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Bad news at Brandeis

Bad news at Brandeis

I AM really worried about the recent controversy at Brandeis University. Ambassador of Israel Michael Oren was invited to be the keynote speaker at the commencement, next week. The way his invitation is being protested, the way this choice is being condemned by some — if I did not know who Oren is, I would think the reaction is to Ahmadinejad, the Holocaust denier president of Iran when he was invited to speak at Columbia University.

Michael Oren has been referred to as a “rogue state apologist,” a “defender of war crimes and human rights abuses.”

Come on, Michael Oren?! Politically, you probably can’t get more squarely centrist than he!

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:36 )

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View From Denver

Shavuot — something real, but not concrete

SOMETHING real, but not concrete. It went like this. Jacob M. Charlop, later known as a great man, found himself somewhat ill when he was 19. Doctors advised that he spend a few days bathing in the Mediterranean Sea. So he descended from Jerusalem to Jaffa. The year was around 1905. The time was a few days before Shavuot, the holiday which is real, but without concrete ritual props. On Shavuot, the young Charlop entered the local shul — it must have been small; this was long before the gre...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:37 )

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Dear Tzviling

The $20 gift

Dear Tzviling, Last Sunday, I treated my mother to a five-course gastronomania at the local deli. I read that you do not believe in Mother’s Day. Please tell me it’s not true. Bewildered (sent by e-mail) Dear Bewildered, I do believe in Mother’s Day, but to me, every day is Mother’s Day. I don’t believe in waiting until Mother’s Day to remember.

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:37 )

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View from Central Park

That radio recording from 1967

BY now, it has become a ritual. Every year, on Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day), I download and listen to the radio broadcast of the recapture of the Old City of Jerusalem by Col. Motta Gur and his forces. I close my eyes and picture myself squished like a sardine, in the dark, in the bomb shelter of 108/17 with all of our neighbors, imagining listening to this radio broadcast for the first time, amidst war, as an adult. Of course, I wasn’t yet born in 1967, and didn’t actually live throug...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:38 )

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View From Denver

Who is a minority?

I DON’T remember the year. Maybe it’s 2030 or maybe 2050. That’s the year when the Caucasian race is predicted to become a minority in the US. Upon reading this projection, I, a Caucasian, asked myself: What will it feel  like to be a minority in this country? Over the past few months, I’ve said to myself. I do not need to wait until 2030 (or whenever). I already know. I don’t have to be a statistical minority in order to feel like one. Like my Dad used to say, “I don’t want to b...

Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 07:38 )

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