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The miracle and the mourning

One of the most dramatic visual scenes in the Torah is that of the splitting of the Red Sea. To see nature reverse its natural course — rupturing a natural pattern of...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

Passing it on

Burton Kaplan had nine lives; alas, he did not have ten. I don’t know anyone else who ever fought more serious illnesses, and more types of serious illnesses, over a...

As far as the eye can see

When I think of Chanukah in Jerusalem, I think of the fiery winter sunsets. Like a perfect magical signal that it’s time for kindling the Chanukah lamps, comes...

The loathsome symbol

What a painful week. “The Times, They Are A-Changin’,” as the famous lyrics by Bob Dylan go. The ugly tentacles of anti-Semitism have been coming out from all...

‘Mem’

I’ve been thinking a lot about “Mem,” the heroic Lt. Col. who was killed in a top secret intelligence gathering mission in Gaza, whose name is under military gag...

Honored

Whenever election season rolls around, and especially election day itself, I know this sounds so corny — but I genuinely do get that feel-good democracy vibe. Not to...