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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...

Virtual travel

Are you suffering from cabin fever? Were you forced to cancel travel plans this summer? Being in Colorado, a beautiful getaway is never far away, but that’s different...

Regrettable milestone

The US hit a milestone this week that made me wince. For the first time in 17 years, a federal execution was carried out. There are many reasons to oppose the death...

Redskins

Like many Jews, I’m a traditionalist at heart. But sorry, Tevye, even I can recognize when tradition is used as an excuse to continue bad practices. I’m also a huge...

Big bad wolf?

One of the privileges — or burdens, depending on one’s point of view — of being Swiss is voting up to four times yearly. Switzerland is often held up as the model...

Jewish ‘privilege’

I get worried when people talk about Jews having white privilege. The IJN recently ran an article with black Jews expressing how other Jews could support them, and a...

What’s changed in 40 years?

With the library still closed, my evenings continue to be filled with nostalgic childhood re-reads. As I finished the latest one, I said to myself: “This could never...

‘Because science’

“Because science” is possibly the most facile rejoinder I’ve heard repeated throughout this pandemic. The people who utter this phrase are under the false...

Powder keg

The fuse was ready to be lit. Months of lockdown; economic contraction; uncertainty about the future. As evidenced by earlier anti-lockdown protests and Capitol...