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Connecting to the Creator
When a woman is pregnant, she houses and nourishes a new world, a new soul. When she gives birth, she suffers a loss, by definition. I know this too well (Tazria)
With Iran, we are at a nuclear crossroads
As Iran nudges its uranium enrichment perilously close to weapons-grade level, an existentially threatened Israel would have to go it alone
Did I want to be a paratrooper? Clearly
I made aliyah in 1975, became a lone soldier hosted by a kibbutz, and I found almost everything about the land seductive at that age
When loyalty to the group means bad behavior gets excused
The biblical forbears set a high bar for loyalty without losing clarity of right and wrong. Israel needs to balance that same sense of fairness
This Independence Day, let’s hear it for normalcy
It’s one of the goals of Zionism – a normal state for the Jewish People – and this year there’s lots to celebrate on that score
73 reasons to love Israel
Lightning-speed vaccination, random acts of kindness, and 7 ways to eat a Krembo – just some of the wonders that make this place thrilling
Thoughts on Israel at 73 while flying over the Saudi desert
On this, the independence day of an old-new country, our governance may be ailing, but the hallmark ‘superabundant force’ of democracy is alive and kicking
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Memorial Day for Fallen Soldiers
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PARSHA POSTS: TAZRIA
Iran Nuclear Deal
Definition of Anti-Semitism
Conversion to Judaism
Death and Mourning
Israel: Jewish and Democratic
Apr 16, 2021, 7:22 PM
The Dreyfus Legacy of France
The mockery of justice in the case of neglected murder of Sarah Halimi First, the disclaimer to make: I do like France very much. Its culture, its landscapes, its distinct style and charm. I grew up with admiration of France’s...
Allen S. Maller
Apr 16, 2021, 6:52 PM
Ramadan and Yom Kippur fasting are holy healthy diets for sawm/tsom
The following article appeared on the Islamicity website. The Swiss Muslim Academic Dr. Tariq Ramadan states: “The philosophy of fasting calls upon us to know ourselves, to master ourselves, and to discipline ourselves; the better to free ourselves. To fast...
Apr 16, 2021, 6:48 PM
Vital perspective on renewed US aid to UNRWA
The US Government has announced the renewal of aid to UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, which the UN created as a "temporary" entity in the wake of the Israel War of Independence, to help half a...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Apr 16, 2021, 6:16 PM
Judaism against anti-democratic fallacies of people being of different qualities
With tension between Judaism and Democracy, look at whose side G^d is! First of all, the Mishna is very clear. Proper inter-human relations are the prime focal point of the Jewish 'religion.' It is part of the 'worship' that G^d...
Apr 16, 2021, 6:12 PM
For goodness sake
I recently learned that it took a full year to find witnesses to testify at the Eichmann trial back in the early 1960s. Why? Because those who survived were worried their stories would not be believed. The atrocities they...
Apr 16, 2021, 6:10 PM
Wine of the week: Ostal Cazes Rose 2020 (Minervois, rose)
In the 18th century the port of Bordeaux was the second largest port in the world after the port of London. With direct access to the Atlantic Ocean, the port of Bordeaux was able to ship cereals, cocoa, sugar, spices,...
Apr 16, 2021, 6:08 PM
Iran sanctions relief will lead to proxies, while sanctions will only be skirted
With a new Democratic administration set in place in the United States, (and the same, old Iranian regime), prospects for a newfangled version of the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) are on the table. But what is in...
Apr 16, 2021, 5:55 PM
For #MeToo transgressors, the only cure is banishment
Banishing someone 'outside the camp' is a key part of a community’s response to sexual violence.
Apr 16, 2021, 5:49 PM
Can we be brave for Agunot?
A friend of mine, who was an agunah (a Jewish woman who is stuck in her religious marriage as determined by Halacha) until very recently, sent me this song. It resonated with her, and with me. Despite having finally being granted...
Apr 16, 2021, 5:48 PM
Invited to Grow
Regular Tefilla, badly translated as "prayer", is pre-programmed for us three times every day. Of that small minority of us who actually take advantage of this opportunity, surely less than half can even roughly understand/translate what we're saying, and...