Let the lion lie with the lamb

Let the lion lie with the lamb

March 26, 2021

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Minimal Israeli national unity, or simple political sanity, must override a pull toward the extremes. Unless the Islamists of Raam can lie with the “Hardal-ists” of Religious Zionism, Binyamin Netanyahu has no government. Unless the left wingers of Meretz and Labor can lie with the right wingers of Yamina, the anybody-but-Bibi camp has no government…

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Wines to Drink at the Pesach Seder this Year, and Why

Wines to Drink at the Pesach Seder this Year, and Why

March 22, 2021

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A trilogy of articles about the meaning of wine in Jewish tradition, and about quality kosher wines for Passover. Meir Soloveichik provides the Torah; Josh London recommends wines from the US and Europe, and I suggest Israeli wines for the five seder cups.

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Israeli elections elegy

Israeli elections elegy

March 19, 2021

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A “sticker song” which rolls campaign clichés and slogans into a dirge on Israel’s political jam. Here is the refrain: How much bile can one swallow? Only Bibi. Anybody but Bibi. I vote, therefore I am. Father, have mercy, Father, have mercy. We all scream for ice cream. Gevalt.

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Cancel Culture: Is Banning the Bible Next?

Mar 12, 2021

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Cancel Culture: Is Banning the Bible Next?

The terror of “woke” cancel culture knows no bounds. First, they came for Babar the Elephant; then for Curious George; then for Disney children’s movies; then Mr. Potato Head; and then Dr. Seuss. Undoubtedly next on the guillotine will be the Berenstein Bears. Soon enough, they will come after the Bible for its “racist” and “gender-backwards” content.

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God’s baleful blank ballot

Mar 5, 2021

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God’s baleful blank ballot

Israel’s repeat, repulsive election campaigns have God at the end of His wits. Might the People of Israel awaken, their purported leaders repent, and a respectable campaign that emphasizes policy and values yet be run? Or may God throw in the towel and cast a blank ballot of non-confidence?

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Wine: A drink for all occasions (Purim)

Feb 26, 2021

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Wine: A drink for all occasions (Purim)

My semi-annual guide to superb Israeli wines – for effacing enemies on Purim and celebrating freedom on Pesach. With wines from Bin-Nun, Castel, Drimia, Flam, Hayotzer, Lueria, Mayacamas, Netofa, Oryah, Shiloh, Teperberg, Yatir – and Mayacamas.

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Homage to Moshko

Feb 19, 2021

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Homage to Moshko

In memorium: Over 96 years, Moshe “Moshko” Moskowitz lived to see many of his far-reaching plans for the building of Gush Etzion fulfilled, and more.

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The return of “progressive” American Mideast diplomacy

Feb 12, 2021

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The return of “progressive” American Mideast diplomacy

A wholesale changeover in Washington’s foreign policy elites is underway; a substitution of mindsets that worries Israel. Here is a survey of recent deep-think journal articles that map the shift.

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Haredim: Do your civic duty

Feb 5, 2021

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Haredim: Do your civic duty

When there is a desecration of G-d’s name and danger to public health, one does not shy away from criticism of haredi leaders.

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The unbearable lightness of being Yanki

Jan 29, 2021

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The unbearable lightness of being Yanki

Haredi leadership seems to prize communal autonomy above all, even at the expense of exposure to deadly illness. Yanki Kanievsky is a metaphor for such “unbearable lightness,” the preposterous and perilously cavalier haredi assertion of freedom.

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A Taste of Israeli Wines, for Tu BeShvat (video)

Jan 28, 2021

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A Taste of Israeli Wines, for Tu BeShvat (video)

To mark Tu BeShvat, the holiday celebrating fruit from the Land of Israel, the World Mizrachi movement invited me to produce a wine TV program. To this end, I interviewed five top Israeli winemakers and tasted their best wines along with them.

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Fourteen favorite books of 2020

Jan 22, 2021

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Fourteen favorite books of 2020

My third annual list of best books on Israeli and Jewish matters, ranging from diplomacy and history to Torah commentary.

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A tribute to Trump’s winning Mideast policies

Jan 15, 2021

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A tribute to Trump’s winning Mideast policies

US President-elect Joe Biden ought not jettison the outgoing administration’s Mideast achievements – successful policies that made the US and Israel safer and stronger! – because of Trump’s turpitude.

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A Crystal Ball on 2021

Jan 8, 2021

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A Crystal Ball on 2021

A political-diplomatic forecast for the year ahead: Fourth and fifth Israeli elections, a rotten new/old nuclear deal with Iran, more trouble from Trump.

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Six Perspectives on Peace between Israel and the Gulf States

Jan 6, 2021

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Six Perspectives on Peace between Israel and the Gulf States

A collection of six optimistic op-ed columns I have published since the “Abraham Accords” were signed, including three articles based on extensive conversations with Emirati intellectuals and community leaders during a week-long visit to Dubai.

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Can the “Abrahamic narrative” grow beyond the Gulf states?

Jan 4, 2021

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Can the “Abrahamic narrative” grow beyond the Gulf states?

There are several ways in which the Emiratis and Bahrainis (and perhaps soon the Saudis) can bring about a slow but sea change in Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian (and Egyptian and Jordanian) attitudes towards Israel.

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Is peace with the Gulf states real? Yes, it is.

Jan 1, 2021

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Is peace with the Gulf states real? Yes, it is.

Emirati pursuit of peace with Israel is backed by a genuine discourse of religious moderation and broad-mindedness.

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‘Tis the season to nail Israel

Dec 25, 2020

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‘Tis the season to nail Israel

This should be the season for a global defense campaign for beleaguered Christians in the Middle East. Instead, the Western media purveys the false impression that Christians are under assault by Israelis….and intersectionalists have risen to smash Israel for Christmas.

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