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Alexander Solzhenitsyn

In many ways, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who passed away this week, was the perfect personification of Russia itself, which Winston Churchill once famously called “a...

False simplicities

In our last two entries we’ve talked about terrorism in general and Iran specifically. Comments have been made and opinions strongly stated. In response to our...

‘Laila Lavan’

A few weeks ago, Tel Aviv pulled an all-nighter. Every summer, the municipality of Tel Aviv puts on Laila Lavan (White Night), during which the city is alive with free...

Siyyum

Aba. Such a simple word. Made up of the first two letters of the alphabet. Aleph-Bet-Aleph. And yet . . . so much in the space of those two letters. Of this simple word....

Ehud Olmert never got it

In the announcement of his pending resignation, Israel Prime minister Ehud Olmert blamed everybody but himself. Where he succeeded, the credit goes to him and his...

Obama has a right to the privacy of his prayers

Imagine you are at the Western Wall. You slip a tiny scrap of paper between the sacred stones and leave, confident that no one will try to read the joys or struggles of...

The shame of the Beijing Olympics

China hosts the Olympics and every moral voice, or potential moral voice, rolls over and plays dead. Or falls silent. Or turns indifferent. Pick your metaphor or mixed...

Reasonable wars

In our most recent entry we explored the idea of Israel attacking an Iranian nuclear power plant. We’ve been following up on the issue, reading articles and...

Three strikes, but who’s out?

These past weeks — not that it’s atypical — Israel is dominating the headlines. If it’s not about the soldier swap, it’s about Obama’s visit....

Damned if you . . . damned if you don’t

To read the Israeli news of the prisoner exchange is to read and cry. What a dark day. Truly, a day of mourning and grief. It seems like the official three week period...