Category Archives: American society

Is it a Still a “Free Country?”

I didn’t want to write about the USA anymore. People keep telling me that I don’t know anything about events there, that it’s a different country than when I lived there, and that I don’t get how Donald Trump almost … Continue reading

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The Machine

During most of the 20th century, news was delivered primarily by professional reporters, via newspapers, magazines, and radio and TV. Although various media had biases, these biases were generally known and could be taken into account. There was a sharp … Continue reading

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Donald Trump and Me

Before I begin to write about the events of this past week, I feel the need to say a few words about myself and my own political consciousness. I’m a former American who has lived in Israel a total of … Continue reading

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Birthright and Jewish Continuity

Since 2009, the Jewish Futures Project at Brandeis University has been following participants in the Birthright Israel program to try to see how the program affected their Jewish identity. Since those who choose to take Birthright trips to Israel would … Continue reading

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Is the US Choking on Ideological Miasma?

What is happening to my former home? You Americans don’t notice it, because you are the frogs being boiled (yes, I know that this is not really true about frogs). But you can see it from a distance. The temperature … Continue reading

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Wokeism, Jew-hatred, and Misoziony

You hear about it, but you don’t really believe it. What is happening in American universities to Jewish students, and particularly those who support Israel even to a small degree, is appalling, and it hasn’t diminished as courses have moved … Continue reading

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Taking the Knee

Here we see Mr. Biden kneeling. The photo was taken on 1 June 2020 at the Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware, about a week after the death of George Floyd focused attention on the treatment of black Americans by … Continue reading

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Which is Worse, Influenza or Affluenza?

What do I read during an epidemic? What else but books about epidemics, like John M. Barry’s “The Great Influenza,” about the catastrophic 1918 pandemic that killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The 1918 disease, incorrectly called “Spanish flu,” … Continue reading

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