Category: Israel

Make The Kosel Plaza Great Again

An open letter to Anat Hoffman Dear Ms. Hoffman, Many years ago, we shared a stage for a panel discussion about Israel and Judaism. But you are a well-known public figure and have appeared...

The Essence of Israel

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got into a dustup with a television personality and a movie star, many of us felt reasonably secure assuming which side was likely more Jewishly authentic. And since...

AOC and Israel

An article I wrote for JTA about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Israel can be read here.

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The Old Lady and the Triathlon

“I had to give up competing in Triathlons in America. I thought when I come to Israel I will now be able to resume. I was crestfallen to learn the triathlons are on Shabbat,...

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Amos vs. Amos Oz

The Israeli media has been focused on the late Amoz Oz, whom many consider Israel’s top writer and who passed away a fortnight ago. The world media also gave Oz’s passing a great deal...

Don’t cry for me, Eric Yoffie

Enough decades have passed to allow some of us to recall biologist Paul R. Ehrlich’s 1968 bestseller “The Population Bomb,” in which the author, soberly analyzing relevant data, predicted worldwide famine within twenty years...

Agreeing to Disagree

I understand the justification for placing Louis Farrakhan and a company shunning business in the West Bank on the same spectrum, if far from each other.  But no one should be puzzled by my...

Not All Discrimination is Hatred-Fueled

Finally!  Something my cherished chaver Rabbi Yitzchak Adlerstein and I can agreeably disagree about.  Though, alas, I don’t think the disagreement is as weighty as he thinks. Rather than recap our respective positions, they...

Crazy Attention

“The sheerest form of corporate anti-Semitism in recent memory” is how popular political commentator Ben Shapiro characterized the recent decision of Airbnb, the San Francisco-based company that matches travelers with private home lodging around...

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