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The life of Ahmed Jibril

The Talmud says that after a person dies, G-d judges a person based on these questions: Did you deal honestly in financial matters? Did you fix times for Torah study?...

Critical race theory — why?

Am I missing something? I attended Denver Public Schools, K-12, 1951-1964. We learned about the Civil War. We lived in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. We...

Where were you on July 14, 1920?

Where were you on July 14, 1920? Probably not at “the largest Jewish gathering ever held in this city” [Denver], where Jews and gentiles rejoiced “that the Peace...

Jewish electricity

Paranoia. Lazy thinking. Racism. Jewish chauvinism. Choose your nouns. Choose your synonyms for the idea that the Israel-Palestinian conflict is beyond politics. Beyond...

Life under the rock

I must confess, life under the rock is quite comfortable. Another story in this week’s IJN begins, “Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely...

Another Hamas-Israel war is inevitable

Not a single cause of the recent war between Hamas and Israel has been removed, or is even planned to be removed. Without radical change in Gaza, another Hamas-Israel...

A lonely creation

G-d is one. As a representation of G-d, the number 1 is unique, but there is a human corollary of G-d’s oneness: aloneness. When I am alone in prayer, Iam […]

Don’t think

One cause of the corruption of our political discourse is the routinization of words or phrases that pass for reality but mask a malady: the absence of thought. Three...

In search of inner peace: Psalms 131

Psalms 131 is my favorite psalm. It is only three verses long. It grabs my gut because, at least the way I read the psalm, it addresses this fundamental of […]

COVID vaccinations for children?

I am vaccinated and am happy I am vaccinated. I encouraged everyone I know to get vaccinated. I would say the same for children if — and it’s apparently an