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JUNE 15, 2017 – In this week’s Torah portion Moses sends 12 leaders to scout the Promised Land. After 40 days, they return with a giant cluster of grapes, among other luscious fruits, to showcase the fertility of the land, one “flowing with milk and honey.” However, the vitality that this land gives to its Read More

JUNE 15, 2017 – The compelling, decisive Israeli victory in the 1967 Six-Day War has a mixed aftermath that resounds today in the Middle East. For Israel, the war announced to the world that the Jewish state had come of age militarily and no longer stood in danger of being overwhelmed by its Arab neighbors. For Read More

JUNE 15, 2017 – President Donald J. Trump’s latest Executive Order suspending the admission of people from a group of predominantly Muslim countries has been ruled unconstitutional by lower federal courts, setting up a likely showdown in the Supreme Court. Many of the people seeking entry from the designated countries are Muslim refugees, fleeing violent Read More

JUNE 15, 2017 – TEL AVIV ‒ When you’re looking back on years past, do you truly remember the differences between one year and the next? Was there something significant about the year I turned 24 to distinguish it from the year I turned 27? Not particularly. Perhaps I grew professionally, maybe I made some Read More

JUNE 15, 2017 – While we generally regard Shavuot as the time when our ancestors received the Torah, and a time for excessive amounts of dairy that inevitably upset our (Ashkenazi) Jewish stomachs, this year, for me, it’s much more. It’s the last festival I’ll celebrate in the United States before making Aliyah this month Read More

JUNE 15, 2017 – Israel's military triumph over three enemy states in June 1967 is the most outstandingly successful war of all recorded history. The Six-Day War also was deeply consequential for the Middle East, establishing the permanence of the Jewish state, dealing a death blow to pan-Arab nationalism, and ironically worsening Israel's place in Read More

Penny Schwartz’s “Recon­structing Polish synagogues destroyed in Holocaust” (Journal, June 1), accompanied by John Kennard’s photos of Frank Stella’s abstract interpretations from Maria’s and Kazimierz’s Piechotka depictions in their book “Wooden Synagogues,” is as much symbolic medicine as an introduction to some of Mr. Stella’s most engaging works. Thank you for presenting these invigorating, palpable Read More

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JUNE 15, 2017 – In recent days, there’s been much talk of Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize lecture submission for literature – a 4,100-word essay that focuses on his musical and literary influences, and how their art inspired him to become a songwriter and storyteller. This week, Slate reported that at least 20 sentences of a Read More