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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Sari’s story gives strength to the weary
Nov15

Sari’s story gives strength to the weary

I always used to associate the number ‘13’ with the bat mitzvah ceremony of my elder daughter Sari.  I of course relived the joy three years later when my younger daughter Debra also handled the life-event with the effervescence and gifts they both manifest. Both my daughters love life, are given to laughter, and are practiced creative artists. It took indubitable courage for my daughter to reveal her private anguish into the glare of...

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Many Americans are broken. Most respond with dignity and patience.
Oct21

Many Americans are broken. Most respond with dignity and patience.

It was just the other morning that I saw and heard the anguished yet determined report of a mother whose soldier-son was killed in that ambush in Niger.  The news media, which drowns us with equal parts information and hyperbole, was trying to extract a statement from her—a woman reeling from fresh grief—about whether or not the current president had phoned her.  (He hadn’t.) We absolutely do not feel personally safe in the current...

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