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This week I am presenting a guest writer, Rabbi Jeremy Rosen, whose essay, “Italian Talmud,” excerpted below, introduces us to an interesting chapter in the long history … more
The British Daily Mail last week published a 1986 letter from Prince Charles to an American friend in which the heir to the British throne urged the U.S. to “take on the Jewish lobby” and … more
I was always taught to be thankful. My grandmother told me to be thankful for all the toys I had and the Chanukah gelt she gave me. My other grandmother told me to be thankful I didn’t … more
Another week, another centennial. Following the Balfour Declaration’s milestone, it’s now time to look back on the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, where a communist insurrection in … more
Over the past week the contents of the new book “Hacks,” written by former interim DNC Chair Donna Brazile, has been in the headlines. Some commentators … more
Maimonides said, “No disease that can be treated by diet should be treated with any other means.” That makes a lot of sense, especially given what we know about … more
Seriously, how is possible that it’s almost Thanksgiving. Wasn’t it just Sukkot, didn’t we just put away our sukkah? Oh, wait, no, we didn’t. My husband Jerry and his son … more
Prior to the referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan on Sept. 25, the leaders of Iran, Turkey and Iraq all foretold of the coming of a “second Israel” if Kurdish independence was the end … more
Every year, as the yahrzeit of Yitzhak Rabin rolls around, subconsciously I feel some level of discomfort and tension. Like every other Israeli, remember that terrible day in 1995 all too well. It … more
Eternity. What does it mean? Does anything really last forever? Many years ago, in the pre-dawn darkness on an empty Jerusalem road, I discovered just how fleeting life can be. After a very late … more
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