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The push for schism

Jonathan Weisman doesn’t understand much about the nature of modern anti-Semitism. But Weisman, an editor at The New York Times and author of a remarkably obtuse book...

Muscle memory

About once a decade I go through a knitting phase. I first learned the skill in college from a friend’s mother. About 10 years later I picked it up again in Zurich....

An apology is not enough

We all place a great deal of expectation in our doctors. There is a certain trust that we have in members of the medical profession. As patients, oftentimes, when we are...

48 Ways to Acquire the Torah: Way #34

Pirkei Avot, “Ethics of the Fathers,” states in chapter 6:6: “The Torah is acquired in 48 ways.” This week: Way #34, “Shunning honors” Who and what...

Illegal in Israel

They call it the world’s oldest profession. I don’t know that it is. Perhaps agriculture, midwifery or slavery would, in fact, meet the definition. It doesn’t...

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...