THE NEWS: All You Need to Know About Everything That Matters.

An American friend bought me a gift subscription to THE WEEK: “The Best of the U.S. and International Media”. First published in Great Britain in 1995 as a supplement to the Sunday Telegraph, it made its first American appearance in 2001. Its cover page reads “All You Need To Know About Everything That Matters”.

My first copy arrived in today’s post and within one hour I had read every interesting word in its 37 pages. It is an all-encompassing weekly news magazine covering local American news and European news, highlights from the local press on both continents. Nothing seems to be omitted.

In addition to the news of the week it includes a section on the Arts: best books, best art & music, best films are recommended. In its Leisure page one can find the best places for Food & Drink and the newest consumer products. Business news and in this edition, the details of the Brexit and the EU future.

It is very easy reading, completely comprehensive and informs the reader of all the news one needs to know for the week past and present. I am very grateful for the kindness and thoughtfulness of my dear friend who bought me a gift subscription. A gift to be thoroughly enjoyed.

I was at once impressed with THE WEEK when I opened to its first page, EDITOR’S LETTER, and comments by William Falk, Editor in Chief. In detailing news of the Brexit and the American presidential campaign he had the courage to “call a spade a spade”. His opening words set the tone:

“You’re entitled to feel some despair over the state of our world. In recent weeks, there’s been an avalanche of evidence of our species’ bottomless capacity for stupidity, savagery, and tribal hatred. An alarming number of our existing and would-be leaders have shown themselves to be clueless, corrupt, and self-serving scoundrels and buffoons. We teeter on the edge of multiple disasters. But, my friends, there’s always hope. We’ve also just gotten a reminder that, at our best, human beings are capable of extraordinary intelligence, teamwork and vision….”

Now that’s what I call the best example of writing “dugri”… of putting facts, not just opinions, on the table.

News from Israel has been fair. And a very touching half-page obituary in memory of Elie Wiesel has been highlighted as “The Holocaust Survivor Who Refused To Let The World Forget”.

If the British or American editions of THE WEEK are available in bookshops like Steimatzky, I highly commend it to readers of English. At last, a readable, common-sense weekly magazine that tells the truth.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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