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View from Central Park

Jewish penicillin

Brrr . . . it’s cold out there! We’re experiencing a cold snap here back East. While I am usually pleased with my first floor apartment across from Central Park,...

Herod . . . Trump . . .  Trumpeldor

As a gesture of gratitude to Trump being the first US president to acknowledge the reality of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Israel Katz, Israel’s minister of...

Non-stop clicks

This past week a video of IDF soldiers on duty in an Arab village went viral. In the unfortunate video, you see teens provoking the Israel Defense Forces soldiers....

Not a potato latke in sight. What is this?

Initially, I had noble literary plans as a Chanukah project for this year’s holiday. Going with the theme of “light,” I thought it would be interesting to compile...

Light over might

CHANUKAH 5778 SECTION E PAGE 23 For eight days, at twilight, we will be kindling in the darkness, our windows ablaze in light. Since we were very little, we were raised...

‘P is for Palestine’ and ‘I’ is for . . . 

This week in my neighborhood on the Upper West Side there was a bit of a brouhaha. A new “children’s” book has been published by someone named Golbarg Bashi,...

The origin of strife

Historically, it is in this week’s Torah portion of Toldot that is the Genesis of so much of the conflict in the world. After 20 years of childlessness, Rebecca has...

A different New York Marathon

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, when people jogged or ran, it was mostly for the utilitarian purpose of staying fit; running was exercise. In the last number of years I...

A day of mourning

Every year, as the yahrzeit of Yitzhak Rabin rolls around, subconsciously I feel some level of discomfort and tension. Like every other Israeli, and many Jews the world...

The library

Phew. I’m glad to know the beloved library has not been sworn off. For me, the library has always held a soft spot in my heart. Books and a love of reading have been...