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Back to the Future: Rosh Hashanah Day 1 5782

The year was 1944. As the second World War raged overseas, my grandfather (of blessed memory) was a young army private, based at Camp Croft, South Carolina. To that point, he hadn’t been deployed overseas because he served as a … Continue reading

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The Internal Israel War – Rosh Hashanah Day 2 5775

            There is no way to sugarcoat it: this was an extremely long and brutal summer for the State of Israel. After three young Israeli boys were kidnapped by terrorists linked to Hamas and then … Continue reading

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Only Hope Can Save Us

Widespread despair. If nothing else, that has been one result of the recent fighting between Israel and Hamas. After all, there have been two seemingly identical wars in the past six years. This cycle of hostility has begun to feel … Continue reading

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The Past is not Past

In 2008-2009, Adira and I were living in Israel. That winter, tensions with Hamas in Gaza erupted into war. Here is what I wrote to our family then, on January 4, 2009. I believe I could, more than likely, have written it … Continue reading

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Is Spying on Citizens Kosher?

“Big Brother is watching you.” That is one of the most iconic lines from George Orwell’s classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, but it could also describe one of 2013’s defining stories. In June, The Guardian exposed a classified court order that directed Verizon, … Continue reading

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The Jewish Necessity to Question the Israel-Gaza Conflict

Over the past few years, Hamas operatives in Gaza have been indiscriminately firing rockets into Israeli civilian population centers. When the shelling dramatically increased last week, the Israeli government decided to initiate a strong military response. The Israeli government claims … Continue reading

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Israel, Iran, and Trayvon Martin

Reposted from: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/the-line-connecting-trayvon-martin-and-an-israeli-attack-on-iran-1.426760 “If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then what is it? That’s right, it’s a duck. But this duck is a nuclear duck and it’s time the world started … Continue reading

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Reflections on a Pilgrimage to Whitwell – Parashat Shemini/Yom Ha-Shoah 2012

This past Sunday and Monday, I accompanied a group of our teens and parents to Whitwell, Tennessee.  It was a pilgrimage, of sorts, to visit the Whitwell Middle School Children’s Holocaust Memorial, the culmination of what has become known worldwide … Continue reading

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Would God Want Israel to Attack Iran?

Reprinted from: http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/would-god-want-israel-to-attack-iran-1.416343#article_comments Israeli officials have recently ramped up their arguments for striking Iranian nuclear facilities. So far, there has been silence among Jewish religious thinkers about whether attacking Iran would be consonant with Jewish values. So what would Judaism … Continue reading

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