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Stumbling Towards Shalom

In our circles we often discuss the issue of community building.   And the issue is important. But I am convinced we have failed to think deeply enough about what the letter to the Ephesians calls us to: that if we … Continue reading

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On Keeping Your Mouth Shut and Saving a Life

Recently I ran across an article, actually a blog posting, published in a popular Christian venue, in which the author, a Messianic leader in Israel, proceeded to discount the validity of the Jewish claim of a divinely authoritative Oral Law. … Continue reading

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When Yeshua/Jesus Was Born and What Not To Do About It

When I was a kid, and there were still knights in shining armor,  Maid Marian was kid Marian, Robin hadn’t gotten his hood, and the Sheriff of Nottingham was just learning to think scurrilous thoughts, no one ever said, “It’s … Continue reading

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Toward Making Christmas Once Again A Jewish Holiday

I grew up over a Brooklyn storefront exactly like these.  The weather is familiar too! I remember when I was a kid growing up in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn, New York. I like to say that the Protestant Reformation … Continue reading

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Davvening with Thirteen Dwarves and a Hobbit

I recently had the great pleasure of seeing the new Hobbit movie, accompanying my daughter and also my wife, who spent a considerable part of her youth rambling about in Middle Earth. The movie was, of course, fantastic. Peter Jackson … Continue reading

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Sympathy for Esau and The Arab/Israel Conflict

With all the rhetoric flying about the Arabs and Israeli Jews these days, it is easy, perhaps guaranteed, that we will lose our perspective in one direction or another. Some view the Arabs as entirely at fault, others view Israel … Continue reading

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The West Bank: Why Some Are So Hot and Bothered

Recently I have been in dialogue with friends both from the Right and from the Left about all kinds of subjects pertaining to the upcoming Presidential Election.  It has been impassioned, informative, intelligent and I for one have certainly learned … Continue reading

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The Perfect Follow Up to the Previous Posting: A Cogent Arab Analysis of the Situation in the Middle East

I don’t expect I will ever do this again, but my friend Dr. Michael Rydelnik just posted this on his Facebook page, saying it was “amazing.”  And it is.  Here is an Arab journalist speaking with a level of courage … Continue reading

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The Reversal of Causality: The Great Middle Eastern Flip Flop

It is almost embarrassing to offer this post because the facts seem so obvious, at least to me. And yet, there are many out there too young to have gained a reliable historical perspective on the Middle East,  and others … Continue reading

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The Theory of Palestinian Centrality: Of Sacred Cows and Scapegoats

I am happy to say I am back in the saddle with this blog, having been disrupted, if I can call it that, by the death of a very good friend.  Such events have a way of putting one “off … Continue reading

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