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The Worthy Life – II

Last time, I talked about what it means to live a worthy life and how Israelis’ existential condition – in which each of them is responsible for defending and building a nation – has made them some of the happiest people on the face of the earth. For those of us who do not live […]

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A Worthy Life

I’m reading a book that again reminds me how much we’re leaving unused our most potent argument for creating attachment to Israel among not just Jews but everyone else in the world. Leading a Worthy Life by Leon Kass is not about Judaism, Israel or the Middle East (although the author is the child of […]

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The Price

The price even a non-intentional embrace of anti-Israel propaganda places on the believer was brought home to me during a recent conversation with a good friend, whose opinion I respect on all matters, who was aghast at the bloodletting at the Gaza border over the last month. Interestingly, she was willing to accept that the […]

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The Seige – Gaza Version

I remember getting a lot of pushback once I started using the siege metaphor to describe Israel’s situation, both historically and as part of a wider discussion of how to look at our battle with Israel’s enemies through the lens of military conflict. That criticism largely stemmed from a misunderstanding of siege warfare, with advocates […]

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Framing

It’s only natural that we humans make sense of the world by placing things into categories.  Action movies vs. comedies.  The “Fruits and Vegetables food group vs. “Breads and Cereals.”  Conservative vs.  liberal. Mental shortcuts that help us streamline our thinking are called “heuristics,” and while they can be an asset when trying to figure […]

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Naming and Shaming

I’ve recently read So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by British journalist Jon Ronson which looks at a reemergence of public shaming, one where it is the Internet serves as the judge sentencing others to the stocks, the stocks themselves, and the mob throwing rotten fruit at the stocked defendant. One of the reasons such shaming […]

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Whoops!

I’ve gotten a bit lazy in keeping this site updated with postings originally shared at Elder of Ziyon over the last few months. I’m planning to rectify that situation by synching things up over the next couple of weeks, so expect some daily postings this week and next.  (Loyal subscribes – Don’t be shocked if […]

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Universalism vs. Particularism

When we joined our first temple a decade ago, my wife and I were primarily looking to give our kids the Jewish education we never had.  But it was clear during new-member orientation that the community we were entering offered many ways to explore being a Jewish adult, with strongly hinted encouragement that those who […]

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