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More like a flashing sign

The older I get, the more I understand about how painful a place the biblical ir miklat, the city of refuge, or sanctuary city, was. According to the Book of Numbers,...

Righteous Gentiles

I was heartened to read that the Swiss government is formally honoring Carl Lutz, its vice consul in Budapest at the end of the Holocaust. Lutz set up safe houses across...

48 Ways to Acquire Torah: Way #2

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.”  This week: Way #2, “Attentive Listening” Every single Jew...

Natalie Portman, meet David Grossman

Sometimes a cluster of unrelated events transpiring in close succession seem to have an invisible dialogue all its own. This past week seems to have been just such a...

Pure guts, all glory

It was glorious. For almost exactly three weeks to the day, Colorado reveled in playoff fever. It began the night Passover ended, when, by the skin of their teeth, the...

The anti-Semitism test

What’s going on in the British Labour Party is deeply disturbing. I lived in Britain for many years and feel a strong affinity to the country. It’s still my fantasy...

48 ways to acquire Torah: Way #1

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” For the next 48 weeks, I shall address each of these ways. This...

For all these . . .

Celebrating Israel’s 70th from afar is, for me, indeed, bittersweet. Not too far off, I hope to be able to live the words of hashiveini v’ashuva el ha-aretz ha-tova,...

Right call?

Sometimes my decision not to join Facebook personally is vindicated. For example, when it’s revealed that tens of millions of Facebook users’ data was shared with an...

Just when you thought things in Syria could not get any worse

Mass population transfer The way Middle East expert Mordechai Kedar paints it, the last thing Israel has to worry about in Syria is a major Iranian military presence...