Category Archives: The Jewish people

Thoughts at Zero Dark Thirty

It’s very, very early, when a person should be asleep, lest melancholy thoughts intrude on the familiar, but totally irrational, optimism that keeps one functioning in the face of the absolute certainty that every human life will sooner or later … Continue reading

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A Page a Day

Since January, I’ve been participating in a daf yomi program. That means that every day, 7 days a week, I study a page (actually, two facing pages), of Talmud. The fact that someone like me, who grew up in a … Continue reading

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Jewish Peoplehood and American Jews

Nothing seems to me more obviously true than the statement that a strong, thriving Jewish state is essential to the survival of the Jewish people. But apparently many self-identifying American Jews either don’t agree, or even if they do, there … Continue reading

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Beinart’s Complaint

A recent news item indicates that among the candidates for seats in the World Zionist Congress – founded by Theodor Herzl in 1897 – are Peter Beinart and Jeremy Ben Ami. To tell the truth, when I see the petulant … Continue reading

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A World Without Israel (from 2015)

I recently came across this post from 2015, which I had totally forgotten. My regular Thursday post will be coming tomorrow as usual, but I couldn’t resist re-running this one today. A world without Israel Posted on August 14, 2015 … Continue reading

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The Soul of the State Must be Jewish

There is a struggle for the soul of the State of Israel. It isn’t about whether Israel should withdraw from Judea and Samaria, how the IDF should act in Gaza, or whether the buses should run on Shabbat, although your … Continue reading

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“Strangers,” in Israel and America

We had a guest from America in our shul this week who discussed the week’s portion, lech lecha. She focused on the question of the treatment of the ger, the person who is a non-Jew in Eretz Yisrael and (variously) … Continue reading

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A Unity Government, Without Arabs and Without Haredim

The study of Torah is good in combination with an occupation, since the toil of both makes sin forgotten. All Torah that is not combined with work will eventually cease and lead to sin. — Rabban Gamliel, son of Rabbi … Continue reading

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