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As far as the eye can see

When I think of Chanukah in Jerusalem, I think of the fiery winter sunsets. Like a perfect magical signal that it’s time for kindling the Chanukah lamps, comes...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #29

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #29, “Being beloved” The Kotzker Rebbe said:...

‘Sobibor’

Many summers ago, I was visiting a friend in the beautiful rocky village of Roccagorga, Italy. Her husband, a local, told me that in the same café where we were sat...

Pro-BDS Congressional Democrats post threat to Jews, Israel

The election of Ilhan Omar to the House of Representatives has stirred fears that the Democratic Party is turning against Israel. Omar, who will represent Minnesota in...

The loathsome symbol

What a painful week. “The Times, They Are A-Changin’,” as the famous lyrics by Bob Dylan go. The ugly tentacles of anti-Semitism have been coming out from all...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #28

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #28, “Claim no credit” An old joke runs like...

‘Mem’

I’ve been thinking a lot about “Mem,” the heroic Lt. Col. who was killed in a top secret intelligence gathering mission in Gaza, whose name is under military gag...

A memoir of Iraq

If you’re looking for a book about Iraq in the 20th century, pick up Late for Tea at the Deer Palace. Through a memoir of her family, Tamara Chalabi tells the story of...

Election ’18

Like many others, I spent most of Tuesday evening tracking midterm election results. Some preliminary thoughts: • • • In a relatively short period of time,...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #27

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #27, “Have a filter” The connotation here is...