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Choice Voices for the Week of
Thursday, July 30, 2020
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Amir Bar Shalom
Hezbollah plays by tit-for-tat – and it wants blood
Hezbollah is an organization that likes parity, especially under the leadership of Hassan Nasrallah. This zealous adherence to a tit-for-tat policy is what has brought us, once again this week, to a state of high tension in the north. But the contours of the policy can be traced back at least to May 2000, when Israel, despite the many disagreements with Hezbollah about the precise border line, withdrew from south Lebanon to the UN-sanctioned international border. At the time, Prime Minister Ehud Barak, was right to insist on international recognition...
Mark Zuckerberg, kick Holocaust denial off Facebook now
The social media giant has ignored requests to get rid of this hate speech. Will it finally respond to anguished pleas from survivors themselves?
A tale of two protests in two cities (and Jerusalem wins)
Tel Aviv ’s laid back, spread out goody-goodies are no match for the packed, resolute throngs facing down police water cannons in the capital
Anarchy is not activism
Israel is a messy democracy, it’s true, but it surely is not a fascist state or even this platform with its various ideas would be shut down
For these I weep
After 32 years of living in Israel, this is the first time I wish I didn’t live here. And yet I’m heartened by the protestors and by a bare breasted woman
An adolescent girl with waist-length hair walks down the street making her way through a playlist. Her friend comments on the delicate Star-of-David pendant peeking out from beneath her ribbed tank, and her grandmother’s soft face flits across her mind’s eye. * * * A brother and sister in their mid-50s leave their families for a week to clean out a basement. They vacillate hourly between waves of nostalgia, complaining about the mold, and resenting their parents’ refusals to purge while they still could. Decades-old Scotch tape crumbles under their fingers,...
The Temple, the messiah and Jesus
Depicting the Temple’s destruction as punishment for the death of Christ has no grounding in Hebrew scriptures’ ideas on messiah
As if the tragedy were happening today
Our present experience of quarantine and isolation can help us connect with the timeless sorrow for a destroyed Jerusalem
Rachel Sharansky Danziger
The days after Tisha B’Av
Mourning on its own will not revive the spirit of the Temple. We must connect with other people until we are free to truly live and truly love
It’s a grand new housing plan, except for the fine print
Subsidizing cheap old apartments in poor towns won’t solve the housing shortage for the ultra-Orthodox, but it will destroy those towns’ social fabric
You can’t quarantine a 3-year-old in her room alone
Does our isolation really matter, when the government changes the rules every few minutes and the police write mask tickets with their own masks hanging off their ears?
The pandemic is hard enough for parents without school-shaming
It’s the newest front in Mommy Wars: Plan to send your kids to school? You must hate teachers. Want to keep them home? You’re a sheep.
Is it safe to send them back to school?
Rachel M. Roth
Here are 3 key points for the Ministry of Education to keep in mind as they make decisions, and a little strategy to help keep our kids safe
A Jewish boycott of Twitter could backfire
The 2-day strike to protest Twitter’s handling of anti-Semitism has a whiff of anti-Black racism, and, in any case, silence is not the answer
Bazy Swirsky Rubin
The psych ward, my baby, and Tisha B’Av
Is it just me, or does everybody focus on their own painful memories instead of sorrowing for the loss of something we never experienced firsthand?
Why can’t I find mint chocolate chip ice cream in Israel?
At first, I just did without, but then COVID-19 shut down the world, and obtaining my favorite flavor became my pandemic obsession
Making family memories despite the obstacles
What will children living in close corona lockdown quarters take from this time? What will become their magical childhood moments?
We’ve stopped caring that people are dying
The new wave is not less harmful than the first: 59 (and counting) Israelis died of COVID-19 this past week alone
Jabotinsky in the mirror of reality
The father of Revisionist Zionism knew what we keep relearning: Applying sovereignty to Jews in all parts of the Land of Israel is inevitable
Eulogy for a newspaper: Thoughts of a Jewish Week reader
Shifting to digital should serve the paper well, but I mourn the end of this era of the Jewish paper of my youth and its grand old Jewishly engaged readership
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