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As a general rule, injecting emotion into policy debates is a mistake. Cold, rational logic remains the best path to understanding an issue, and anything that undermines that process is usually bound … more
One of the memorable scenes in “The Lives of Others” — an exemplary German movie whose plot centers on the Stasi secret police in the late, unlamented German Democratic Republic … more
It was just another day at United Nations. As it has done innumerable times in the last 50 years, on June 12, the General Assembly devoted an entire day of debate, procedural … more
Netiv Ha’avot means Path of the Forefathers. Until last week, it was a neighborhood of about 15 families in Gush Etzion, Israel. And then the families were evicted. The homes they built will be … more
The phrase “demilitarized Palestinian state” is the very definition of an oxymoron — “a figure of speech in which apparently contradictory terms appear in … more
I love grilling season. I love cooking outside and the perfume of grilling foods all over the neighborhood. That smoky odor says “home” and “relaxing” and “outdoor … more
As you know I’m a born (but not bored, like Mets fans are today) and bred in New York diehard Atlanta Braves fan. I have the MLB package and from opening day until my team is out of contention. … more
There are so many things in life that are impossible to understand. Yet every now and then, we are afforded a glimpse, as if through a momentary clearing of the fog, of what it’s all … more
In Bamidbar 20:2-4, the nation is depicted three different ways: once as an edah (a united group), once as ha’am (the nation, though less united than an edah), and once as kehal Hashem, the … more
This week’s column is devoted to a review by Rabbi Dr. Israel Drazin of “The Spiritual Revolution of Rav Kook” by Rabbi Ari Ze’ev Schwartz (Gefen Publishing House, Jerusalem, … more
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