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Thursday, September 3, 2020
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What if Seth Rogen wasn’t (entirely) wrong?
If we want our young people to take Israel seriously, we must offer them a sophisticated discussion on peoplehood, history, and culture, not a list of wars and conflict
Why are Jews stuck in the Amazon?
Jewish converts in the remote city of Iquitos are eligible to move to Israel. The government keeps them out by simply ignoring their applications.
The Israel-UAE agreement’s greatest achievement: Little Arab protest
In a sign of political maturity, the Arab public is more focused on voicing opposition to Iranian meddling in Iraqi and Lebanese affairs
From the blogs
Palestinian leaders! Wake up and smell the statehood!
Bishara A. Bahbah
Two bold moves — a phone call to Donald Trump and an Arab mini-summit — could give your people a real future. What have you got to lose?
Israel endorses the architects of the genocide in Darfur
It’s hard to see a direct benefit to Israel of supporting military commanders instead of civilian leaders. The meetings appear to be a favor to the UAE
‘Balfour’: Israel’s history, reality and destiny
Today, the Jerusalem location of the Prime Minister’s residence is a symbol for many Israelis of Netanyahu’s abuse of power
Whose right is it anyway?
While throngs of protestors packed the public square this summer, I had to cancel my only son’s bar mitzvah party. Why?
The elephant in the room isn’t wearing a mask
COVID-19 is hitting every group, every demographic, every stratum of Israeli society; of course, my wife expected other clinic patients to be as careful as she was
When it comes to this disease, Israel is losing the war: sound policy was discarded long ago and hundreds, or more, will die in the coming weeks
Lessons from my 13-year-old son at his pandemic bar mitzvah
When you’re 13 and you can only invite 10 friends to your big event, and you discover that you’re happiest with even fewer, you have your priorities straight
Wrestling with Shlomo Carlebach
His music is so captivating, and my personal connection runs so deep, that when I stopped listening to Shlomo, it was like a punch to the gut
Why is your Israel so different from my Israel?
Wanting a moral country above everything else is a whole lot easier when you have no contact with the population that gives you reason to prioritize security
For this photographer, African Hebrew Israelites are kings and queens
An upcoming exhibition in Holon will showcase the regal beauty of this Dimona-based community
When life says: Revise your plans
Even when you are a frail grandmother in an unpredictable world, a broken leg is easier to fix than a broken heart
How to move (countries) without killing anyone
6 tips that got me across the ocean (and through other tasks since), including accepting that things will definitely go wrong
Why I am not excited about Israel’s deal with the UAE
No quick trip to Abu Dhabi will make up for the irresponsible ways that Netanyahu and Trump have mishandled their health and economic policies
Many Orthodox Jews support President Trump. I’m one of them.
For my community, what’s the bigger present threat? A far-right extremist in a distant rural town, or a looter in a Jewish neighborhood?
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