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Inherent evil

It has become nearly impossible to view anything about Germany between the two world wars without taking into account WW II. An example are the war reparations required...

Anne Frank's Diary: The Graphic Adaptation

Graphic adaptation

Graphic novel is a powerful medium, highlighted by Art Spiegelman’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus. I’ve found that illustrative material can be far more traumatic and...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #33

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #33, “Loving integrity” If I love integrity...

Can you hear my voice?

With the tragic blow of the death of Rona Ramon, a blanket of great sadness fell upon all of Israel. It all came rushing back . . . watching the heartbreaking, live news...

Sobriquets

Lest we think that politics have only recently become uncivil, a gander through the history books puts us right. I’ve been collecting epithets used to describe...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #32

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #32, “Loving reproof” Who likes to be told...

Birthday thoughts

Today is my 65th birthday. It would also have been the 100th birthday of my father, who passed away on Sept. 18, 2018, erev Yom Kippur, just four months prior to his...

‘Semite,’ ‘anti-Semitism’: two different things

The dowager queen of Jordan, Noor Al Hussein, tweeted: “#Semite. Definition from Merriam-Webster dictionary. How it has been coopted for so long to exclude all but one...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #31b

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #31(b), “Loving acts of charity” The list of...

One day a pacifist, one day a warmongerer

Maybe you thought that the discovery of tunnels built by Hezbollah under the border between Lebanon and Israel would generate a full-scale debate about the deadly nature...