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Israel through the camera lens

This was reposted on May 18, 2017 in honor of Jerusalem Day and the IJN‘s special commemorative section. It was originally published on Feb. 14, 2014 When you hear...

Jerusalem-ness accompanies me

I missed being born in Jerusalem by one year. We moved there when I was a year old. My birthplace is Boston. But I always felt I was “of Jerusalem,” or, as one would...

June, 1967: I.T. and I rode the crest

“I. T.,” I called my best friend in college. I.T. and I had quite a reputation for activism, having (among other projects) saved the JTS library after it suffered a...

Reunified Jerusalem at 50

Russia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. No predicted dire consequences ensue. Trump should follow suit. If not now, when? The IJN has published a...

Crematorium in Syria

The Trump administration reports on the existence of a crematorium in Syria. To burn human bodies — opponents of the Assad regime. Trump released the satellite...

A scene from Roald Dahl's The Twits, as illustrated by Quentin Blake.

Twits

The other day, as I was typing “Twitter” into Google, I had a random thought: What would Roald Dahl make of tweeting? Why specifically Dahl? Because he wrote a book...

Example #2

Hyperbole watch

Hyperbole is a natural bedfellow of politics, which makes liberal use of rhetorical devices. Exaggeration is effective. It stimulates emotional responses, again,...

Bar Goodies

A few weeks back, as I was reading an op-ed in The New York Times, my temperature began to rise. Here is the opening sentence: “Having spent the last 15 years in an...

A scoundrel with a Torah license

Last week’s Torah portion famously commands, “You shall be holy, because I the L-rd your G-d am holy.” What is holiness? On the spot, the Torah gives no clue. We...

Hubris and the ‘new’ Hamas

President Donald Trump’s optimism about Middle East peace might be justified. Perhaps Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ pledge that he will be a...