Dr King was a brooding, lonely man that freed a proud race
Jan15

Dr King was a brooding, lonely man that freed a proud race

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  would have been 89 years old today.  Today is history–I am remembering a visit in Berlin exactly two years ago on MLK Day.  Not lost upon me then was the irony of commemorating Martin Luther King Day while visiting in the one-time capital of the Third Reich.  Dr. King would have been pleased with this inversion of possibilities just seventy years after the Holocaust of the Jews. Martin Luther...

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No more of this assault on immigrants!
Jan05

No more of this assault on immigrants!

I will no longer tolerate this ugly national mood–especially the brazen, indulgent persecution of immigrants and so-called “foreigners.”  It hurts the heart and it’s wrong. It is heinous to single out American Muslims for such biased and pejorative treatment. I am an immigrant to this country, arriving at the age of nine.  My parents chose the United States for its vast professional and economic opportunities.   I felt safe and...

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Seventy years after the Partition Resolution, is Zionism a success?
Dec03

Seventy years after the Partition Resolution, is Zionism a success?

About the Nazi Holocaust, one Christian historian has written: “The fact that it could take place in the heart of Europe, in the middle of the 20th Century, carried out in the name of what had seemed to be and in many ways was the most developed of nations, called into question every notion of Christendom, of European civilization, of enlightenment, of progress.” There was a grisly lobby of six million ghosts floating...

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Israel loved the Sinai that is now a killing field
Nov25

Israel loved the Sinai that is now a killing field

It was a bit of heaven; now it is a chunk of hell.  Muslim extremists are killing each other in the wilderness where the Hebrews received the Law; in Israel, hands are wringing and hearts are breaking. In a grisly familiar pattern, some 30 armed men entered the Rawdah Sufi mosque in northern Sinai, mechanically firing automatic weapons and hurling grenades into innocent worshipers of the mystic Islamic sect.  At least 305 people were...

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When JFK was killed, a Holocaust survivor fearfully clung to his rye bread
Nov21

When JFK was killed, a Holocaust survivor fearfully clung to his rye bread

Like anybody else old enough, I remember when President John F. Kennedy was slain, fifty-four years ago today, November 22, 1963.  And I also remember Dr. Glanzberg frightfully clutching his loaf of fresh rye bread. Our tiny Hebrew day school suddenly sent us home just before two o’clock—exactly when we would have concluded our day with the weekly, all-classes’ welcoming of Sabbath Eve.  There would be no plastic mini-cups of grape...

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