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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...

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...

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...

Better than royalty

The pithy commentator George Will had a great column this week in the Washington Post (reprinted in the Denver Post). The premise was simple: Would you rather live...

Why and how Trump is acting against Iran

When the Obama administration managed to avoid a congressional vote on its nuclear deal with Iran in the fall of 2015, courtesy of a Democratic Senate filibuster, the...

They’re studying me for $750,000

Unfortunately, I don’t get any of the money. Maybe not to Donald Trump, but to the rest of us, $750,000 is a lot of money. It’s being used to study me. It’s an...

Dying breed?

They say we’re a dying breed. Journalists, that is, although technically speaking I am not one — I just work in the field. (Can you imagine an unlicensed doctor...