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Beautiful words cheapened

What happened to those beautiful words? I miss them. I mourn them. They are still with us, to be certain, but their meaning has been cheapened, thinned, eviscerated....

Where is Bethlehem? Not a trivial matter

There’s no escaping controversy any time that Israel or the Palestinians are mentioned. That’s a lesson the producers, writers and star of the long-running...

Iranian protesters deserve better — from us

It’s a study in contradictions. The extremist progressive youth of the American University. And the extremist progressive youth of the Iranian university. Both groups...

Iran needs a Gorbachev

Will an Iranian Gorbachev stand up? To historians of the Soviet Union, the pivotal figure in ending the Cold War was Mikhail Gorbachev. Coming after decades of...

Homelessness

Maybe I lived in Europe for too long, but I no longer see a problem with making homelessness illegal. I’m curious: Were any members of City Council, or the Mayor, in...

To blame Trump for anti-Semitism is an evasion

Just to clear the air: I believe that President Trump is a terrible role model in the way he speaks about people. He is demeaning and insulting, even to widows and the...

Like a moth to the flame

It began as a typical Christmas Eve. To borrow from Elana Kagan: “Like most Jews, I was at a Chinese restaurant.” This year Christmas Eve fell on the third night of...

From halva to ma’amoulim

When I was growing up in Jerusalem, Israel was practically a third world country. Since then, remarkably, Israel has leap frogged into today’s “Startup Nation.”...

Guilty until proven guilty

And when did you stop beating your wife? In other words, you are guilty not only before you are convicted, but even before you are charged. As in: If I indulge in free...

The price of entertainment

“Are you not entertained?” Thus Maximus confronted a rapt Roman audience in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator,” after handily defeating his opponents in the Colosseum....