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Choice Voices for the Week of
Thursday, July 16, 2020
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The agony of the COVID-19 obituarist
In listening to so many mourners, journalistic detachment is impossible: Telling stories of the dead is how I honor my own father
Coronavirus crisis management: A national lapse
Anyone who still needs proof of the failed management of the coronavirus crisis found it this week at the Knesset Coronavirus Committee and in the government's refusal to grant Maj. Gen. Roni Numa the necessary authority to manage the crisis on a national level. Other features common to a chain of daily events are confusion, contradictory directives, fire-dousing instead of long-term planning, and an absence of strategic vision. With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Israeli government's failure in managing the coronavirus crisis has reached the...
Is Israel’s social protest movement about to emerge?
A return to the mass demonstrations of 2011 can happen only if protest leaders appear to be free of ulterior motives
The Corona crisis is an opportunity for the National Civil Service
The pandemic highlights the value of volunteers who come from all sectors of society, including those ineligible for army service
The new normal… is not normal at all
Just because we’ve gotten used to ’shigrona’ (that’s the Hebrew for ’routine’ plus corona) doesn’t make it easy
There is no going back
In the wake of measles, we developed vaccines; in the wake of AIDS, we practiced safe sex. What new improvement will we find, in the wake of the coronavirus?
How to make the most of remote learning
Listen to the kids. Establish a routine. And use Zoom for no more than 15 or 20 minutes per week (yes, per week!)
Why the Philadelphia Eagles need to visit Auschwitz
Desean Jackson and his teammates need to see for themselves why Adolf Hitler – and even Louis Farrakhan – are not role models
The right to asylum was recognized after the Holocaust. Is it over?
Trump is using COVID-19 as cover to end America’s system of welcoming and protecting hundreds of thousands of refugees from all over the world
PHOTO ESSAY: A visit to Ramla, a city not to be missed
From the marketplace and its cats to the mosques and churches of a mixed (majority-Jewish) city, this place offers a snapshot into the complexity of Israel
Avi S. Olitzky
I felt physically ill at the idea of using a cemetery for recreation, but composed myself so that I could discuss it with my children
It’s my blogaversary. Here’s what I’ve learned about storytelling.
Marital rape is expressly forbidden in Jewish law. However…
No sex ed plus nearly no interaction with your spouse-to-be plus the belief that marriage must be consummated the first night is practically a recipe for sex without consent
Furloughed by the Jewish Burial Society
I tied a special knot on a special garment, and I was initiated into the near-secret society that cares for the dead
Shoshanna Keats Jaskoll
God listened to women. Why doesn’t Boro Park Hatzolah?
Some female EMTs are trying to save lives. Some male EMTs are trying to block their ambulance license. Approving the women’s initiative may take divine intervention
In our Orthodox community, teaching my children anti-racism is an uphill battle
I don’t want to have to choose between being a part of a community that fights racism and one that allows me to observe Orthodox Judaism
Peter Beinart to attend the Zionist Congress? I hope so.
His arguments for dismantling Israel are faulty, naïve and unviable, but they do highlight serious issues that are far too often ignored.
The ‘Children of God’ circus of Gondar, Ethiopia
The grinning kids flew through the air, performing double-backflips with no apparent effort – a sharp contrast to the many who are stuck on the ground there, awaiting aliyah
Making mikveh history!
A 2,000 year-old-mikveh was discovered near my home, but it will be replaced by a traffic intersection without the right funding to stop that ’progress’
HaDassah Sabo Milner
To my captain, as he leaves the army
You can be relieved that you have finished this long IDF stint as you embark on civilian life – and I can now sleep at night, without worrying about you in the army
Reforms in early intervention for kids with special needs may mean disaster
Plans to shift services from private and municipal options to Israeli HMOs will likely cause critical delays in providing crucial support
My daughter pulled the masks off us all
Remember that viral video when the police harassed a girl for not wearing her mask? Believe it or not, a lot of good came of it
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