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Oct 15, 2015, 1:55 PM
The New Hero
I’m generally hesitant to voice my opinion on political matters. Maybe it’s because I have this fear of reinventing the wheel or because of how difficult I find it to formulate a nuanced view on charged issues. Yet, recent...
Nov 4, 2013, 12:32 PM
The worst epidemic in Israel since the coming of the cats
I gasped at the cat infestation in Israel when I first moved here, and haven't managed to escape it no matter where I've moved. Apparently, the British shipped boatloads of cats into the country during the mandate period to combat a rat...
Oct 23, 2013, 10:42 AM
Low Voter Turnout – Who’s to Blame?
Riding in a taxi cab in Jerusalem late yesterday evening (on my way to a polling station), I asked the driver whether he had any update on the outcome of the Jerusalem mayoral election. He lowered the volume on the...
Oct 3, 2013, 4:39 PM
From Riches to Rags in Southern Tel Aviv
The southern area of Tel Aviv has been in and out of the Israeli news cycle in 2013. Headlines have highlighted an environment of crime and fear, overcrowded housing, inadequate infrastructure or, most likely, Israel’s migration woes. The picture...
Sep 20, 2013, 12:07 AM
The Book of Kohelet: A Biblical theory of human happiness
Happiness as a human goal If you were to ask a random person you would meet on the street what his or her goal in life would be, chances are the answer would be: happiness (or an offshoot of happiness...
Sep 18, 2013, 11:39 AM
Walter White and the Book of Job: Why it’s so difficult to rejoice at the downfall of the wicked
Along with millions of other viewers, I have been mesmerized by the ingenious screenwriting and directing that has crystallized into this fifth and final season of Breaking Bad. In the most recently aired episode, Ozymandias (warning: spoilers ahead), viewers bore...
Sep 10, 2013, 5:48 PM
Falling through Yom Kippur: Enhancing Prayer by Using our Imagination
With Yom Kippur fast approaching, thoughts of becoming a better person, of teshuva (repentance), flash across the minds of even the most cynical among us. The critical question always seems to be the same: How on earth do we get to...
Daniel Light is an aspiring novelist, an Orthodox rabbi and an attorney who tries to help get the invaluable inventions of one of Israel's premier scientific institutions to market.