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Feb 11, 2019, 3:12 AM
Fact Fiction or Wishful Thinking? Ask Liberman.
Today’s edition of the English-language daily JERUSALEM POST had a major story which emanated from the mouth of our former Defense Minister, Avigdor Liberman. He stated that a deal may be in place for Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu by which...
Feb 10, 2019, 10:07 AM
My ‘Hello’ to the late Philip Roth
Book Review of “Goodbye Columbus,” a novella and five short stories by Philip Roth. When I heard of Roth’s passing, I realized that while I knew the name well, and I’d seen some films based on his writings, I never...
Feb 3, 2019, 11:13 PM
Tevye in Palestine Excerpt 54: Hodel and Sarah
Hodel remained fiercely loyal to Pertschik for a long time. Simcha understood and never pressured her. It took all these years before she allowed herself to accept his love. Now, at last, we may see a truly happy wedding. Of...
Jan 28, 2019, 9:06 PM
In memory of Amos Oz – exorcising the tribe’s demons
I didn’t know Amos Oz personally. I never made my way to Arad where he lived for the last few decades after leaving Kibbutz Hulda with his family. So why the choking sensation in my throat when I heard...
Jan 14, 2019, 7:53 AM
The year is 2030. The population of Israel is estimated at 12 million inhabitants, 9 million Jews and 3 million Muslims, Christians, Druze and other minorities. The President of Israel is Oren Hazan. The Prime Minister, head of the New...
Dec 26, 2018, 11:33 PM
Random Thoughts…. Rambling Thoughts
The old year 2018 is swiftly approaching its end. I have already turned the page of the calendar to a new year 2019. As my mother used to say “od shanah, od shanah”… another year, another year. Will 2019 be...
Grant Arthur Gochin
Dec 19, 2018, 8:39 AM
In June 1941, Lithuanians began murdering their Jewish neighbors even before Nazis arrived in Lithuania. Their putative Prime Minister, Kazys Skirpa, operating from Berlin, was one of the first to suggest eliminating the country’s Jews in the course of...
Dec 5, 2018, 7:17 PM
A Hanukkah Switcheroo: A Feminist Twist on the Holiday Narrative
Last spring, I gave the Passover story a feminist makeover in a Lilith piece titled Why You Should Control+F Your Passover Hagaddah. With a few nips and tucks, the history of the Exodus became herstory. Let’s fiddle with the Hanukkah...
Nov 26, 2018, 2:52 AM
Being “super duper” kosher
So maybe I grew up in different times. In those days, my parents who were orthodox, only had kosher food and Glatt Kosher meat--that was a given. I think their parents in Europe though didn't know anything from Glatt kosher--in...
Jerold S. Auerbach
Nov 15, 2018, 5:47 PM
My silent encounter with Aaron Appelfeld
The paths we each tread highlight our differences, from Jerusalem's streets to its cafés