Last night I was reading the New York Times online and saw the following headline: Frum Forced Out At Conservative Institute.
Maybe Iâ€™m crazy, but my first thought was, â€œSince when does the Times cover internal Jewish politics?â€ Also, which Conservative Institute? Also, how can the Times assume we know what frum means? Also, why is this news worthy of the front page of the Times?
So I clicked on the article, and hereâ€™s the lede:
Updated: Over the past week, David Frum, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative research organization, has emerged as one of the leading critics of the way Republicans dealt with President Obamaâ€™s health care bill.
It turns out this is a story about a guy named David Frum ($50 says heâ€™s a Jew) getting forced out of a conservative think tank. I donâ€™t know why, but I’m really relieved. I was thinking, once JTS insider politics makes front page headlines, the Conservative Movement is in really bad shape.
Pronounced: FROOM (oo as in hook), Origin: Yiddish, devout or pious, generally used to identify someone as Orthodox, or strictly observant of Jewish law.