The Occasional Kvetch

Zionism is dead. Long live Israel

There is a time when certain words have outlived their usefulness.  I believe that “Zionism” is a word whose time has come and gone. I first discovered a problem with the word some fifty...
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What Is Needed Now

Demonstrations in Israel and the world are urging the return of the hostages and support for Israel war of extermination against Hamas; opposing rallies in the Arab world and around the globe are...
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Whoopi Goldberg is right; so is the ADL

Earlier this year, Whoopi Goldberg said that the Nazi-led genocide known as the Holocaust was “white on white” violence.  Her comments that landed her a two-week suspension from “The View.”...
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Against the “Judeo-Christian Tradition”

Some American politicians like to claim that their policies are based on the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition. For Jews, there are no Judeo-Christian values and the Judeo-Christian...
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Religious Freedom and the Right to Abortion

Roe v. Wade is based on the Supreme Court’s decision that the Constitution includes a right to privacy and thus a woman’s right to determine whether or not she needs an abortion, i.e. what...
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Saving Shavuot

Poor Shavuot! It lacks the kind of home observance—like seders, matza and maror for Pesach; sukkahs, lulavs and etrogs for Sukkot; latkes, gifts and menorahs for Hanukkah—that would endear it to...
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Israel’s “Family Reunification” Law

I’m confused. The new Israeli government was seeking to extend the 2003 Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law, the so-called “Family Reunification Law”, which typically involves an Israeli...
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Thoughts on Turning Seventy

Now that I have completed seventy earth orbits I feel it is time for some reflections. Seventy years is the start date of the planned obsolescence of the human body, as is stated in Psalm 90:10...
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A Dialogue

LGB “OK” LGBT “OK” LGBTQ “OK” “GQBLT...
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(they/them): Who Gives a S/he/it?

Call me old-fashioned or out-of-step or even reactionary, but I just cannot abide the use of “(they/them)” as the pronoun of choice that is increasingly popular among younger people who do not...
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