• February 8, 2018

    Once Again With Poland: Whose Holocaust Is This?

    Jewish Week

    A true paradox of this age of 24-hour news cycles and big data, where everything is verifiable and every moment is captured on smart phones, is that news itself is being called “fake,” with facts casually disputed as lies.

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  • January 5, 2018

    Remembering Aharon Appelfeld, from charnel house to whorehouse to a home in Israel

    Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    Arguably the world’s greatest writer of fiction about the world’s foremost nonfiction atrocity, the Holocaust, died Thursday in Israel. Aharon Appelfeld, a Holocaust survivor himself and one of the icons of Israel’s first generation, was 85. No writer captured and reclaimed the lost world of European Jewish life with as much imaginative intensity and heartfelt longing.

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  • November 5, 2017

    Larry David Goes One Cringe Too Far

    Jewish Journal

    With his appearance on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, Larry David, the undisputed king of cringe-comedy, may have finally crossed a line. It is a symbolic line, admittedly, one that artists draw for themselves both morally and aesthetically.  But it is a line nonetheless.

    Of course, it’s not a line David would ever hesitate crossing again.  He’s taken that same devilish step many times in the past—all for laughs.

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  • May 28, 2017

    The Six Day War that Lasted 50 Years

    Times of Israel

    The Six Day War, which marked its 50th-year anniversary under the Hebrew calendar this past week, was brief in duration but infinite in consequence. No other war has ever presented the paradox of a victorious nation, annihilating its enemies so thoroughly that one of them barely got a plane off the ground, almost instantly suing for peace rather than setting the terms for surrender.

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  • April 28, 2017

    Palestinians are rewarding terrorists. The U.S. should stop enabling them.

    Washington Post Sunday Outlook Section

    When President Trump met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in February, stepping into the fray of the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, he expressed his opinion on the one- or two-state solution by saying, “I can live with either one.”

    Trump will meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas this coming week. One item that ought to be on the agenda is a scarcely known feature of civic life in the West Bank: monthly salaries and lump-sum payments to terrorists. Without apology or shame, and yet in conflict with the Oslo Accords and professed aspirations for peace, the Palestinian Authority is running a bounty system. Payments to terrorists and their families are enshrined in Palestinian law, provided for in the Palestinian Authority budget and indirectly supported by foreign aid.

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