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Trump, anti-Semitism, the mainstream press

I am not one to usually dip into politics. Certainly this past election, more contentious than any other in my life, I would want to stay away from even more strongly....

Keyboard with a built-in printer

I have always loved movies about writing or writers, as well as about teachers. For the most part, these have been my two fields, so I hold an affectionate feeling for...

Abortion

With the recent rekindling of the abortion discussion, I have surprised myself on the topic. Legally speaking, the pro-choice position is compatible with Jewish law, or...

Lessons from my grandmother

In this day and age, or rather “new age” of egocentric and insatiable navel gazing and blogging, where the conventional wisdom of the day are clichés and catch...

Foaming at the mouth

Today is a complex, if difficult and sad day, for Israel. Some in Israeli society are calling it a Black Day. At the other end of the spectrum, it is touted as a Victory...

Graveyard of our enemies

It started with the disturbing UN resolution that, by America’s calculated abstention, disgracefully allowed to pass. “Abstain.” It sounds harmless. But it was...

Kaiserschmarrn

I’ve had a funny relationship with the German language. On the one hand, because of our history in WW II I used to get the heebie-jeebies when I heard German. For...

We have failed ourselves

This Aleppo tragedy is in our faces. But it’s too late. The sickening horror of that is striking me and all of us deep in our bellies. Because of advanced technology...

Do not uproot the planted

When I was an elementary school student growing up in Israel, I was part of a strong, idealistic, nationalist Zionist community. “Merkaz Harav” (referring to the...

Bad fires, good people

As we’ve all been watching in horror as the fires spread across Israel, we’ve also been grateful. Especially our community, touched so personally by the loss of...