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The Idiot’s Guide to Ulpan
Some highly-motivated students insist on speaking Hebrew and only Hebrew. Those are the ones we don't like
Is it time to do away with Tisha B’Av?
Israel has evolved into an economic and military superpower; what must we mourn?
Israel doesn't need a nation-state bill
20% of Israel's population is not Jewish, and the democracy of the Declaration of Independence includes them
Jason Fredric Gilbert
The Watermelon War
The battle between married couples everywhere: who will pick a sweet, delicious watermelon and who will choose a dud?
When summer travel is more than vacation
Why my children carried their Israeli flags around the world, and what they learned
Poland’s narrative amounts to Holocaust denial
It was the Poles who held the Jews on the scaffold, while the Nazis tightened the noose
Reuven Bobby Weinmann
Hating the sinner
Was the Temple destroyed because the Jews hated their obvious adversaries, instead of righteously loving them as themselves?
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Women & Judaism
Jul 17, 2018, 7:11 AM
My Hero, Hermann Maas
Probably none of my readers are familiar with the name Hermann Maas. But in 1952, having read about him, he immediately became one of my most respected heroes. He was born in Germany in 1877 and received his Doctor of...
Jul 17, 2018, 7:09 AM
The humiliation clause and the status of Arabic
The nation-state bill is due to come before the Knesset this week for its final readings. If it passes into law, one of Israel’s longest-standing linguistic traditions will be changed -- the official status of Arabic will be revoked,...
Jul 17, 2018, 7:08 AM
“And Israel?” writes Paul Berman on Tablet -- almost as an afterthought -- toward the end of an essay lauding the primary election of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Contrast this with an essay in The Times of Israel last week by...
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Jul 16, 2018, 11:34 PM
G-d’s earthquakes? Fault the faulty, not the fault line
Many people are quick to credit Nature with birth but G^d with death. When an earthquake in China killed scores of schoolchildren, many questioned G^d's Goodness, and few blamed it on callousness of architects and builders who for sheer profit...
Jul 16, 2018, 11:14 PM
Why not to fast on Tisha B’Av
You can set your calendar by it. You know the 9th of Av is around the corner when essays start surfacing questioning the relevance of mourning for the Temple's destruction in our time. How can we fast and weep...
Olivier Jack Melnick
Jul 16, 2018, 9:42 PM
Haman, Hitler and BDS: We should know better!
What do the book of Esther, the Nuremberg Laws of 1933 and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement have in common? A lot more than meets the eye! There is a theme found in Esther about Haman’s disdain...
Nesanel Yoel Safran
Jul 16, 2018, 9:31 PM
I used to be Jewish
When I was Jewish -- call me "Jew" and I shrink. Now I’m a Jew -- I do not even blink. When I was Jew-ish – an irrelevant birth fact. Now I’m a Jew – an essential soul pact. When I was Jew-ish...
Raymond M. Berger
Jul 16, 2018, 8:56 PM
Saving Little Girls
Even proponents of cultural relativity realize in their heart of hearts that some cultures are better than others. You are walking down the street when suddenly you hear the screams of a child coming from inside a house. Troubled and curious,...
Jul 16, 2018, 8:43 PM
The FIFA final 2018 — A life lesson learned
For two years in a row, I have found myself in the South of France for Bastille Day. That was yesterday. Today was the FIFA football final match between Croatia and France and my reaction to the event --...
Jul 16, 2018, 6:33 PM
Michael Jackson’s ‘Blood on the Dance Floor,’ 21 Years Later
Some years ago, while I was doing a research for my upcoming biography on Michael Jackson, I did an interview with Jackson’s old associate, director and choreographer Vincent Paterson. In early 1997, Jackson asked Paterson to work with him...