THE JEWISH PRESS
TRUST the Jewish News to drop the ball. The newspaper carries a prominent headline lauding the Israeli football team as England’s “saviours” for beating Russia. It goes on to describe England’s “second chance” for Euro 2008 qualification and cites then-manager Steve McClaren as “the most relieved man of all”.
It seems blissfully unaware that England actually crashed out of Euro 2008 by losing to Croatia. Red card.
Hamodia interviews the Chief Rabbi of Israel, tackling such thorny issues as establishing conversion in law.
“The matter of conversion is wide open,” Rabbi Shlomo Amar tells the religious paper.
“Tomorrow the minister in charge can acknowledge Reform conversions, and no one will stop him. For this reason, I am fighting with all my strength to have conversion defined by law. This would solve many problems, present and future.” Watch out for fireworks.
And are Jewish babies seeking a subtle revenge? The Jewish Tribune reports an incident in Jerusalem in which a sandek — the man who holds the baby during a circumcision — was injured during a brit milah.
Rav Sholom Yosef Eliashiv’s hand was cut by the mohel’s knife and required stitches. Despite concern for the heavy bleeding and his age, the rabbi is said to be “recovering well”.