A couple more thoughts on the election.
In the euphoria about what it means that America is inclusive enough to elect an African-American president, there was one blot on the record. In three states, ballot initiatives were approved by voters that ban same-sex marriage. I'm having trouble finding the texts of the initiatives in California, Florida, and Arizona. So I don't know if or how they apply to "civil unions." As a rabbi who consecrates same-sex unions, I see this as a civil rights issue. I have many gay and lesbian friends who feel shut out at least a bit from the celebration. There is work to do, and I hope at least that the breaking of one barrier will help with the other.
People continue to ask about Obama and Israel. One interesting item: Rahm Emanuel, who may become Obama's chief of staff, is Jewish. As you can read here, Obama's close friend and chief strategist David Axelrod signed the ketubah at Emanuel's wedding. The article also mentions a colleague, Rabbi Jack Moline, who used to study regularly with Emanuel at the Clinton White House. I'm pretty sure that Rahm's son's bris took place at the White House as well. More on Emanuel's day school background and links to Israel here; and also in the Jerusalem Post. (The Orthodox rabbi mentioned in the Post article is a friend of mine and a real mensch.) None of this proves anything about Obama, other than that he has many close advisers whose commitment to Israel is well-known.