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Horse-trading

When decrying democracy, a line often heard is that Hitler was elected democratically. While that is true, many who say it may not understand how Hitler democratically...

Searching for family on the Mount of Olives

On a cold and windy day in February, I drove an hour and a half from Haifa to Jerusalem in search of my great-great-grandfather, Rabbi Moshe Yehudah Franco. I had...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #43

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #43, “Listening and Adding.” “Asking and...

The price Esther paid

With Purim two weeks away, its spirit is already in the air. Costume planning, mishloach manot prep, hamantaschen baking and Purim banquet menus, all underway. Of...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #42

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #42, “Asking and Answering.” Ask others, ask...

Abbas’ popularity alters Israeli politics

It was a rough week for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He saw his main opponents join forces. The Blue and White Party that resulted from this merger...

Direct democracy

Over the past few months I’ve been thinking about democracy. I don’t think I can condense my thoughts into one Snapshot, so this will be a short series. But I can...

Wall to wall

With a clean conscience, I was always able to believe, and say, that the rare act of violence by an Israeli Jew was condemned wall to wall across Israeli society; that...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #41

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #41, “Being at Peace in One’s Torah...

The continuing journey of parenting

The parenting journey is a long and arduous one that requires more physical stamina than Superman, more psychological expertise than Freud and the financial resources of...