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Apr 30, 2019, 2:39 PM
When Someone Else’s Icon is the Symbol of Your People’s Persecution
My first time visiting Notre Dame de Paris was when I was 11 years old. I grew up going to a French school, and visited Paris regularly with my family. The towering spires, the gargoyles, the nooks and crannies...
Apr 29, 2019, 8:09 PM
Billion for Notre Dame: goodwill and likeability
We manage to get a billion Euro to reconstruct the Notre Dame in no time, but we cannot manage the same for the most pressing matters of our time. A temple/monument/building versus all sorts of existing coercion, such as war, violence, suppression,...
Apr 29, 2019, 12:21 AM
Horror and Hope at the Portals of Notre Dame
In 1981, I spent 10 weeks on a traveling fellowship in Europe while in architectural school, fulfilling the very loose directive to go forth and draw. It is a very different notion of travel to sit, draw and think...
Apr 25, 2019, 4:44 PM
Who is afraid Netanyahu could go ‘rogue’?
We have been hearing for years that the UK’s Guardian newspaper is anti-Israel. Sometimes it is just a shock to see an opinion piece based on absolutely nothing but Arab propaganda placed into the hands of a UK columnist...
Alan N. Levy
Apr 20, 2019, 9:10 PM
An American’s Perspective: The Devastating Fire at Notre Dame
I’m a Jew, and yet I feel an immense sense of loss caused by the damaging fire at Notre Dame in Paris. And if you also don’t feel a personal sense of loss, if you don’t have a sense that...
Apr 19, 2019, 7:36 PM
“Today’s problems are so vast. How could a single good deed amount to more than a drop in a bucket?” Rabbi Joel Sisenwine warmly fielded the question. “Drops in a bucket may seem minor. But we pray to God...
Apr 18, 2019, 10:35 AM
Notre Dame and Pesach — it’s about the symbol, my friend
We’re all humans. We’re meaning making creatures. We define ourselves by our stories, our myths. In a fundamental sense, we are, despite the assumptions of so much economic theory, non-rational creatures. Feelings are real to us. And, so then,...
Apr 18, 2019, 10:05 AM
Should Jews help rebuild Notre-Dame?
Two Fires in Paris – The Talmud and Notre Dame When I shared some initial reflections, as I watched the image of Notre Dame set afire,I ignored one discussion that came up within minutes of the news breaking. A member...
Apr 18, 2019, 12:24 AM
Paris Weeps as Notre Dame Burns
April 15th, President Macron was scheduled to address the nation at 8 PM, to present a sort of executive summary of government policy, revised but not diverted by five months of weekly Gilet Jaune actions. I switched on the...
Erris Langer Klapper
Apr 17, 2019, 2:29 PM
Historically Detrimental Reporting Lauds Notre Dame for ‘Surviving the Nazis’
Paris holds a special place in my heart. A repeat offender, I’ve chosen to travel to Paris again and again, at the cost of experiencing places I’ve never been. The City of Lights has a magical pull on me....