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It is always nice to try to catch a glimpse of Sukkot in Israel. Be it a YouTube recording of the fleeting, holy and stirring moments of Birkat Cohanim, the Priestly Benediction at the Wailing Wall, or a splice of a joyous Simchat Beit Hashoeva melody bursting forth, there’s nothing quite like celebrating the High Holidays in Israel, especially Jerusalem.

This year was no different. The long distance inspiration, although not the same as experiencing it live, was there to nurture that yearning. But the image that captured us even more, sadly, was the now famous photo of the father and his two sons assaulted by a group of Arabs screaming, jeering: “Allahu Akbar.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 01 October 2015 11:25 )

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View From Denver

A new billionaire on the block

THERE’S A new billionaire on the block. Actually, it’s . . . me. After a lifetime of failing at every imaginable investment, I finally hit upon an idea that worked. Worked. As in, big time. As in, classical you can’t lose. You know those ads on the radio that say you will never lose a penny of your principal regardless of whether the market goes up or down — and you don’t call. Of course you don’t call. You know it’s a fake....
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Conservative Lens

Europe is making a fatal mistake

Allowing millions of Syrians and others from the Muslim Middle East into Europe will end up a catastrophe for Europe, and therefore for the West. This may be the most difficult sentence I have ever written. Little seems more obviously moral than to allow these beleagured Syrians, Iraqis and others to flee from hell into heaven. Therefore, arguing against allowing large numbers of them into Europe (and the US) seems to be advocating for something that is heartless and just morally wrong....
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The broken etrog

This summer I re-read one of my favorite Israeli authors, S. Y. Agnon. Of course, in order to receive the full delight and experience of this Nobel Laureate's writing, you need to read him in the original Hebrew, or at the very least in a proper translation. His mastery and affection for irony and contradiction are executed with the perfection of the craftsman par excellence that he is. His writings, almost like a Biblical commentary, are mutilayered with the obvious and the covert. His stories...
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And

AND I want you to know that there is a real problem out there, overtaking every facet of literature — high brow, low brow, middle brow, in print, online, Twitter, Facebook, non-fiction, everything. And I just can’t make my peace with it. And, I mean, it’s really disturbing to a person who at least aspires to write well and to read well. And to read well? And, yes indeed, it’s a pleasure to read something that is well written, even if it is only an objective news report. And I just can...
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