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May 3, 2023, 2:58 PM
All earth to love: My father slowed the nuclear arms race
The Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty he negotiated still stands, but it has too much lethal wiggle room when it comes to protecting what really matters
Jan 30, 2023, 5:18 PM
Conversing with Arab Cab Drivers
The saying goes that if you want to get the news, ask a cab driver. Here in Jerusalem, whenever I get into a taxi and the driver is an Arab, I usually see if it's possible to start a conversation....
Oct 18, 2022, 1:14 AM
A watch amidst the galaxies
For quite some time, I’d been on the lookout for a new watch, and while out shopping on Pico with the children during summer vacation, I spotted quite a nice one. It wasn’t what I’d had in mind, exactly. The...
Oct 15, 2021, 4:58 PM
What the cow does
In an old neighborhood of Jerusalem, I stood with my daughter strapped to me in a Snugly baby-carrier, waiting to speak with a certain renowned rabbi. One of his assistants hurried out of the rabbi’s house and stopped for...
Sep 20, 2021, 1:21 PM
Do Angels Need to Dance?
One evening during Sukkot, at the Simchat Beit HaSho'evah celebration held annually at Neve Yerushalaim, a Jerusalem women's seminary, my daughters and I engaged in four or five hours of non-stop dancing. The boomingly loud music, provided as it is...
Dec 7, 2020, 5:47 PM
"If Christians knew the effect of church bells on the Jewish soul, they would ring them all day long." Rav Yisrael Salanter , 19th century. December was the beautiful season. Twinkling lights and golden bells, red and green and mistletoe. Storefronts...
Mar 2, 2020, 7:12 AM
To Be or Not to Be
It has always struck me as bizarre, mysterious, and absurd that Israel's essential right to exist is ever a question in the eyes of the world. That which for other nations is normally a given, is for us something...
Feb 7, 2020, 4:15 AM
Senator Mitt Romney, as an Orthodox Jew I thank you
Should we be lending unqualified support to a president whose manner of speech violates an essential pillar of Judaism?
Jan 19, 2018, 2:44 PM
Koko Tanimoto and the tear of the pilot
How a survivor of the atom bomb stopped hating the pilot who flew the plane
Dec 30, 2012, 12:56 PM
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Jerusalem
We danced and danced and danced, men on one side, women on the other
Sarah Shapiro's newest book is "An Audience of One, and Other Stories" [Mosaica/Feldheim]