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May 19, 2020, 12:59 AM
It’s all about the Benjamins
But really it’s all about one Benjamin: Benjamin ‘Bibi’ Netanyahu. After three nail-biting national elections (April 2019, September 2019, and March 2020), Israel finally has a new government. Congratulations! Mazal Tov! For more than a year, the Israeli public witnessed a seemingly...
May 8, 2020, 5:43 PM
One Traveler’s Philosophy
Many of us want to believe that we’re irreplaceable, unique, and even ‘special.’ Obviously we’re important to our family and close friends. However, to nearly all the rest of humanity we don’t even register. As an experience-seeker, I’m a believer...
Apr 23, 2020, 4:31 AM
Effects of the coronavirus on my immediate surroundings
*I’m writing this piece from my hostel in Cochabamba, Bolivia where six other guests and I have been staying since mid-March 2020. The Bolivian government led by interim-President Jeanine Añez has introduced increasingly restrictive measures to deal with the...
Apr 7, 2020, 10:04 AM
A vagabond’s Passover reflections
Why is this night different from all other nights? I think back to when I was a young boy, proudly reciting the four questions in front of a large number of Jewish old folks, in the auditorium of some resort,...
Mar 29, 2020, 6:12 PM
Abuse of power in the name of ‘public health’
I am not scared of the COVID-19 coronavirus. People are born and people die every day. Influenzas, wars, and natural disasters occur at regular intervals throughout the world. This is a fact of life. I am, however, extremely scared by poor...
Mar 22, 2020, 3:59 AM
The case for a volunteer Israel Defense Forces
Israeli society is strong, vibrant, and robust. In regularly held opinion polls, during times of both war and peace, the vast majority of Israelis consistently assert that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) is by far the country’s most trustworthy institution. And yet...
Mar 15, 2020, 4:31 PM
It’s time to introduce a 10% electoral threshold
I used to be a passionate advocate for proportional representation with a low electoral threshold. I thought that it was the fairest electoral system. I mean the proportion of votes a political party receives equals the proportion of seats that...
Freeman Poritz is currently traveling long-term and observing Israel from afar.