Monthly Archives: September 2016

Scatology, Iconoclasm, and Modern Art (This is Not An Ancient Israelite Toilet)

The Israeli press in English has been all over the recent discovery of this toilet at the gate-shrine at Lachish from the 8th C. BCE around the time of Hezekiah’s religious reforms . You can read about it here. I’m using … Continue reading

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(Israel in the World) Shimon Peres (Obituary by Juan Cole)

This obituary by Juan Cole is interesting. A professor of Middle East History, Cole is a critic of Israel, but by no means an unreasoning one. His words are not nasty, not snarky. They suggest how different and how much … Continue reading

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Shimon Peres z”l

There is something both remarkable and piteous about the passing of Shimon Peres. It marks the end of old Israel. Peres was not a sabra. He was born Szymon Perski in 1923 in Vishnev, Poland, and immigrated to British Mandate Palestine with … Continue reading

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I’m With Clinton

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Settlement Boycott Statement

Anyone interested in the settlement-boycott statement recently published at the New York Review of books can read it here. I’m of mixed mind. On the one hand, I support the statement. As a “liberal Zionist,” I think the most important … Continue reading

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(Red & White) Churches & Synagogue (Greenpoint)

The other week I stumbled across these red-brick and white brick churches and a synagogue in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn. They are well preserved historical structures that are still-functioning religious institutions. The buildings reflect national and religious origins that … Continue reading

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Tacky & Lurid (Trump & Netanyahu)

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