Politics

New Year’s predictions from the past

September 25, 2022

When I was a teenager, every New Year’s Day, my family would gather together to make predictions about what the coming year might bring.

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Can the Talmud save us from structural stupidity?

July 3, 2022

American social psychologist and professor of ethical leadership at New York University Jonathan Haidt published an alarming article in the Atlantic magazine earlier this year that has since gone viral.  In the piece, Why the Past 10 Years of American Life Have Been Uniquely Stupid, he asked provocatively: Is social media compatible with democracy? His somber conclusion: […]

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Palestine is not Ukraine

March 27, 2022

Gigi Hadid might be competent walking down the runway, but when it comes to expressing her views on international affairs, she’s in way over her lingerie.

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Bari Weiss is my hero

January 15, 2022

Bari Weiss’s political outlook is not one with which I normally identify. But the more I’ve been reading her newsletter, the more I find myself nodding in agreement.

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Israel is not a symbol

December 18, 2021

Israel, to much of the world, is a symbol rather than an actual place, and that’s preventing us from thinking out-of-the-box about solutions.

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Jews are not white: Race and identity in Israel and the U.S.

November 21, 2021

Should Jews and Israelis be considered “white supremacists?” Are Jews from Arab countries “white?” If so, then who are the people of color?

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When cancel culture comes for you

November 10, 2021

When cancel culture comes for the Jews, it comes for all of us. Here are some times I was canceled in the past and what that means for the future

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11 ways to distinguish real from fake pandemic news

September 26, 2021

Amidst a torrent of pandemic misinformation, I’ve compiled a list of 11 ways to distinguish between real and fake pandemic news. Essential reading in confusing times!

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When anti-vaxxers get Covid

August 15, 2021

Is it OK to have schadenfreude (the German expression for “pleasure derived from someone else’s misfortune”) when an anti-vaxxer contracts Covid-19? The Internet seems to think so.

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Musings of an Israeli in America

July 6, 2021

I just spent three weeks in the U.S. I have nine observations, covering everything from masks to pancakes. Plus one-hour weed delivery!

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