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People don’t exist anymore

Have you noticed? “People” don’t exist anymore. I do not recall a single instance in which President Obama referred to “people.” He always preferred...

Whoever dies with the most fonts wins

“Whoever dies with the most fonts wins.” This adorned a poster by a former IJN graphics designer. I was  reminded of this when I heard a recent pitch on the radio...

Mosul’s anguish — and our own

I recoil. And I am not even there. Mosul, finally liberated. ISIS, finally robbed of virtually all of its territory. ISIS’ caliphate, dead. “Islamic State in...

The intergenerational Bar Mitzvah

Bar and Bat Mitzvahs are intergenerational, something I grasped but obliquely at my own Bar Mitzvah. My Bar Mitzvah was about me. I was the one who worked hard, who...

No more ‘greatest generation’ — why?

No “boots on the ground.” This is the assumption behind all American political, diplomatic and military policy. Why? Of course, there are American boots on the...

What is happening to our country?

What is happening to our country? Something much larger than a radical polarization  between left and right. Nazi analogies inevitably fail not only because, contra...

Too old to crawl like a rat into a dark hole

Everybody is talking about how the Six Day War changed Israel forever. It’s true, but it’s also not true. There is no better evidence for the enduring...

Every breath makes a difference

JERUSALEM — Every breath, every step, every word, every glance, every blessing recited, every mile traveled, every moment, makes a difference. In the Holy Land, every...

Self-repairing potholes

I can’t wait until self-driving cars dominate the roads, not because I want one myself. I actually like to drive and won’t let anybody take away my steering wheel,...

Speechless on Shavuos

Props. Rituals. Everywhere. Rosh Hashanah — shofar. Sukkos —  lulav, etrog, sukkah. Chanukah? Candles. Tu b’Shevat: trees. Passover: matzah. The Jewish calendar...