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The Bintel Blog is the Forward?s signature Web log on religion, culture, current affairs and Jewish life. The blog?s name is inspired by the Bintel Brief, the Forward?s legendary advice column. Launched in 1906 by Forward editor Abraham Cahan, the Bintel Brief ? literally a ?Bundle of Letters? ? helped waves of Yiddish-speaking Jewish immigrants find their footing in 20th-century American life.

But the Bintel Brief was more than just an advice column. It was a two-way conduit that fostered interaction between Forward readers and staff, one of the many editorial features that helped make the Jewish Daily Forward more than just a newspaper ? that built a real community of readers.

Similarly, the Bintel Blog, this 21st-century bundle of blog posts, will be a cyberspace conduit fostering a dynamic engagement between the Forward and its readers. In coming weeks, we will activate the Bintel Blog?s commenting feature, inviting our readers to join the conversation.

The Bintel Blog houses new versions of two classic Forward features ? both reader-generated:

Recent Posts:

Child Nutrition Seders Fight Hunger

Ten O’clock in the morning might be a little early for a Passover Seder, especially if one intends to drink all four glasses of wine. But this was a Seder with a cause, and for dozens of Capitol Hill staffers, anti-hunger activists and students, its seemed just right.

Eric Cantor to the Forward: Administration Is 'Bullying Israel'

The lone Jewish Republican in Congress is taking the Obama administration to task over its latest spat with the Israeli government.

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor phoned White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on March 15 — asking him to convey to his bosses the message that it is time to ease pressure on Israel.

Israeli Teens Say No to Arab Rights and Compliant Army Service

A new survey of Israeli high school students makes for depressing reading. When the Jewish sample was asked whether Arabs should have equal rights, some 49.5% said no.

An even higher percentage, 56%, said that Arabs should not have the right to run for office. Particularly alarming is that a repressive attitude towards Arabs and religious observance seem to go hand-in-hand. Looking just at the religious respondents from the Jewish sample, 82% said that Arabs should not have equal rights.

Israel’s New PR Scheme: Healthy Zionism or Sinister Stalinism?

So, Yuli Edelstein has decided to turn every Israeli in to an ambassador. As part of a new campaign called “Explaining Israel” he is putting out pamphlets, running television advertisements and operating a website asking citizens to get involved in a public diplomacy drive for Israel. “We decided to give Israelis who go abroad tools and tips to help them deal with the attacks on Israel in their conversations with people, media appearances and lectures before wide audiences,” Edelstein, Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister, told the Jerusalem Post close to the start of the campaign. “I hope we succeed together in changing the picture and proving to the world that there is a different Israel.”

Last week his office said that the campaign’s Web site Masbirim (“explainers”) received 150,000 hits in its first fortnight, and revealed that an English-language site is in the pipeline.

Israel’s New P.R. Scheme: Healthy Zionism or Sinister Stalinism?

Likud Knesset member Yuli Edelstein has decided to turn every Israeli in to an ambassador. As part of a new campaign called “Explaining Israel” he is putting out pamphlets, running television advertisements and operating a website asking citizens to get involved in a public diplomacy drive for Israel. “We decided to give Israelis who go abroad tools and tips to help them deal with the attacks on Israel in their conversations with people, media appearances and lectures before wide audiences,” Edelstein, Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister, told the Jerusalem Post close to the start of the campaign. “I hope we succeed together in changing the picture and proving to the world that there is a different Israel,” he said.

Last week his office said that the campaign’s website Masbirim (“explainers”) received 150,000 hits in its first fortnight, and revealed that an English-language site is in the pipeline.

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