Monthly Archives: February 2020

Bernie the Jewish Fool

As Purim approaches, Bernie Sanders, the Jewish front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, said: [Moving the US Embassy back to Tel Aviv is] something we would take into consideration … I am very proud of being Jewish. I actually lived … Continue reading

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Anger, not Apathy

The media say that Israeli voters are apathetic. They aren’t – they are furious. About a third of them aren’t expected to vote at all in the March 2 election, an unprecedented third in 11 months. And polls show that … Continue reading

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Seminary of Fools

I belong to a Masorti (Conservative) congregation in Israel. Although most Israelis don’t believe this, the movement is theologically much closer to Modern Orthodoxy than to Reform Judaism. There is a commitment to halacha, albeit somewhat more lenient than in … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Ice Nine

Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle” is an interesting book in many ways, but what stuck in my scientifically-oriented and disaster-fascinated mind was what he called “Ice Nine.”  Ice Nine is a form of water that is solid at room temperature.* The … Continue reading

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Take the Deal

There is something practical that can be done to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and that is to grant limited autonomy to a limited Palestinian entity in Judea and Samaria. In other words, to adopt something like the Trump plan. It … Continue reading

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