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Can only a black person explain the black experience

Can only a black person explain the black experience? Can only a Jew explain the Jewish experience? Can only an Arab explain Arab culture? Alexandra Duncan certainly...

Sacrificial lambs

When it comes to COVID, are we really following the science? It’s starting to seem to me that instead we’re just moving the goalposts. When a metric is reached, we...

How to help a failed state?

Last week’s disaster in Beirut epitomizes everything that is wrong with Lebanon. But we didn’t have to wait for an investigation into the explosion at the Beirut...

A welcome summer delight

In anticipation of the coronavirus lockdown ending, I had called around to some local farms, planning to go berry picking as soon as I was able. After being in a...

Take me back to the salamis

Our news brief last spring about the young Ms. Myla Clemetsen selling 3,636 boxes of Girl Scout cookies brought me back to the old salami days. The BMH synagogue, in its...

Coincidences

She opened her copy of The New York Times and I watched as her face turned pale. On the front page of the Metro section was a full-page picture captioned, “An...

Compassion for the victims in Lebanon

Watching the smoke engulfed scenes from the Beirut Port are heartbreaking. So many theories about the chemistry of what may have triggered this ammonium nitrate...

Thirteen middot

Every seven-and-a-half years, with the celebration of the completion of Daf Yomi, that is, learning all 63 Talmudic tractates, I am reminded of an observation made by...

Today’s shantytown

Practically to the date last year, I wrote a column, “Homeless problem.” It could be reprinted, verbatim, as nothing has changed. I take that back; it’s gotten far...

When a family is divided by politics

Few things are sadder than when a family is divided by politics. But when it happens because of outside pressure and false accusations that threaten to destroy the...