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The destruction of the First Temple, depicted by Francesco Hayez. (Wikipedia)

Tisha b’Av: Tracing tragedy, part two

Several years ago, in a post entitled “Tracing tragedy,” we explored the claim that national Jewish tragedies take place on Tisha b’Av, the Fast of Av, or within...

Rabbi David Lau, Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel, speaking in Berlin, Germany in 2013. (Sean Gallup/Getty)

Israel: Jewish but not religious?

Israel is and must continue to be a Jewish state, but does that mean it must be a religious state? We pose this question because Israel’s religious bodies, and how...

The Evening Standard on July 7, 2005. (Wikipedia)

Remembering 7/7

Twelve years ago, I was living in London, riding the rail into work like any other morning. About halfway through my journey to Blackfriars, I heard some grumblings —...

A Jewish bride prays at the gravesite of the Matriarch Sarah, in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. (Wikipedia)

Try as they might, UNESCO can’t change history

This isn’t the first time the Palestinians (and their brothers the Jordanians) through the vehicle of UNESCO, have tried to rebrand — wholesale — Jewish sites as...

How to eat in this heat

When it gets this hot out — let’s say 90º+ — what do you do about meals? There are a few issues: 1. Heat generated from cooking and especially baking; 2. Warm...

The logo of HR/IHL (Niras)

Accomplishing a Sisyphean task

Sometimes, if you fight the good fight long enough, you can have an impact – even in what seem like losing battles. Two recent topics come to mind, both involving...

Summer reading: The Awkward Age

How much should parents sacrifice for their kids — and vice versa — is the primary theme of Francesca Segal’s newest book, The Awkward Age (Penguin/Random House),...

Shavuot ice cream sandwiches

The origin of eating cheesecake is rooted in the custom of celebrating dairy, but somehow the cheesecake itself has become the tradition. Bucking the trend, in recent...

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...

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Hyperbole watch

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