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Thanksgiving could not have been more Normal Rockwell traditional in my childhood home. I woke up to the scent of a turkey already in the oven and came downstairs to find pies and more already baked. … more
Carved into the rock on the side of a mountain directly under the Har HaMenuchot cemetery here lies the entrance to Jerusalem’s newest necropolis, a city of the dead that its … more
The concluding section of our parasha, Chayei Sharah, presents the first narrative of the Yitzchak and Rivka story. In the midst of these pasukim, we encounter a verse that conceals far more than it … more
The Trump administration is reversing the Obama administration’s approach towards Israeli settlements. U.S. public statements on settlement activities in the West Bank have been inconsistent … more
Jewish and Israel-related groups quickly reacted to the announcement by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the U.S. would no longer view Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria as illegal under … more
One of the great satisfactions of life as an educator is watching a student’s face when “the penny drops,” when a difficulty or question they have struggled with suddenly is resolved. Equally … more
When it came time to find a wife for Yitzchak, Avraham, in this week’s parsha, Chayei Sarah, was very clear in his instructions to his servant. He makes him swear “that you will not … more
Monday will long be remembered as a turning point in Middle East history. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s statement that Israeli settlements are not illegal per se is the most … more
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday that Israeli settlement activity in Judea and Samaria is not illegal “per se.” This reversed a 1978 legal opinion by President … more
The language of the Torah is, in Erich Auerbach’s famous phrase, “fraught with background.” Behind the events that are openly told are shadowy stories left for us to decipher. Hidden beneath … more
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