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Math, art and Purim

I’ve always adored hamantaschen. Over the years, I’ve experimented here and there, but usually I stick to the traditional old-school fillings of mohn (poppyseed),...

Forgotten Land

Forgotten Land is about East Prussia, once the powerhouse of Imperial Germany, now a run-down Russian exclave, as well as parts of Eastern Poland and Western Lithuania....

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #44

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #44, “Studying in Order to Teach.” To study...

Bibi or Tibi?

He’s done it again. After being called out for allegedly employing racist incitement against Israeli Arabs during election campaigns, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

Electoral College

The electoral college has gotten a bad rap recently, but I for one think it’s a brilliant institution. Our founding fathers designed a way to elect our chief executive...

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...