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The little spacecraft that could may have died, but the lessons it inspired for how we persevere lives on
Oh to be gatekeepers of our own holiness
We mask the edges of our identity with the seams of the guises we present, and must take care not to forget what is us and what is adornment
Joseph C. Kaplan
We can agree to disagree about women rabbis
Teaneck has many synagogues; it’s easy to find at least one you don’t go to, without dividing the community
There's no accountability in Israeli politics
Our politicians aren’t accountable to us, and there’s damn little we can do
When the right and left fight over anti-Semitism, Jews are caught in the middle
Ilhan Omar’s conservative critics and progressive defenders are united in wishing to silence the message most Jews want to send
Eli Yishai’s hatred is not just for my kids
The Yachad party’s desperate campaign is loaded with homophobia and a list of other hatreds
Israelis, vote! In the European elections
Nearly half a million of you can vote in EU elections in May — you should do so, just don’t support extremists
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Feb 28, 2015, 7:08 PM
Are you boycotting Israel or humanity?
Are you really boycotting Israel or human life? From time to time I read articles written by those who are constantly encouraging people to boycott Israel. What are they boycotting? Usually they are talking about food and drinks… However, we...
Feb 28, 2015, 7:07 PM
You can’t fight an assault rifle with a lit candle of hope.
A few years ago, in one of many lively discussions with my friends about the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe, and how it seemed to go unnoticed by the media and general public, I remember bursting out: "What needs to...
Feb 28, 2015, 5:44 PM
The other day I wrote a rather information-centric piece about the unfortunate evolution of allegations of corruption and criminal charges made against Israeli prime ministers over the last two decades (here). That entry lacked a conclusion. So here it is. The...
Feb 28, 2015, 5:43 PM
Bibi’s Folly, Iran and the Congress
If Michael Oren were still Prime Minister Netanyahu's envoy to Washington, this would not be happening. Although I have major problems with Oren's "Two-State Situation" non-initiative as published in the Wall Street Journal last week, he was on target...
Feb 28, 2015, 11:44 AM
A Pre-Speech Primer on American Politics
Separation of Powers is a cruel mistress. John Boehner, as Speaker of the House of Representatives, has the constitutional prerogative to invite whomever he chooses to speak before the House Chamber. There is nothing Barack Obama can do about...
Feb 28, 2015, 11:42 AM
A Day When Peace Was Born
This past Sunday on February 22, something extraordinary transpired in a small shul in the concentrated Jewish community of Pico-Robertson. Pico Shul is housed in Tomchei Shabbos, the same building and organization that manages a significant amount of direct...
Feb 28, 2015, 12:16 AM
Telling lies: The one and only strategy of anti-Zionists
For a truthful person, demonizing Israel is difficult. How can one convincingly denounce a liberal democracy that is surrounded by despotic regimes, especially one that treats even its enemies better than the despotic neighbours treat their own citizens? How...
Feb 27, 2015, 11:11 PM
Israel and the MMR-Autism Debate!
Israel, the country renowned to be on the forefront of science, does not appear to have done its due diligence regarding the MMR vaccine and its controversial connection to autism. The significant outbreak of measles in the U.S. this year...
Feb 27, 2015, 11:06 PM
Netanyahu and the Memory of Sadat
1977 was one of the most miraculous years in all of Jewish and Israeli history. I was living on a small kibbutz on the old road between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, engaged in my first profession (and passion of...
Feb 27, 2015, 11:06 PM
Herzog is playing a game where nobody wins
How frightening it is that Yizhak Herzog, the leader of the Israeli Labor party and of the opposition at large in the Knesset analyzes and approaches the Iran nuclear crisis with such naïveté. Israelis have always known that should their party...