groups over their treatment of elephants. Contrast this to the success of elephant-free Cirque du Soleil, which expanded to a Broadway musical this month. Ringling Bros.' demise is further proof that the power of the purse can prove decisive in asserting values of mutual respect, a reverence for innocence and an unconditional love for the most vulnerable among us. Even for the elephant in the room.