December 21, 2017

Three days of rage Muslims proclaimed

When Mr. Trump his statement made:

Israel's capital, he told them,

Is sure and true Jerusalem.

Were they Arab, Turk or Persian,

Even the Karachi version,

Muslims ranted, set on fire

Flag or woman, car or tire,

In ecstatic protest foaming,


June 1, 2017

Big surprise. On this second day of Shavuot in the galut, 2017, as the soon to be extinct Christians reckon time, President Donald Trump, contrary to his electoral promise, signed the waiver stipulating that the American Embassy in Israel shall remain in Tel Aviv and n...

February 19, 2017

People forget that the two-state solution was a Jewish idea. Precisely for that reason it has never worked and never will work. If the Palestinians had come up with it they would have seen to it that they were already living in peace with the Israelis, side by side, in...

January 26, 2017

The nations of the world continue to gang up on Israel. They prefer, for some deluded reasons of their own, to reward Palestinian intransigence, lies, murder and implacable hostility to Israel and think somehow this will result in peace. If Israel had any sense, it wou...

January 25, 2017

In justifying the United States’ refusal to veto the recent UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria and Israeli building in Jerusalem, John Kerry, his boss, Barack Obama, and their spokespeople kept insisting that Jewish const...

January 10, 2017

The Torah portion Vayigash, for which Ezekiel’s parable of the two sticks become one is the haftorah, narrates Judah’s magnificent and moving offer of reconciliation to Joseph. As we read on in the Torah we see that the reconciliation is not complete, but it is enough...

January 9, 2017

In the haftorah last Shabbat, the biblical narrative read in correspondence with the Torah text of Vayigash, God’s word came to Ezekiel much as Judah’s words came to Joseph as he tried to explain to his brother, on behalf of the rest of his male siblings, that the time...

November 22, 2016

The nation state is a modern invention. Swaths of territory form a country which belongs not to the king but to the people. The bond tying the people together and making them sovereign is not the same as that which bound the monarchy, and beyond it the aristocracy, nam...

November 15, 2016

In the old days, when Aristotle was around, philosophy embraced science; and the gods, as Homer put it, though gods, were conspicuous. With the Roman Empire the mind of western man, at least, turned to engineering and the army. But then the Roman Empire collapsed and a...

November 8, 2016

The answer to that question is no. But then, did not Balaam thus prophesize when he said the Israelites are a people that shall dwell alone?

Dwelling alone is not the curse it may seem. In the old days it meant that Israel would not be an imperial power, not set out to...

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Were they Arab, Turk...

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