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Douglas M. Bloomfield
Jan 20, 2018, 9:05 PM
Keeping The Lie Alive
You lie, I’ll swear to it. That seems to be an operating standard in the Trump White House. Kellyanne Conway created the term “alternative facts” to explain the president’s lies; Trump himself gave us “fake news” to describe facts he dislikes, and press secretary Sarah...
Jan 18, 2018, 12:44 AM
Staring the Rabbi Pirate in the Face.
On November 4, 1614, John Chamberlain writes a letter to Dudley Carleton concerning the arrest of a Jewish pirate in Darthmouth, England. ‘a Jew pirat, that brought three prises of Spaniards into Plimmouth. He was sent out by the King of Maroco, and useth Hollanders...
Jan 15, 2018, 9:27 PM
How Does One Mourn a Friend?
The lights of Chanukah dimmed for me this past year with the death of a beloved friend, Marilyn Katz. She died on the third day of the holiday, struck down by a highly virulent autoimmune disease. She had been ill at other times but always...
Jan 7, 2018, 9:10 PM
Dr. Ben-Sorek, Mazel Tov on your 500th Article
Dear Esor, Where to begin? First of all, Mazel Tov on fulfilling your goal of writing and publishing your 500th column. Your readers are not letting you off the hook! You may have closed one book, but now it is time for you to start...
Jan 6, 2018, 8:23 PM
Yes Anat, The Biblical Prophets Were Mentally Ill (Crazy Good)
Anat Ghelber, a Times of Israel blogger, wrote a column on December 23, 2017 conjecturing that the Prophets (Neve’im) were mentally ill. Yes Anat, you are correct, the prophets were crazy. However, when we use the term “mentally ill,’ or “crazy” or “psychotic,” we are...
Jan 4, 2018, 9:03 AM
All in the Family — Israel and American Jews
As we embark on the secular new year, now might be a good time to take a step back and engage in a little introspection and reflection about the relationship between the American Jewry and the state of Israel. The modern-day Israel will be 70...
Jan 3, 2018, 11:04 PM
Nilometers in the Land of Israel
Years of drought have lowered the surface of the Sea of Galilee (Lake Kinneret), Israel’s main water source. The Dead Sea is rapidly shrinking, and the Jordan River is drying up, as the result of climate change, growing populations and the increasing use of its...
Jan 2, 2018, 10:29 PM
The case for day schools
Day schools graduate compassionate, spiritual kids, who use good judgment, advocate for justice… and get into good colleges
Jan 1, 2018, 5:41 PM
Israel diary: The secular is sacred
I just returned from Israel a week ago. The main purpose of this trip, as most of my previous trips, was to visit family. Like all prior visits, I returned a different person. On this journey I witnessed the sacred and the secular joining together...
Dec 27, 2017, 4:46 PM
A Columnist Takes A Pause
For over 25 years, I have written the weekly “Musings” column for this paper. Now, after some 1,300 weekly columns, I am taking a break. I will be on a six-month sabbatical, traveling and writing, from January to June. I plan to be back in...