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A free master’s degree

BOY HAVE I got a deal for you!

Actually, I do.

It’s a free master’s degree in education.

No tuition.

No registration fees.

No classes to take, not even online.

No research papers to write.

No model lessons.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 November 2014 15:46 )

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View from Central Park

War over Jerusalem

I CONSIDER myself a Yerushalmit, a citizen of Jerusalem. Jerusalem is the city that raised me. For any Jew, when terror lives on and Jerusalem is under attack, it is painful, for the city is a symbol of our one and only home as a people. Even more so, when it’s literally been one’s home. The boiling kettle that is the possibility of an intifada brewing in Jerusalem — more than brewing at this point — has just sparked twice more. It is scary to think of where this is all leading. We h...
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View from Central Park

Name calling

EVEN if the Prime Minister of Israel were the biggest incompetent loser around, it would still be inappropriate for a senior US government official to publicly engage in name calling against him. After all, Benjamin Netanyahu is not a private citizen. He is the prime minister of the State of Israel, a leader of the Jewish people. Basic respect should be a given. But Tuesday, in The Atlantic, an unnamed senior source in the Obama administration sank to low, obscene name calling. The subject was ...

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 October 2014 08:36 )

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Reflections

The perfect time

My mother called last night when I was out. Her voice on the answering machine sounded somewhat depressed but the message belied her tone. “Hello darling, this is Mom. I’m calling with some good news. “We’ve turned the clocks back an hour so there’s only a two-hour time difference between us now. Isn’t that wonderful? Call me back soon.” Upon hearing my 89-year-old mother’s words, I immediately sensed that her message was merely a cover-up for the things she couldn’t say, eit...
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View from Central Park

Tipping point

UNFORTUNATELY this past week’s mikveh scandal involving the accused Rabbi Barry Freundel is another in a chain of scandals that has been creeping upon the Orthodox Jewish community, painfully with all too much frequency. Sadly, I know that other denominations in Judaism are riddled with their own share of scandals. Being Orthodox, though, I am more familiar with and — for better or for worse — feel more affected when the scandals are from within the Orthodox community. The Freundel scanda...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:31 )

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