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Old City Poems

I confess to writing poetry instead of listening to the tour guide. This was the result! … Read More

Monocausal Reductionism and the Danger of Sloganeering

Reducing complex realities to single causes is always tempting, but perilous. An old Hungarian professor taught me why, and how to avoid it. … Read More

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In Praise of the Brave IDF Heroes on the Gaza Border

If you only get news about Israel from CNN you may think that headline must be either satirical or written by a moral monster. Think again, and have a listen. … Read More

New Review from New Friends

Once in a while, if you’re lucky, you get a reminder why you do what you do… … Read More

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Holocaust Remembrance Day: What’s Left to Say

Over seventy years after the Holocaust, what’s left to say about it? That’s the question Thane Rosenbaum addresses in a recent article. We take up that question, discuss his answer, and also ask whether the Holocaust is really so different, where it stands in Jewish history, and what does it demand of us? In this week’s Jewish Geography Podcast. … Read More

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Passover Playlist for Our Times

Anti-semitic attacks in France got you down? Hamas and Hezbollah on your mind? Have no fear. Here’s a little timeless, [mostly] Jewish, musical wisdom to get you into the holiday spirit! … Read More

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Divided Roads

When I was in the tour guiding course we went to Nazareth and visited the White Mosque. It’s a beautiful old mosque, made of white stone, rising above the alleyways of the old city. An elderly man showed us up to … Read More

3 Things You Should Never Say to Yourself

Lots of memes tell you what not to say. Here are some tools for how to listen. … Read More

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Modeh Ani, Thanks Upon Awakening

Thank you living and eternal King for returning my soul to me with mercy. Great is your faithfulness. This is my loose translation of the ‘Modeh Ani’ prayer, which is the first words uttered by an observant Jew upon becoming … Read More

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No Excuses

On Struggling with Exercise and with Prayer Exercise and Not Making Excuses I recently started an exercise program, thanks to the great, 100% free (no BS) site www.neilarey.com which made it ridiculously easy to get started. I’ve struggled for years … Read More