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In 100 years, everything — and nothing — changed

I am one who still tingles at anniversaries — overcome by gratitude or chastened in horror, depending on the anniversary, and, in both cases, feeling that by knowing...

‘P is for Palestine’ and ‘I’ is for . . . 

This week in my neighborhood on the Upper West Side there was a bit of a brouhaha. A new “children’s” book has been published by someone named Golbarg Bashi,...

The court Jew

My first exposure to Jud Süß was through the eponymous Nazi propaganda film, which I watched as part of an undergraduate course entitled “Dreams and Nightmares: The...

Underground and overground: medicine in Haifa

Underground medicine. It’s not what you might think it is. Not experimental drugs with outsized promise and undersized evidence. Not far-out therapies for people sick...

The origin of strife

Historically, it is in this week’s Torah portion of Toldot that is the Genesis of so much of the conflict in the world. After 20 years of childlessness, Rebecca has...

Odd (wo)man out

I’m not going to lie: I was a little apprehensive about going to JEWISHcolorado’s Men’s Event. Me, a woman, at the largest gathering of Jewish men west of the...

One + one ≠ two

Any writer for a public forum naturally wishes his work to be read as widely as possible. Although I know it is unrealistic, I would urge those with one or more living...

Cultivating pride and identity in a foreign land

Brazil was nothing like I had expected. Lush, bustling and diverse, it was a thriving country of varied landscapes and cultures. My family’s primary reason for going...

A different New York Marathon

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, when people jogged or ran, it was mostly for the utilitarian purpose of staying fit; running was exercise. In the last number of years I...

Midnight Furies by Nisid Hajari

Partition

The British were awful. That’s my major takeaway from Midnight Furies, a book about the 1947 partition of India. Like with Palestine, when the British realized that...