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What’s in a name?

If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear, did it make a sound? Here are some contemporary variants on that classic philosophical quandary: If honey is...

Overlap

I. Striking images! The Pillar of Cloud and Pillar of Fire that guided the ancient Israelites in the Sinai desert were distinct and disjunct. One by day, one by night....

Tips to avoid flying snafus

I thought it couldn’t get worse than not receiving my luggage until the night before my return flight. That’s what happened when I flew to Azerbaijan. The drama...

Israel resolved its refugee problem

Danny Danon, Israeli’s ambassador to the UN, wants to introduce a new resolution to the General Assembly on behalf of 850,000 forgotten Jews who were forced to flee...

Uncle Tom

What if Uncle Tom was not an Uncle Tom? What if the derogatory connotation was born not only after the novel (1852), but even after the end of slavery? We look at the...

Bloomberg’s wealth and anti-Semitism

This week America got another Jewish candidate, as well as another billionaire, in the Democratic 2020 presidential race. The entry of former New York City Mayor and...

Nativism

Confession: I haven’t watched one minute of the impeachment proceedings. I’m old enough to remember the last impeachment and I figure I’ve given enough hours of my...

Yes, directly, Moses speaks to me

More venerable than the Kaddish, older than the Haggadah, earlier than Chanukah and Purim. A sense of Jewish history connects a Jew to his roots. It can also cloud...

Settlements: Israeli Jews vs. American Jews

When Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this week that the US no longer considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank to be in violation of international law,...

A small donation, a large meditation

Browsing Facebook this week I came across a gofundme fundraiser, posted by someone I know, an observant Jewish man. It was for someone he personally knows, a single...