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Wednesday, August 21, 2019
What Dvir Sorek’s picture won’t tell you
By Liel Zahavi-Asa
Don’t judge others by the externals: don’t believe yourself superior, and don’t teach the next generation the hatred that leads to more pain and suffereng
Israel’s warm ties with nations that duck their Holocaust crimes
Red-carpet treatment for Croatia’s president, whose approach to past war crimes is at best ambivalent, is an affront to victims of former Nazi collaborators
Russian revolutions
We Jews are old hands at fighting Russian hegemony, and we must defend democracy in the US and in Russia, just as Russian Jews are poised to do in Israel
Counting those ‘lost seats’
Netanyahu blamed right-wing voters for squandering 7 mandates on parties that didn’t pass the electoral threshold. That’s not even close to being true
The Haredi threat to constitutional democracy and equal rights
The sex discrimination against women in public spaces is just the beginning of the havoc the ultra-Orthodox are wreaking on Israeli society
Shutting down the show
The feminists who sued to stop a Hasidic singer’s separate seating concert stole a night of musical uplift from a crowd that would have attended happily
Demand decisive action against gun violence
By Shammai Engelmayer
We can do something to stop the devastatingly high incidence of shootings in the US: convince Congress to act responsibly, to protect all of us
I used to want to be a combat soldier
The Israeli police stop me and ask if there’s a knife in my backpack when I’m waiting for the bus; why should I put my life on the line for this country?
Indifference increases suffering
When alleged sex abusers like Malka Leifer find a haven in Israel, shielded by the ultra-Orthodox in government, we must ask where is the outrage of our leadership?
I made sure my husband wasn’t a public safety threat
A 74-year-old who was neurologically impaired enough to shoot and kill a man was driving and carrying a weapon — someone didn’t do his or her job
Optalgin: A tale of medical woe
A pain reliever was banned in the US and elsewhere in the 1970s because of potentially fatal side effects; why is it available over-the-counter in Israeli pharmacies?
Words that last
What would we say if we knew what we were saying would be our last? A unlikely comparison between William Henry Harrison and Moses (Devarim)
4 long distance hiking trails in Israel
By Erez Speiser
Israel’s National Trail made National Geographic’s top 20 epic hikes in the world — don’t you want to see for yourself?
more Choice voices: Tisha b'av on the blogs
Shira Pasternak Be'eri
A Tisha B’Av of coexistence
When an Arab family barbecued near our reading of Lamentations in Jerusalem, and the police asked them to move, we asked them to stay
Sara Wolkenfeld
Finding myself as a parent on Tisha B’Av
Sitting on the floor with my brood of 5 is not a stretch, but prayer and reflection have become a challenge, and I know I’m not alone. Here’s my new approach
Paul Mirbach
Why I will not fast on Tisha B’Av
With so much baseless hatred in contemporary society, the symbolic suffering of the day is meaningless
Yael Shahar
Tisha B’Av: Should we still fast?
For 2,000 years, we were in no position to repeat past mistakes; these days, we need the ’national flashback’ to remind us what happens if we fail again
Shayna Abramson
Why was the Third Temple destroyed?
The sages of the Talmud consider terrorism, settlements, the Women of the Wall, and the Pride parade, as they debate the culprit (Tisha B’Av)
Shayna Goldberg
Mourning… again
When it comes to the loss of the Temple, it’s too easy to lose focus; what I can’t ignore is the murder of an innocent teen, five minutes from my home
Andres Spokoiny
Condensing our victimhood (Tisha Be’Av 5779)
Reserving 24 hours to mourn all of the tragedies of Jewish history protects us from the self-pity of a victim mentality contaminating the whole year
Ilana Sober Elzufon
Can we hear each other?
Israelis and Palestinians deny the other’s foundational story, which makes dialogue difficult, but it is essential to reaching any resolution (Tisha B’Av)
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