An Anecdote from Senator Kennedy’s Memorial Service

I’ve spent quite a lot of time watching the events in Boston and Washington this weekend. Friday night, Senator Orrin Hatch brought me to tears as he spoke of his friend, Ted, at the memorial service that took place at the JFK Library and Museum.

At that same service, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick shared an story I had never heard. It’s about Sen. Kennedy bringing soil from his brothers’ graves to leave with Yitzhak Rabin after the Israeli Prime Minister’s assassination. The anecdote unfolds just about at the 1 hour, 10 minute mark of this video.

"A Great Friend of Israel": Senator Ted Kennedy, 1932-2009

Like so many others in the United States and around the world, I am mourning the loss of Ted Kennedy. I am proud to say that for a number of years, he was “my” senator, and I have been especially moved to see among the tributes and articles flowing through the Internet a number of items that touch on Kennedy’s attention to Israel and Jewish issues.

A few examples:

“Sen. Kennedy seen as giant on domestic issues, Soviet Jewry”

“U.S. Jews: Ted Kennedy’s death is a loss for the Jewish people”

Statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Brief Blogging Break

I’ll be sans Internet at home until the middle of next week, so I expect to be on a brief blogging break until then. Please enjoy the archived posts as well as the many links you’ll find on the right-hand side of the screen. Thanks for your patience–see you soon!

A shanda far die goyim

I can’t quite articulate how angry and depressed the shanda that is the Bernard Madoff story has made me. How anyone can defraud Elie Wiesel (ELIE WIESEL!!!), a foundation dedicated to facilitating bone marrow transplants (an especially sensitive subject with me at the moment since a good friend of mine is awaiting just such a transplant), and so many other individuals and organizations is simply beyond me.

I am keeping up with the devastating effects on Jewish charities, schools, and other nonprofit organizations through many outlets, including the eJewishPhilanthropy and JTA Fundermentalist blogs. And, as always, I am looking for commentary and insight via the ever-informed Jeffrey Goldberg.